Level Up Your App: QR Code Power in React Native

Hey everyone, and welcome back to the channel! Today, we’re diving into the world of QR
codes and React Native. We’ll learn how to generate QR codes dynamically within your apps
and even share them directly with users- all the power packed into a convenient little square.

WhyQRCodesinReact Native Apps?

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QRcodes, those ubiquitous black-and-white squares, are more than just relics of the past. They
offer a fantastic way to bridge the gap between the physical and digital world. In React Native
apps, QR codes can:

Seamlessly Share Data: Embed website URLs, contact information, or even product details
within a QR code. Users can access this information with a quick scan using their phone’s
camera.
WorkOffline: Unlike online links, QR codes don’t require an internet connection to be
scanned. Perfect for situations where connectivity might be limited.
EnhanceUser Experience: QR codes can streamline interactions. Imagine directing users
to specific app sections or providing access to additional resources with a simple scan.

Getting Started (Library Installation)

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To get started, we’ll be using the awesome react-native-qrcode-svg library. Let’s jump into your
terminal and install it using npm or yarn:

 In terminal
 npm install react-native-qrcode-svg

Generating a QR Code (Code Example)

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Now, let’s get coding! Here’s how to generate a QR code:

  1. Import the QRCode component from react-native-qrcode-svg.
  2. Provide the data you want to encode within the value prop. This could be a website URL,
    text, or any data you want users to access.
  3. Customize the look of your QR code using props like size, color, and backgroundColor.

Here’s some code to illustrate this:

This code generates a QR code encoding the provided website URL. Play around with the size
and colors to match your app’s design.

Sharing the QR Code Image

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While react-native-qrcode-svg renders the QR code as an SVG component, we might want to
share it as an image. Here’s a basic approach using additional libraries:

  • Install react-native-fs and react-native-share
 In terminal
 npm install react-native-fs react-native-share
  • Import necessary components and functions.
  • Capture the rendered QR code as an image using react-native-svg’s built-in toDataURL
    function.
  • Savetheimagetotemporarystorageusingreact-native-fs.
  • Utilizereact-native-sharetosharethesavedimagewithotherapps.

ImportantNote:Thisisasimplifiedexample. Inareal-worldapp,you’llneedtohandleuser
interactions, temporaryfilemanagement,andpotentialerrorscenarios.

CodeExample(SharingFunctionality)

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Here’saglimpseofhowthesharingfunctionalitymight look:

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