UI toolkit

Shoutem UI toolkit enables you to build professionally looking React Native apps with ease.

It consists of three libraries:


Before starting make sure you have:


Create new React Native project:

$ react-native init HelloWorld
$ cd HelloWorld

Install and link @shoutem/ui in your project:

$ npm install @shoutem/ui --save
$ react-native link

To check components in UI toolkit, simply copy the following to your index.ios.js file of React Native project:

#file: index.ios.js
import React, { Component } from 'react';
import { Examples } from '@shoutem/ui';

export default class App extends Component<{}> {
  render() {
    return (
      <Examples />

Finally, run the app!

$ react-native run-ios

To see other components, import them from @shoutem/ui and render them.

You can also use standard React Native components in your layouts anywhere you want, but they will not inherit either the theme or the parent styles, so you will need to style them manually.

Styling components

All components have default style defined by theme in theme.js file in the root of @shoutem/ui package. Theme uses styling rules interpreted by @shoutem/theme package.

Each component can be customized with React Native inline styles or by using styleName properties. Style name is similar to CSS class - it contains a set of styles that is applied to a component, defined in theme

Listed below are common style names that can be used in several UI toolkit components and their variations.


A gutter is an empty space between a component’s boundaries and the component’s content.

Set the same gutter for each side:

  • sm-gutter: small size, defaults to 5px
  • md-gutter: medium size, defaults to 15px
  • lg-gutter: large size, defaults to 30px
  • xl-gutter: extra large size, defaults to 45px

On View, Tile and Overlay components, gutter is applied as padding, while on Text (Typography) and Button components gutter is applied as margin.

Set the gutter for specific side:

  • size-gutter-left: applied to the left side of component
  • size-gutter-right: applied to the right side of component
  • size-gutter-top: applied to the top side of component
  • size-gutter-bottom: applied to the bottom side of component
  • size-gutter-horizontal: applied to horizontal sides (left and right) of component
  • size-gutter-vertical: applied only to vertical sides (top and bottom) of component

Other common style names

  • rounded-corners: applies border radius (defaults to 2 px) to component
  • flexible: applies flexbox to component so it fills parent container component
  • inflexible: component is sized according to its width/height properties but completely inflexible
  • collapsible: causes the component to shrink if it overflows parent container
  • stretch: causes the component to fully fill parent container


Below is one example where and how common style names can be used:

JSX Declaration

  <Overlay styleName="collapsed"><Heading>-20%</Heading></Overlay>
  <Title styleName="md-gutter-top">COOL BLACK AND WHITE STYLISH WATCHES</Title>
  <Subtitle styleName="line-through sm-gutter-top">$280.00</Subtitle>
  <Button styleName="md-gutter-top"><Icon name="cart" /><Text>ADD TO BASKET</Text></Button>

Check Shoutem Theme to learn more about styling rules, style names and how to define your own style name.