React Native: Opening a website URL with the default browser

Updated: February 12, 2023 By: A Goodman One comment

In React Native, there is nothing similar to the <a> tag in HTML. In order to open a web link in a React Native app, we need to use the built-in Linking API. You can import Linking like this:

import { Linking } from 'react-native';
// or like this in Expo:
import { Linking } from 'expo';

Example

This demo app shows you how to open a website URL with the default device’s browser in a React Native app. It displays a blue, underlined link in the center of the screen. When this link gets tapped, a webpage will show up.

App Preview

The complete code:

import React from 'react';
import {
  StyleSheet,
  View,
  Text,
  TouchableOpacity,
  Linking,
} from 'react-native';
/* if you're using Expo, use these lines instead:
import {StyleSheet, View, Text, TouchableOpacity} from 'react-native';
import { Linking } from 'expo';
*/

const MY_URL = 'https://www.kindacode.com';
const MY_TEXT = 'The Beautiful Link';

const App = () => {
  return (
    <View style={styles.screen}>
      <TouchableOpacity onPress={() => Linking.openURL(MY_URL)}>
        <Text style={styles.linkText}>{MY_TEXT}</Text>
      </TouchableOpacity>
    </View>
  );
};

// You can ignore this section, just some styles for our app
const styles = StyleSheet.create({
  screen: {
    flex: 1,
    justifyContent: 'center',
    alignItems: 'center',
  },
  linkText: {
    color: 'blue',
    textDecorationLine: 'underline',
    fontSize: 24,
  },
});

export default App;

Further reading:

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