React Native Setup

How to install the Airship React Native module.


  • React Native >= 0.60.0
  • React Native cli >= 2.0.1


  • Xcode 15.3+
  • minimum deployment target iOS 14


  • minSdkVersion 21+
  • compileSdkVersion 33+
  • Java 8

Standard React Native Setup

Install the plugin using yarn or npm:

yarn add @ua/react-native-airship


  1. Compile and Target SDK Versions:

    Urban Airship now requires compileSdk version 33+ or higher.

    Please update the build.gradle file:

    android {
       compileSdkVersion 31
       defaultConfig {
             minSdkVersion 21
             targetSdkVersion 31
             // ...
  2. Java 8 Source Compatibility:

    Airship now requires Java 8 language features across all SDK modules.

    Please update Android Gradle Plugin to version 3.0.0 or higher and change the source and target compatibility for each module that uses Airship SDKs:

    android {
       compileOptions {
          sourceCompatibility JavaVersion.VERSION_1_8
          targetCompatibility JavaVersion.VERSION_1_8

    Modules using Kotlin will also need to set the target version of the generated JVM bytecode:

    tasks.withType(org.jetbrains.kotlin.gradle.tasks.KotlinCompile).configureEach  {
       kotlinOptions {
          jvmTarget = JavaVersion.VERSION_1_8
  3. Download the Android Firebase configuration file google-services.json from the application’s Firebase console into the root directory at android/app/google-services.json.

    If your react-native application does not have an associated app in the Firebase console, follow the FCM setup instructions to set one up.

HMS setup

  1. Follow Huawei’s documentation to set up the HMS SDK.


    Airship requires HMS Core Push SDK or newer.

  2. Add airshipHmsEnabled=true to the app’s


  1. Install pods:

    $ pod install

  2. Open your app’s project in the generated .xcworkspace file, and add the following capabilities:

    • Push Notification
    • Background Modes > Remote Notifications
  3. To take advantage of notification attachments, such as images, animated gifs, and video, you will need to create a notification service extension.

    Follow the steps in the iOS Notification Service Extension Guide.

Expo Setup

Apps using Expo’s managed workflows can use the airship-expo-plugin to configure the project.

expo install airship-expo-plugin
yarn add @ua/react-native-airship

Configure the plugin

Add the plugin to the app.json with the app’s config:

        "mode": "development"

Android Config:

  • icon: Local path to an image to use as the icon for push notifications. 96x96 all-white png with transparency. The name of the icon will be the resource name.

iOS Config:

  • mode: The APNs entitlement. Either development or production

Calling TakeOff

takeOff should be called in a standard application at the beginning of the lifecycle. Once takeOff is called, the config will be stored and applied for future app inits. If takeOff is called again with a different config, the new config will not be applied until the next app init.

import Airship from '@ua/react-native-airship';

    default: {
        appSecret: "REPLACE_WITH_YOUR_APP_SECRET",
    site: "us", // use "eu" for EU cloud projects
    urlAllowList: ["*"],
    android: {
        notificationConfig: {
            icon: "ic_notification",
            accentColor: "#00ff00"

URL Allowlist

The URL allowlist controls which URLs the Airship SDK is able to act on. The SDK divides up usages of URLs into three different config options:

  • urlAllowListScopeOpenUrl: Only URLs allowed for this scope can be opened from an action, displayed in landing page, displayed in an HTML in-app message, or displayed as media in an In-App Automation. Defaults to any Airship-originated URLs and YouTube URLs.
  • urlAllowListScopeJavaScriptInterface: These URLs are checked before the Airship JavaScript interface is injected into the webview. Defaults to any Airship-originated URLs
  • urlAllowList: Both scopes are applied to these URLs.
Valid URL pattern syntax
<pattern> := '*' | <scheme>'://'<host>/<path> | <scheme>'://'<host> | <scheme>':/'<path> | <scheme>':///'<path>
<scheme> := <any char combination, '*' are treated as wild cards>
<host> := '*' | '*.'<any char combination except '/' and '*'> | <any char combination except '/' and '*'>
<path> := <any char combination, '*' are treated as wild cards>

To accept any URL within the SDK, set the urlAllowList to ["*"].

Implementation best practices

Make sure to set up logging. Internal logging can be valuable when troubleshooting issues that arise when testing.

Anytime you make any changes or updates to the SDK, test on a development device to ensure your integration was successful. Also make sure analytic information is still flowing to your Airship project before sending the app to production.