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Karan Pratap Singh
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Quick guide for updating package name in React Native

Quick guide for updating package name in React Native

Hey, React Native community, in this short article let's see how to change the package name and bundle Ids in our React Native application.

List of files to edit to change/rename your react-native android project.
The following constants are used in the files to denote what kind of value should be placed.

  • APPLICATION_NAME - this will be used by react-native to identify your application.
  • APPLICATION_DISPLAY_NAME - Display name on the Home Screen.
  • ANDROID_PACKAGE_NAME - A valid android package name.
  • IOS_BUNDLE_ID - A valid iOS bundle identifier.

Please note that this is only to show what files to modify, the contents of the files are omitted in order to emphasize the parts to change.

Android

Files to modify

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FILE                  |  PATH
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app.json              |  ./
index.js              |  ./
package.json          |  ./
settings.gradle       |  ./android/
BUCK                  |  ./android/app/
build.gradle          |  ./android/app/
AndroidManifest.xml   |  ./android/app/src/main/
MainActivity.java     |  ./android/app/src/main/java/**
MainApplication.java  |  ./android/app/src/main/java/**
strings.xml           |  ./android/app/src/main/res/values
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AndroidManifest.xml

<!-- ./android/app/src/main/AndroidManifest.xml -->
<!-- change the value of 'package' -->

<manifest xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    package="ANDROID_PACKAGE_NAME">   
</manifest>
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BUCK

# ./android/app/BUCK

# find 'android_build_config' and 'android_resource'
# ANDROID_PACKAGE_NAME = com.mycompany.whaterver.app

android_build_config(
    name = "build_config",
    package = "ANDROID_PACKAGE_NAME",
)

android_resource(
    name = "res",
    package = "ANDROID_PACKAGE_NAME",
    res = "src/main/res",
)
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MainActivity.java

// ./android/app/src/main/java/

/* NOTE: create a directory according to your package name
 * example: An android package name like, 'com.mycompany.sub.app'
 * will turn into 'com/mycompany/sub/app'
 * Now, manually create/put MainActivity.java under './android/app/src/main/java/com/mycompany/sub/app/'
*/

package ANDROID_PACKAGE_NAME;

import com.facebook.react.ReactActivity;

public class MainActivity extends ReactActivity {

    /**
     * Returns the name of the main component registered from JavaScript.
     * This is used to schedule rendering of the component.
     */
    @Override
    protected String getMainComponentName() {
        return "APPLICATION_NAME";
    }
}
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MainApplication.java

// ./android/app/src/main/java/

// Similar to MainActivity.java
/* NOTE: create a directory according to your package name
 * example: An android package name like, 'com.mycompany.sub.app'
 * will turn into 'com/mycompany/sub/app'
 * Now, manually create/put MainActivity.java under './android/app/src/main/java/com/mycompany/sub/app/'
*/

package ANDROID_PACKAGE_NAME;

import android.app.Application;

import com.facebook.react.ReactApplication;
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app.json

{
  "name": "APPLICATION_NAME",
  "displayName": "APPLICATION_DISPLAY_NAME"
}
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build.gradle

# ./android/app/build.gradle

# find 'applicationId' under 'android.defaultConfig'
# android.defaultConfig.applicationId


android {
    compileSdkVersion 23
    buildToolsVersion "23.0.1"

    defaultConfig {
        applicationId "ANDROID_PACKAGE_NAME"
        minSdkVersion 16
        targetSdkVersion 22
        versionCode 1
        versionName "1.0"
        ndk {
            abiFilters "armeabi-v7a", "x86"
        }
    }
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index.js

import { AppRegistry } from 'react-native';
import App from './App';

AppRegistry.registerComponent('APPLICATION_NAME', () => App);
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package.json

{
  "name": "APPLICATION_NAME",
  "version": "0.0.1",
  "private": true,
  "scripts": {
    "start": "node node_modules/react-native/local-cli/cli.js start",
    "test": "jest"
  },
  "dependencies": {
    "react": "16.3.1",
    "react-native": "0.55.3"
  }
}
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settings.gradle

// ./android/settings.gradle

rootProject.name = 'APPLICATION_NAME'
include ':app'
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strings.xml

<!-- ./android/app/src/main/res/values/strings.xml -->
<resources>
    <!-- NOTE: 
      This will be the name visible in the Android Home screen
    -->
    <string name="app_name">APPLICATION_NAME/APPLICATION_DISPLAY_NAME</string>
</resources>
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iOS

Files to modify

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FILE                  |  PATH
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info.plist            |  ./ios/APPLICATION_NAME/**
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info.plist
<dict>
  ...
  <key>CFBundleDisplayName</key>
  <string>APPLICATION_NAME</string>
  <key>CFBundleIdentifier</key>
  <string>IOS_BUNDLE_ID</string>
  ...
</dict>
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I hope you were able to update the package name of your app, as always don't forget to run a clean build after these changes.

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Happy Coding ­čÄë

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Gautham Vijayan

You sir a legend!!

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Gautham Vijayan

You saved me as google play store is saying "App package name already exists" and I have to do all the steps mentioned here!!

Thanks a lot!

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Karan Pratap Singh Author

Glad it helped!

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Gautham Vijayan

Please add two more things here.

  1. For Splash Screen we have to change the name from old to new.
  2. And in MainApplication.java we have to change package name at class as shown below.
 private static void initializeFlipper(
      Context context, ReactInstanceManager reactInstanceManager) {
    if (BuildConfig.DEBUG) {
      try {
        /*
         We use reflection here to pick up the class that initializes Flipper,
        since Flipper library is not available in release mode
        */

        Class<?> aClass = 
Class.forName("com.<New_Package_name>.ReactNativeFlipper");


        aClass
            .getMethod("initializeFlipper", Context.class, ReactInstanceManager.class)
            .invoke(null, context, reactInstanceManager);
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Gautham Vijayan

I ran into errors because of these ones.

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paulg0614

Thanks!
Worked for most part, but I keep getting a weird warning which I can't seem to figure out.
I am able to get it loaded in Android emulator too.
The warning I get is:
Invalid applications's package name "com.domain.testMe" in AndroidManifest.xml. Read guidelines for setting package name here:.......
Prior to making this change, I didn't get the warning.
Any ideas?

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Andres Osorio

Excellent it helped me a lot, I have a question, after executing "npx react-native run-android" on my android device I get the name of the application "app_name", it does not appear as I put it in app.json displayName: 'App Name', any suggestions?

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Siva

Thank you its helped well....and simple....Goto VSCode -> search & replace(ctrl+shift+h) ->Enter Search for "OLD_PACKAGE_NAME" enter Replace to "NEW_PACKAGE_NAME" press replace all.....

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Faruk Mollao─člu

Great post! Thanks a lot!

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Karan Pratap Singh Author

Glad it helped

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salman-pixarsart

We also need to update moduleName in appDelegate.m file with our package name. RCTBridge *bridge = [[RCTBridge alloc] initWithDelegate:self launchOptions:launchOptions];
RCTRootView *rootView = [[RCTRootView alloc] initWithBridge:bridge
moduleName:@"new_name"
initialProperties:nil];
And make sure you add exact name as you added in app.json file.

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Adhe Widianjaya

This is the most helpful so far. Thank you so much!

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srini-rg

You saved my life. Thanks :-)

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Firzatullah Dwiko Ramadhan

really hellpful. Thanks!

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Pedro Henrique Rissato • Edited

I'm going add to the list to rename inside ios/project_name/AppDelegate.m, since AppName is hard coded.