frank frank - 4 months ago 56
iOS Question

UIImagePickerController overlay view using React Native components

I want to define a

overlay view using React Native components. I'm setting up to add a new option to Marc Shilling fabulous react-native-image-picker. I want the
function to take a
and children as one of its parameters, render it, and pass that to
. I got this far:

In ImagePickerManager.m:

NSNumber *viewTag = [self.options valueForKey:@"overlayNode"];
if (![viewTag isEqual:[NSNull null]] && viewTag != 0) {
UIView *view = [_bridge.uiManager viewForReactTag:viewTag];
[self.picker setCameraOverlayView:view];

But this requires me to do some contortions on the JS side in order to get a component instance.

render: function() {
return (
<TouchableHighlight onPress={this._showCamera}><Text>Camera</Text></TouchableHighlight>
<View ref="foo"><Text>On top of the camera!</Text></View>
_showCamera: function() {
var options = {
overlayNode: React.findNodeHandle(,
ImagePickerManager.launchCamera(options, (response) => {


I get a redbox if I try to say
overlayNode: React.findNodeHandle(<View ref="foo"><Text>On top of the camera!</Text></View>)

I experimented a bit with creating a new
and registering the overlay via
but I didn't see anything actually render on the screen.

NSString *overlayRootName = [self.options valueForKey:@"overlayComponentName"];
if (![overlayRootName isEqual:[NSNull null]] && overlayRootName.length != 0) {
RCTRootView *rootView = [[RCTRootView alloc] initWithBridge:self.bridge moduleName:overlayRootName initialProperties:nil];
[self.picker setCameraOverlayView:rootView];

What am I missing here?


The latter solution (declaring an alternative RCTRootView) ended up being the one that worked for me. The problem I was having was that for some reason the bridge that I got in the ImagePickerManager from adding @synthesize bridge = _bridge; was not rendering anything when used in initWithBridge.

Instead, I added a field to my AppDelegate exposing the bridge created in application: didFinishLaunchingWithOptions: much like what was done in this hybrid app example. When I use that bridge in initWithBridge, the overlay renders on the screen. Also made sure to explicitly set rootView.frame and rootView.backgroundColor to transparent.

Screenshot of UIImagePicker with React Native Overlay