React Native Universal Monorepo (? WIP)

An opinonated approach to supporting multiple platforms with React Native using a Yarn Workspaces monorepo.

Check out Running React Native everywhere for an in-depth guide on how and why I recommend trying out this approach if you’re planning to support multiple platforms in your app.



This monorepo uses Yarn workspaces and TypeScript to support a modular React Native project.

The core idea is to isolate the JavaScript app code from the platform configurations (native code + the app bundlers like Metro and Webpack).
This isolation happens by using different workspaces: We have an app workspace for the JavaScript app code, a mobile workspace for the React Native mobile configuration, a macos workspace for the React Native macOS configuration, and so on.

We fully embrace Yarn nohoist to allow using different versions of React Native on each platform (which is recommended but not required), simplifying the adoption of new React Native updates.
Thanks nohoist, each platform workspace (mobile, macos, etc.) can depend on any React Native version, regardless of what version the other platform workspaces are using.
For example, we can use [email protected] on the mobile app and [email protected] on the macOS app — as long as the JavaScript app code supports both versions.
This approach promotes gradual React Native updates over updates in lockstep.

For more details, check out “Running React Native everywhere: Yarn Workspaces monorepo setup”.

⚠️ Please notice that I’m not saying this is the right way to do React Native monorepos. This is just an approach that I enjoy using on larger codebases ?

Supported platforms

  • Android (React Native 0.65)
  • iOS (React Native 0.65)
  • Windows (React Native 0.65)
  • MacOS (React Native 0.63)
  • Web (React Native 0.65)
  • Web – Browser Extension (React Native 0.65)
  • Web – Electron (React Native 0.65)

Getting started

You can use this repo as a boilerplate, removing the workspaces of platforms that you don’t need, or you can create this setup from scratch if you want to fully understand how it works.

Using this repository as a boilerplate

  1. Clone the repository: [email protected]:mmazzarolo/react-native-universal-monorepo.git
  2. Run yarn install cd react-native-universal-monorepo && yarn

Create this setup from scratch

Step by step tutorial on creating this repository from scratch:

Additional resources:

Available commands

Development and build commands:

  • yarn android:metro: Start the metro server for android/iOS
  • yarn android:start: Start developing the android app
  • yarn android:studio: Open the android app on android Studio
  • yarn ios:metro: Start the metro server for android/iOS
  • yarn ios:start: Start developing the iOS app
  • yarn ios:pods: Install iOS cocoapods dependencies
  • yarn ios:xcode: Open the iOS app on XCode
  • yarn macos:metro: Start the metro server for macOS
  • yarn macos:start: Start developing the macOS app
  • yarn macos:pods: Install macOS cocoapods dependencies
  • yarn macos:xcode: Open the macOS app on XCode
  • yarn web:start: Start developing the web app
  • yarn web:build: Create a production build of the web app
  • yarn electron:start: Start developing the electron app
  • yarn electron:package:mac: Package the production binary of the electron app for macOS
  • yarn electron:package:win: Package the production binary of the electron app for windows
  • yarn electron:package:linux: Package the production binary of the electron app for linux
  • yarn browser-ext:start: Start developing the browser extension
  • yarn browser-ext:build: Create a production build of the browser extension
  • yarn windows:metro: Start the metro server for windows
  • yarn windows:start: Start developing the windows app

Other commands (we use ultra-runner to run these commands on all workspaces):

  • yarn lint: Lint each project
  • yarn lint:fix: Lint + fix each project
  • yarn test: Run tests of each project
  • yarn typecheck: Run the TypeScript type-checking on each project

Native dependencies

While working on React Native in a monorepo, you’ll notice that several packages won’t work correctly when hoisted — either because they need to be natively linked or because they end up being bundled twice, breaking the build (e.g., react, react-dom).
This is not an issue with the approach used in this project per se. It’s more of a common problem with monorepos.

To fix these issues, we mark them as nohoist, so they will be installed in each package that depends on them.

In this monorepo, you can see an example of such libraries in react-native-async-storage.

In the metro bundler and Webpack configs used across the monorepo, I’m using a set of build-tools that ensures nohoisted packages are resolved correctly.
So, as long as you add these libraries to the nohoist list, you should be good to go ?


Contributions, discussions, and feedback are welcome! Please keep in mind that this project is still a WIP, so I suggest asking if there are any active plans on feature changes before submitting new PR ?