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Stack Navigator Inside Drawer Navigator in React Native

If you are building a React Native app, you may need to have a navigation feature to move between different screens. The React Navigation library provides an easy-to-use solution for this. You can use two types of navigators: Stack Navigator and Drawer Navigator. The Stack Navigator allows you to navigate between screens by stacking them on top of each other while the Drawer Navigator slides screens in from the side.

What is Stack Navigator?

The Stack Navigator is a type of navigator that pushes screens onto a stack-like structure. Each screen can be accessed using a stack-based navigation mechanism. When you push a new screen, the previous screen is pushed down and becomes inactive.

What is Drawer Navigator?

The Drawer Navigator is a type of navigator that slides screens in from the side. It can be used to display navigation menus or other types of content that are not part of the main app interface.

How to Use Stack Navigator Inside Drawer Navigator in React Native?

To use Stack Navigator inside Drawer Navigator in a React Native app, you will need to install the React Navigation library first. You can install it using the following command:

$ npm install @react-navigation/native
$ npm install react-native-reanimated react-native-gesture-handler react-native-screens react-native-safe-area-context @react-native-community/masked-view
$ npm install @react-navigation/stack @react-navigation/drawer

After installing the library, you can create a new React Native app and import the required components as follows:

import * as React from 'react';
import { NavigationContainer } from '@react-navigation/native';
import { createDrawerNavigator } from '@react-navigation/drawer';
import { createStackNavigator } from '@react-navigation/stack';

import HomeScreen from './screens/HomeScreen';
import DetailsScreen from './screens/DetailsScreen';
import MenuScreen from './screens/MenuScreen';

const Drawer = createDrawerNavigator();
const Stack = createStackNavigator();

function App() {
  return (
      <Drawer.Navigator initialRouteName="Home" drawerContent={props => <MenuScreen {...props} />}>
        <Drawer.Screen name="Home" component={HomeStack} />

function HomeStack() {
  return (
    <Stack.Navigator initialRouteName="Home">
      <Stack.Screen name="Home" component={HomeScreen} />
      <Stack.Screen name="Details" component={DetailsScreen} />

export default App;

In the above code, we have created a Drawer Navigator with an initial route named "Home". We have also defined a Stack Navigator named "HomeStack" that contains two screens: "Home" and "Details". The "Home" screen is the initial route of the Stack Navigator.

We have also defined a component named "MenuScreen" that will be used as the content of the Drawer Navigator. You can customize this component to display your own navigation menu or other content.

Finally, we have exported the "App" component as the default component of our app.


In this article, we have learned how to use Stack Navigator inside Drawer Navigator in a React Native app using the React Navigation library. We have also seen how to create a custom menu screen for the Drawer Navigator. With this knowledge, you can create complex navigation patterns for your React Native app.

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