Instabug for React Native

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Instabug is an in-app feedback and bug reporting tool for mobile apps. With just a simple shake, your users or beta testers can report bugs or send in-app feedback and the SDK will capture an environment snapshot of your user's device including all console logs, and server-side network requests compiling all these details in one organised dashboard to help you debug and fix bugs faster.

Instabug also provides you with a reliable crash reporter that automatically captures a detailed report of the running environment, the different threads’ states, the steps to reproduce the crash, and the network request logs. All the data is captured automatically with no need for breadcrumbs, and you can always reply back to your users and they will receive your messages within the app.

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Updating to a new version? Check the Update Guide before bumping to a new major version.

Using react-native CLI

  1. In Terminal, navigate to your React Native directory and install the instabug-reactnative package:

    npm install instabug-reactnative

    Or if you prefer to use Yarn instead of npm:

    yarn add instabug-reactnative
  2. For projects that build for iOS, install xcodeproj gem:

    gem install xcodeproj
  3. For React Native >= 0.60, simply run the command:

    react-native add-instabug

    For React Native < 0.60, link the bridging files in the instabug-reactnative package:

    react-native link instabug-reactnative

Using CocoaPods (iOS only)

Alternatively, for iOS you can use CocoaPods for managing dependencies.

  1. In Terminal, navigate to your React Native directory and install the instabug-reactnative package:

    npm install instabug-reactnative
  2. Add the following to your Podfile:

    pod 'instabug-reactnative', :path => '../node_modules/instabug-reactnative'
    pod 'React', :path => '../node_modules/react-native', :subspecs => [
    # Required React native dependencies
    pod 'yoga', :path => '../node_modules/react-native/ReactCommon/yoga'
    pod 'DoubleConversion', :podspec => '../node_modules/react-native/third-party-podspecs/DoubleConversion.podspec'
    pod 'glog', :podspec => '../node_modules/react-native/third-party-podspecs/GLog.podspec'
    pod 'Folly', :podspec => '../node_modules/react-native/third-party-podspecs/Folly.podspec'
    # To make sure that archiving works correctly in Xcode, React has to be 
    # removed from the Pods project as it's already included in the main project.
    post_install do |installer|
       installer.pods_project.targets.each do |target|
          if == "React"
  3. Install instabug-reactnative:

    pod install

Using Instabug

  1. To start using Instabug, import it into your index.ios.js and file.

    import Instabug from 'instabug-reactnative';
  2. Then initialize it in the constructor or componentWillMount. This line will let the Instabug SDK work with the default behavior. The SDK will be invoked when the device is shaken. You can customize this behavior through the APIs (You can skip this step if you are building an Android app only).

    Instabug.startWithToken('IOS_APP_TOKEN', [Instabug.invocationEvent.shake]);
  3. Open android/app/src/main/java/[...]/ (You can skip this step if you are building an iOS app only)

    • Make sure to import the package class:
      import com.instabug.reactlibrary.RNInstabugReactnativePackage;
    • For React Native >= 0.60
      Add the integration code to the onCreate() method like the below snippet.

      public void onCreate() {
          new RNInstabugReactnativePackage
              .Builder("APP_TOKEN", MainApplication.this)
    • For React Native < 0.60
      You should find the getPackages() method looks like the below snippet. You just need to add your Android app token.

      protected List<ReactPackage> getPackages() {
          return Arrays.<ReactPackage>asList(
              new MainReactPackage(),
              new RNInstabugReactnativePackage.Builder("YOUR_APP_TOKEN", MainApplication.this)
    • You can change the invocation event from here, simply by replacing the "shake" with any of the following "button", "none", "screenshot", or "swipe". You can change the primary color by replacing the "#1D82DC" with any color of your choice. In the case that you are using the floating button as an invocation event, you can change the floating button edge and the floating button offset using the last two methods, by replacing "left" to "right", and by changing the offset number.

    You can find your app token by selecting the SDK tab from your Instabug dashboard.

  4. Make sure the following snippet is added to your project level build.gradle. This should be added automatically upon linking. If not, you can add it manually.

    allprojects {
        repositories {
            maven {
                url ""

    Update Guide

    Updating to versions 8.0-8.4.x

When updating to version 8.0 through 8.4.x, you'll need to perform the steps below.

  1. Unlink Instabug

    react-native unlink instabug-reactnative
  2. Install the new version of Instabug

    npm install instabug-reactnative
  3. Link Instabug

    react-native link instabug-reactnative

Updating to version 8.5

Only for apps using React Native >= 0.60. If you're using a lower version, you don't need to perform any extra steps when updating.

Version 8.5 adds support for React Native 0.60. To use Instabug 8.5 with React Native 0.60, you'll need to perform the following steps.

  1. Unlink Instabug

    react-native unlink instabug-reactnative
  2. Install the new version of Instabug

    npm install instabug-reactnative
  3. Add Instabug to your project

    react-native add-instabug

Microphone and Photo Library Usage Description (iOS Only)

Instabug needs access to the microphone and photo library to be able to let users add audio and video attachments. Starting from iOS 10, apps that don’t provide a usage description for those 2 permissions would be rejected when submitted to the App Store.

For your app not to be rejected, you’ll need to add the following 2 keys to your app’s info.plist file with text explaining to the user why those permissions are needed:

If your app doesn’t already access the microphone or photo library, we recommend using a usage description like:

The permission alert for accessing the microphone/photo library will NOT appear unless users attempt to attach a voice note/photo while using Instabug.

Uploading Source Map Files for Crash Reports

For your app crashes to show up with a fully symbolicated stack trace, we will automatically generate the source map files and upload them to your dashboard on release build. To do so, we rely on your app token being explicitly added to Instabug.start('YOUR_APP_TOKEN') in JavaScript.

If your app token is defined as a constant, you can set an environment variable INSTABUG_APP_TOKEN to be used instead. We also automatically read your versionName and versionCode to upload your sourcemap file. alternatively, can also set the environment variables INSTABUG_APP_VERSION_NAME and INSTABUG_APP_VERSION_CODE to be used instead.

To disable the automatic upload in android, you can set the following property your build.gradle:

ext {
    instabugUploadEnable = false;

Network Logging

Instabug network logging is enabled by default. It intercepts any requests performed with fetch or XMLHttpRequest and attaches them to the report that will be sent to the dashboard. To disable network logs:

import { NetworkLogger } from 'instabug-reactnative';

Features that are not supported yet


For more details about the supported APIs and how to use them, check our Documentation.