Expo Application Services
API Reference


A common feature request from developers familiar with the web is background-image. To handle this use case, you can use the <ImageBackground> component, which has the same props as <Image>, and add whatever children to it you would like to layer on top of it.
You might not want to use <ImageBackground> in some cases, since the implementation is basic. Refer to <ImageBackground>'s source code for more insight, and create your own custom component when needed.
Note that you must specify some width and height style attributes.


import React from 'react';
import { ImageBackground, StyleSheet, Text, View } from 'react-native';

const image = { uri: '' };

const App = () => (
  <View style={styles.container}>
    <ImageBackground source={image} resizeMode="cover" style={styles.image}>
      <Text style={styles.text}>Inside</Text>

const styles = StyleSheet.create({
  container: {
    flex: 1,
  image: {
    flex: 1,
    justifyContent: 'center',
  text: {
    color: 'white',
    fontSize: 42,
    lineHeight: 84,
    fontWeight: 'bold',
    textAlign: 'center',
    backgroundColor: '#000000c0',

export default App;

Inherits Image Props.

Image Style

Allows to set a reference to the inner Image component