• A React Native application


1. Start downloading the Android NDK (2 minutes)

  • Download the NDK here (it can take 20 to 30 minutes)

  • Once the download has started you can move on to the next steps

2. Apply your patch at deployment time (15 minutes)

  • Copy the files that contain the fixes inside a fix-rn directory at the root of the project

  • Create a scripts/ file at the root of your project, looking like:


cp fix-rn/ node_modules/react-native/ReactAndroid/path/to/the/faulty/
cp fix-rn/ node_modules/react-native/ReactAndroid/path/to/the/faulty/

for example:


cp fix-rn/ node_modules/react-native/ReactAndroid/src/main/java/com/facebook/react/uimanager/
  • Make the file executable by running $ chmod +x scripts/


  • when you run $ scripts/ your files have been changed in your node modules

  • Add scripts/ in the postInstall of your package.json

  • Make sure your run yarn after you've pulled the latest changes in your deployment script


  • when you run your deploy script your files have been changed in your node modules

3. Configure your app to take the patched version of React Native (5 minutes)

(This part comes from the official React Native documentation)

Adding gradle dependencies

Add gradle-download-task as dependency in android/build.gradle:

    dependencies {
        classpath ''
        classpath 'de.undercouch:gradle-download-task:3.1.2'

        // NOTE: Do not place your application dependencies here; they belong
        // in the individual module build.gradle files

Adding the :ReactAndroid project

Add the :ReactAndroid project in android/settings.gradle:

include ':ReactAndroid'

project(':ReactAndroid').projectDir = new File(
    rootProject.projectDir, '../node_modules/react-native/ReactAndroid')

Modify your android/app/build.gradle to use the :ReactAndroid project instead of the pre-compiled library, e.g. - replace compile 'com.facebook.react:react-native:+' with compile project(':ReactAndroid'):

dependencies {
    compile fileTree(dir: 'libs', include: ['*.jar'])
    compile ''

    compile project(':ReactAndroid')


Making 3rd-party modules use your fork

If you use 3rd-party React Native modules, you need to override their dependencies so that they don't bundle the pre-compiled library. Otherwise you'll get an error while compiling - Error: more than one library with package name 'com.facebook.react'.

You don't need to change the code of all your modules. Modify your android/app/build.gradle, and add at the same level that dependencies and android:

configurations.all {
    exclude group: 'com.facebook.react', module: 'react-native'

4. Finish NDK installation (5 minutes)

  • Once the NDK has been downloaded unzip it under /Users/your_unix_name/android-ndk/ (create android-ndk if necessary)

  • Set ANDROID_SDK and ANDROID_NDK through you local shell (.zshrc or .bashrc), for example:

export ANDROID_SDK=/Users/your_unix_name/android-sdk-macosx
export ANDROID_NDK=/Users/your_unix_name/android-ndk/android-ndk-r10e
  • Don't forget to run source ~/.zshrc (or .bashrc) to get the environment variables in your current shell session


  • when you run react-native run-android your app compiles and you can see that :ReactAndroid is built in the logs

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