React Native Vector Image

iOS/Android native vector assets generated from SVG.

  • Faster render – ~5x faster than react-native-svg.
  • Smaller JS bundle = faster startup.
  • Native support for dark mode.


yarn add react-native-vector-image @klarna/react-native-drawable-android


Since native vector assets cannot be served over http via metro dev server, they must be generated and compiled into the app bundle.

Step 1: import an .svg file

import VectorImage from 'react-native-vector-image';

const App = () => <VectorImage source={require('./image.svg')} />;

To add dark mode to your image, create a new file with an .dark.svg extension, ie image.svg = light and image.dark.svg = dark.

Step 2: generate native assets

This takes a while as metro has to go through all the code to find the imported SVGs.

yarn react-native-vector-image generate
Argument Description Default
--entry-file Path to the app entrypoint file. index.js
--config Path to the metro config file. metro.config.js
--reset-cache Reset metro cache before extracting SVG assets. false
--ios-output Path to an iOS .xcassets folder. ios/AppName/Images.xcassets
--no-ios-output Disable iOS output. false
--android-output Path to an Android res folder. android/app/src/main/res
--no-android-output Disable Android output. false

Step 3: recompile

yarn react-native run-ios
# or
yarn react-native run-android


generate command outputs "Error while parsing image.svg"

Some optimizations applied by SVGO are not compatible with the SVG parser on Android. Try to re-export the SVG without optimizing it.

<VectorImage /> warns "Could not find image"

It means that the native vector asset does not exist or is out of sync with the SVG. Simply generate the files and recompile the app.