If you are using React Native and needed an animated tab view at some point, you have probably seen the react-native-tab-view library. It’s also used in React Navigation’s material tabs.

In earlier versions, the library used ScrollView on iOS and ViewPagerAndroid on Android to provide smooth animations and gestures. While this provided a close to native experience, there were too many differences between the implementations between 2 platforms which made things inconsistent and hard to maintain. In addition, ScrollView was difficult to work with.

This new 2.0 version includes a rewrite of the pager using react-native-gesture-handler and react-native-reanimated. This addresses many platform specific bugs and performance problems and makes the library easier to maintain.

Due to the use of reanimated as opposed to React Native’s AnimatedAPI, this release is not backward compatible. However, I have tried my best to keep the API mostly unchanged for an easier upgrade path. If you’ve been using the components provided by the library, the migration will require minimal changes.

Breaking changes

  • The renderPager prop is removed in favor of a single cross-platform pager.
  • The animationEnabled prop is removed as it doesn’t make much sense in the scope of this library.
  • The canJumpToTab prop is removed as it’s not straightforward to implement with decent UX.
  • The onAnimationEnd prop has been removed (if you need it, PR welcome to add it back).
  • The position prop received by the various renderX callbacks are now reanimatednodes.
  • The renderScene prop doesn’t receive navigationState anymore as screens rendered in renderScene should not rely on the navigation state for performance. You can still pass the navigation state explicitly.
  • react-native-web support is dropped because reanimated doesn’t support it.

New Features

  • New activeColor and inactiveColor to customize the label and icon colors.
  • Add contentContainerStyle prop to TabBar.
  • Add lazy prop to defer rendering unfocused scenes.

For instructions on how to upgrade, see the release notes. If you face any issues with version, report them on our issue tracker.

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