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A library that allows you to capture a React Native view and save it as an image.


This library is listed in the Expo SDK reference because it is included in Expo Go. You may use any library of your choice with development builds.

Given a view, captureRef will essentially screenshot that view and return an image for you. This is very useful for things like signature pads, where the user draws something, and then you want to save an image from it.

If you're interested in taking snapshots from the GLView, we recommend you use GLView's takeSnapshotAsync instead.


npx expo install react-native-view-shot

If you are installing this in an existing React Native app (bare workflow), start by installing expo in your project. Then, follow the additional instructions as mentioned by library's README under "Installation in bare React Native projects" section.


import { captureRef } from 'react-native-view-shot';

captureRef(view, options)

Snapshots the given view.


  • view (number|ReactElement) -- The ref or reactTag (also known as node handle) for the view to snapshot.

  • options (object) --

    An optional map of optional options

    • format (string) -- "png" | "jpg" | "webm", defaults to "png", "webm" supported only on Android.
    • quality (number) -- Number between 0 and 1 where 0 is worst quality and 1 is best, defaults to 1
    • result (string) -- The type for the resulting image. - 'tmpfile' -- (default) Return a temporary file uri. - 'base64' -- base64 encoded image. - 'data-uri' -- base64 encoded image with data-uri prefix.
    • height (number) -- Height of result in pixels
    • width (number) -- Width of result in pixels
    • snapshotContentContainer (bool) -- if true and when view is a ScrollView, the "content container" height will be evaluated instead of the container height


An image of the format specified in the options parameter.

Note on pixel values

Remember to take the device PixelRatio into account. When you work with pixel values in a UI, most of the time those units are "logical pixels" or "device-independent pixels". With images like PNG files, you often work with "physical pixels". You can get the PixelRatio of the device using the React Native API: PixelRatio.get()

For example, to save a 'FullHD' picture of 1080x1080, you would do something like this:

const targetPixelCount = 1080; // If you want full HD pictures
const pixelRatio = PixelRatio.get(); // The pixel ratio of the device
// pixels * pixelRatio = targetPixelCount, so pixels = targetPixelCount / pixelRatio
const pixels = targetPixelCount / pixelRatio;

const result = await captureRef(this.imageContainer, {
  result: 'tmpfile',
  height: pixels,
  width: pixels,
  quality: 1,
  format: 'png',