What are native modules

If you haven’t used React Native to build apps before, the term “Native Modules” might seem completely new to you. Native Modules are like NativeScript plugins. They allow interacting with some native API or SDK or a Library through a simple and easy to use Javascript interface. For example you might want to access some bluetooth functionality or use a Google service like Firebase/Google Pay in your application.

Installing native modules

With Open Native setup in your project, installing native modules is very simple. Let’s install a simple module as an example so you know how easy it is!


We are going to install react-native-gzip which is a native module for fast string compression on android & ios. We will be following it’s documentation for installation & Open Native will do the rest for us.

First we will install the module:

npm install react-native-gzip
yarn add react-native-gzip

And then we are going to use it in our Svelte Native app.

  <actionBar title="Gzip example" />
  <flexboxLayout class="info">
    <button text="Compress string to base64" class="btn" on:tap="{compress}" />
    <label textWrap="true" class="label" text="{compressed}" />

    <button text="Decompress base64 string" class="btn" on:tap="{decompress}" />
    <label class="label" text="{decompressed}" />

<script lang="ts">
  import { deflate, inflate } from 'react-native-gzip';
  let compressed = '';
  let decompressed = '';

  const compress = async () => {
    compressed = await deflate('NativeScript is awesome');

  const decompress = async () => {
    if (compressed) {
      decompressed = await inflate(compressed);

It’s that simple. If you go to react-native-gzip documentation, you will find the same steps mentioned there too!

Gzip example iOSGzip example Android

See the full gzip example on github.

Okay, that was a really simple module with just two functions. Let’s try something more complex.


We will now install react-native-device-info module in our NativeScript app.

First we will install the module from npm:

npm install react-native-device-info
yarn add react-native-device-info

And then we can follow the documentation and use DeviceInfo methods in our NativeScript Vue app.

      <label text="DeviceInfo example" />
    <FlexboxLayout class="container">
      <label class="info" :text="name" />

      <label class="info" :text="version" />

      <label class="info" :text="carrier" />

  import { getApplicationName, getVersion, getCarrierSync } from 'react-native-device-info';
  export default {
    computed: {
      name() {
        return 'App name:' + getApplicationName();
      version() {
        return 'App version:' + getVersion();
      carrier() {
        return 'Carrier:' + getCarrierSync();
Deviceinfo example iOSDeviceinfo example android

See the full react-native-device-info example on github.

What’s Next

Oh but the native world has never been so straight forward. You might run into some issues when installing different modules. Check out our quick troubleshooting guide to fix common problems.

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