npm i react-native-media-clipboard


Image support for the clipboard in React Native

by Jarred Sumner

1.0.3 (see all)License:MITTypeScript:Built-In
npm i react-native-media-clipboard


React Native has several libraries that let you get the contents of the clipboard, but none of them support images.

react-native-media-clipboard suports:

  • images (including exposing the mime type)
  • multiple strings,
  • multiple URLs

Getting started

$ npm install react-native-media-clipboard --save

Installation (iOS only)

  1. cd ios && pod install
  2. Open your AppDelegate.m:
  3. Add the following line somehwere near the top:
#import <react-native-media-clipboard/MediaClipboard.h>
  1. If your project does not contain any Swift code, then you need to create a bridging header. Basically, just create an empty .swift file from Xcode -> New. It will prompt you asking if you want to create a bridging header. Say yes. If your project already has Swift code (or a bridging header), just ignore this step.

  2. [Optional] Run [MediaClipboard onApplicationBecomeActive] in applicationDidBecomeActive within your AppDelegate, like this:

- (void)applicationDidBecomeActive:(UIApplication *)application {
  [MediaClipboard onApplicationBecomeActive];

This makes sure that the clipboard is in sync if the application went into the background.

  1. Re-run your app (react-native run-ios)


import {
} from "react-native-media-clipboard";
  1. At the root of your application, add <ClipboardProvider> in the render method, like this:
  1. ClipboardContext contains a clipboard and a mediaSource object. It automatically updates whenever the user copies something to their clipboard or removes something from their clipboard.
const { clipboard, mediaSource } = React.useContext(ClipboardContext);

// Example mediaSource:
  "mimeType": "image/png",
  "scale": 1,
  "width": 828,
  "uri": "file:///tmp/C4A65610-E644-44C2-AC54-25A8AD56A4C6.png",
  "height": 1792

// Example clipboard:
  clipboard: {
    urls: [],
    strings: [],
    hasImages: false,
    hasURLs: false,
    hasStrings: false
  mediaSource: null

// You can just pass in the `mediaSource` object to the built-in Image component. As long as the mediaSource object is not null, it should just work.
<Image source={mediaSource} />

There are type definitions for these, so you shouldn't need to refer back to this much.

Images are saved in the temporary directory for the app. It does not send data URIs across the bridge.

There is a JSI implementation of this as well, however I haven't finished porting it to this library. A contributor is welcome to submit a PR for that :)