Custom Transitions – 3 Top React Native Navigation Tips

We bring today a glimpse into React Native Custom Transitions. Written by our Frontend Developer Juan Padin.

Dive into Custom Transitions

First of all, the Stack Navigator facilitates seamless transitions between screens in your app, stacking each new screen on top of the existing ones.

By default, it adopts the recognizable iOS and Android visual style, with new screens sliding in from the right on iOS and utilizing the default OS animation on Android.

However, these animations can be tailored to suit your specific preferences and design requirements.

Gesture Direction

When it comes to navigating between screens, the default transition is often horizontal.

But, did you know that you can customize this experience using the ‘gestureDirection’ attribute?

Hence, this attribute accepts two values: ‘horizontal’ and ‘vertical.’

By applying this attribute, you have the power to change the navigation flow either across the entire stack, or on a more granular level for individual screens.

Horizontal (default)


More Custom Transitions to explore!

So now, let’s explore how to create a more customized transition in your stack navigation.

The stack accepts a property called cardStyleInterpolator in the options attribute, allowing you to define a function that customizes the animation between screens.

This property lets you specify how card components should animate during the transition.

The supported properties include: containerStyle, cardStyle, overlayStyle, and shadowStyle.

The function passed to cardStyleInterpolator receives the following arguments: current, progress, index, closing, and layouts.

For more detailed information on these elements, you can visit the official React Navigation documentation

A config which just fades the screen looks like this:

          cardStyleInterpolator: ({current}) => ({
            cardStyle: {
              opacity: current.progress,

        {props => <ListScreen {...props} index={index} setIndex={setIndex} />}



Another exciting avenue for crafting custom transitions is to export various configurations from the library, equipped with ready-made animations.

For instance, you can leverage the CardStyleInterpolators from @react-navigation/stack to streamline your transition animations. Here’s a quick example of how to implement it:

import { CardStyleInterpolators } from '@react-navigation/stack';

// …

        {props => <ListScreen {...props} index={index} setIndex={setIndex} />}


These are just a few simple ways to inject a bit more vitality into your transitions, ensuring they’re not always the same.

But, if you’re eager to explore a more intricate example, check out the video at the end.

It showcases the use of the aforementioned techniques with some variations, resulting in a captivating and polished final outcome:

Let’s get visual

Let’s round up

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