How to add custom fonts to your React Native project with Expo and React Navigation!
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To achieve our goal, we will take the following steps :
- Generate a new test project with Expo-CLI.
- Install and import react-navigation, react-navigation-stack modules.
- Create 2 screens and display some dummy text.
- Download a Font and add it to the project.
- Import and use loadAsync helper from Expo
- Wire up the newly added font and use it in the project.
- Generate a new Expo project :
Head over to a directory of your choice and run :
npx expo-cli init test-custom-font
expo init test-custom-font
2. Install the dependencies
run the following to install react-navigation dependencies :
`npm i react-navigation react-navigation-stack react-navigation-gesture-handler``
While the installation is running, let’s open the project and add some boilerplate.
3. Create the screens and display some text
To keep this article short, i will skip the how-to-create-and-import-export-your-components section, and head over to the adding the Font.
At this point, your files should look like this :
Let’s start the development server and see what we have for now,
3. Download a Font and add it to the project.
- Inside the assets folder, create a fonts folder.
- Head over to google fonts .
- Download and unzip a font of your choice in any location on your machine.
- Copy/paste the .ttf file inside the fonts folder.
- In this demo we will use “montserrat”.
By now, our project structure should look like this :
4. Import Expo Font module and wire up the custom font
Now, here is the fun part, according to Expo documentation, loading a custom font should be done using
componentDidMount() life cycle method in App.js.
The current implementation of our App.js does not support a life cycle method, as the root component (App.js line 11)is created and exported immediately.
Likely for us, the only thing Expo expects from our App.js is a valid React component.
So let’s build and export a custom App component with our loaded font.
Your App.js should look like this now,
5. Use the newly added font :
Now, all we have to do is add the font family to our style object, in both HomeScreen.js and DetailScreen.js :
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