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Basic Usage

You start with a Chat component that will render a chat. It has 3 required properties:

  • messages - an array of messages to be rendered. Accepts any message, see types. If you have your message types you will need to map those to any of the defined ones. Let us know if we need to add more message types or add more fields to the existing ones.
  • onSendPress - a function that will have a partial text message as a parameter. See types for more info on how types are structured. From the partial text message you need to create a text message which will at least have author, id, text and type: 'text', this is done by you because we wanted to give you more control over those values.
  • user - a User object, that has only one required field - an id, used to determine the message author.

Below you will find a drop-in example of the chat with only text messages.


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All examples are in TypeScript.

import { Chat, MessageType } from '@flyerhq/react-native-chat-ui'
import React, { useState } from 'react'
import { SafeAreaProvider } from 'react-native-safe-area-context'

// For the testing purposes, you should probably use
const uuidv4 = () => {
return 'xxxxxxxx-xxxx-4xxx-yxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx'.replace(/[xy]/g, (c) => {
const r = Math.floor(Math.random() * 16)
const v = c === 'x' ? r : (r % 4) + 8
return v.toString(16)

const App = () => {
const [messages, setMessages] = useState<MessageType.Any[]>([])
const user = { id: '06c33e8b-e835-4736-80f4-63f44b66666c' }

const addMessage = (message: MessageType.Any) => {
setMessages([message, ...messages])

const handleSendPress = (message: MessageType.PartialText) => {
const textMessage: MessageType.Text = {
author: user,
id: uuidv4(),
text: message.text,
type: 'text',

return (
// Remove this provider if already registered elsewhere
// or you have React Navigation set up

export default App