React Native is one of the most popular cross-platform app development frameworks, and it's definitely the most mature. This is why it is used by the likes of Facebook, UberEats, Tesla, and others to create great cross-platform mobile app experiences from one codebase. Often, great React Native apps are built with great React Native tools.
However, even as the most mature cross-platform mobile app development framework, React Native does not enjoy the same amount of development tools and mobile SDKs as native iOS and Android apps do. In this post, we will take a look at some of the best React Native tools for the mobile app developer.
From the creators of NativeBase, one of the most popular React Native UI components kits, BuilderX is a browser-based React Native design tool that automatically converts your designs to code. BuilderX comes with a component library and icons for every need to help you quickly build beautiful apps, or you can simply convert your Sketch designs to React Native through the tool.
Pricing: $15 per month for a Personal plan limited to 1 user, $20 per user per month for the Team plan that unlocks team sharing.
Bitrise is a mobile-focused React Native CI/CD tool that you can use to automate the build, test, deploy pipeline of your app with just a few clicks. Every build runs in its own virtual machine, and all data is discarded at the end of the build so you don’t need your computer for building. Bitrise also integrates with more than 300 other tools to fit right in with your toolchain.
Pricing: $36 for the Solo Developer plan with one concurrency and 45 minutes per build, the Org Standard plan starts at $90 with up to 10 concurrencies and 90 minutes per build, and the Org Elite plan starts at $270 with up to 10 concurrencies and 90 minutes per build.
Codemagic is another CI/CD tool that you can use to automate the build, test, deploy pipeline of your app and integrates with all your favorite tools. It also offers data encryption for all sensitive data and no code is stored on their servers. You can even set specific user roles with their team access control feature.
Pricing: 500 build minutes and 120 minutes per build for free with pay-as-you-go pricing after that at $0.038 per minute for macOS standard VM and $0.095 per minute for macOS premium VM. Business plans start at $299 per month and offer unlimited macOS premium VM minutes, unlimited team members, and 3 concurrent builds.
Mixpanel is one of the most powerful analytics tools available on the market and it can help you track your users and how they interact with your app. With its React Native SDK, Mixpanel lets you track key metrics and build funnels to help convert, engage, and retain more users.
Pricing: Free for up to 100k monthly tracked users. Plans start at $25 per month and depend on the number of monthly tracked users.
Countly is an open-source analytics tool for web and mobile apps that you can use to track your users' in-app behavior. Its React Native SDK can also help you track key metrics and build funnels to help convert, engage, and retain more users.
Pricing: Countly is open-source and you can self-host it for free. For hosted options, you will have to contact them for a quote.
Instabug is a platform for real-time contextual insights for mobile apps that can be used for in-app bug reporting, crash reporting, app performance monitoring (APM), surveys, and feature requests. By integrating Instabug’s React Native SDK in your app, you can allow your users to report bugs they encounter without leaving the app. Instabug grabs a screenshot that can be annotated and blurred by your users and captures comprehensive logs and device details to help you find and fix issues faster.
Crash reports are also sent with all the logs and device details you need to find the exact issue, and Instabug's APM helps you keep an eye on your app performance and identify issues like slow app launches, UI hangs, and more. You can also send targeted surveys to your users to gain a better understanding of the whys behind your user actions and let users request features and vote on them.
Pricing: The Basic plan starts at $149 per month and the Pro plan starts at $249 per month. Billed annually, they are 20% cheaper at $124 and $208 respectively.
Apptimize is a mobile-focused A/B testing and feature-flags tool that supports React Native mobile applications. This tool helps you launch A/B tests to experiment with different ideas to improve your app experience and optimize your funnels and settle on the best performing variants. You can also use their feature-flags to control your releases, mitigate rollout risks and rollback without an update, or simply for targeted releases like releasing only to your beta testers.
Pricing: Contact Apptimize for a quote.
Appodeal is one of the most powerful and feature-rich mobile ad mediation tools available on the market that helps you monetize your app by serving ads from the top ad networks. They offer a hybrid in-app bidding technology that you can customize by giving a higher priority to your preferred ad networks from over 70 ad networks available on the platform. Appodeal also offers A/B testing for ad placements, audiences, product updates, and more to help you optimize your setup, in addition to powerful reporting to help you understand how your app is performing.
Judopay is an in-app payments solution that can handle payments in your app and help you accept multiple payment methods. Their SDK provides highly customizable pre-built checkout pages that you can easily adapt to your brand.
Pricing: Judopay offers tailored pricing and you will have to contact them for a quote.
Square is another in-app payments solution that can handle payments in your app and help you accept multiple payment methods. Their SDK also provides highly customizable pre-built checkout pages that you can easily adapt to your brand.
Pricing: Square's pricing changes by region, but they charge 2.9% plus 30¢ per transaction in the U.S. and Canada with no extra costs for internationally-issued cards.
RevenueCat is an in-app purchases and subscription management tool with support for iOS, Android, and Stripe. With this tool, you can easily create and manage in-app purchases and subscriptions, and RevenueCat does all the heavy lifting and handles the billing infrastructure. It also tracks how your app is performing by measuring LTV, MRR, churn, and more out of the box.
Pricing: Free for up to $10k monthly tracked revenue (MTR). The Analyze plan starts at $119 per month and includes $20k MTR, while the Grow plan starts at $499 and includes $100k MTR.
Airship is a customer engagement platform that allows you to send push notifications and in-app messages to your users to engage them and improve their conversion. It also allows you to create an in-app message center that creates an in-app inbox where you can send persistent messages to your users.
Pricing: Contact Airship for a quote.
WonderPush is another push notification and in-app messaging tool that you can use in your React Native to boost the engagement of your users. It offers a lot of powerful features including segmentation and targeting, geo-targeting, and A/B testing for a very affordable price.
Pricing: €1 per 1000 subscribers per month for push notifications. In-app messaging starts at €3 per month and includes 10,000 monthly unique visitors.
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