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By Omkar Lubal
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June 29, 2022
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Measure text height and/or width without laying it out.


Automatic installation


$ yarn add react-native-measure-text

or, if you want the latest features, then run:

$ yarn add react-native-measure-text@next

And then:

$ react-native link react-native-measure-text

Manual installation


  1. In XCode, in the project navigator, right click LibrariesAdd Files to [your project's name]
  2. Go to node_modulesreact-native-measure-text and add RNMeasureText.xcodeproj
  3. In XCode, in the project navigator, select your project. Add libRNMeasureText.a to your project’s Build PhasesLink Binary With Libraries
  4. Run your project (Cmd+R)<


  1. Open up android/app/src/main/java/[...]/MainActivity.java
  • Add import io.github.airamrguez.RNMeasureTextPackage; to the imports at the top of the file
  • Add new RNMeasureTextPackage() to the list returned by the getPackages() method
  1. Append the following lines to android/settings.gradle:
    include ':react-native-measure-text'
    project(':react-native-measure-text').projectDir = new File(rootProject.projectDir,     '../node_modules/react-native-measure-text/android')
  2. Insert the following lines inside the dependencies block in android/app/build.gradle:
      compile project(':react-native-measure-text')


import MeasureText from 'react-native-measure-text';

const texts = [
  'This is an example',
  'This is the second line'
const width = 100;
const fontSize = 15;
const fontFamily = 'Arvo';

class Test extends Component {
  state = {
    heights: [],
  async componentDidMount() {
    const heights = await MeasureText.heights({(
      texts, /* texts to measure */
      width, /* container width */
      fontFamily /* fontFamily is optional! */
    this.setState({ heights });
  render() {
    const { heights } = this.state;
    return (
        {texts.map((text, i) => (
              height: heights[i],



Returns a promise that resolves to all the heights of the texts passed in options.


Returns a promise that resolves to all the widths of the texts passed in options.

Measure options:

  • texts: An array of texts to measure.
  • width: Container width when you want to measure the height.
  • height: Container height when you want to measure the width.
  • fontSize: The size of the font.
  • fontFamily: The name of a custom font or a preinstalled font. This is optional.
  • fontWeight: Specifies font weight. The values are the same that React Native allows: enum('normal', 'bold', '100', '200', '300', '400', '500', '600', '700', '800', '900')

How to use a custom font?

Follow these steps:

  1. Create assets/fonts at the root of your React Native project.
  2. Add this piece of JSON into your package.json file:
  "rnpm": {
    "assets": [
  1. If you want to use the same font cross-platform, in order to avoid platform incompatibility issues, be sure that your font file name matches the font name! For example if the font name is “Arvo” the file should be named “Arvo.ttf”. You can specify different fonts for each platform if you want.
  2. Run the command react-native link on the root of your project to link the added fonts.

Using fontWeight

If you are using custom fonts then you have to add the bold version into the assets/fonts directory. Follow the convention that React Native applies. Extracted from the docs:

Given a “family” font family the files in the assets/fonts folder need to be family.ttf (.otf) family_bold.ttf(.otf) family_italic.ttf(.otf) and family_bold_italic.ttf(.otf)

You’re ready to go!


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