CameraRoll provides access to the local camera roll or photo library.

On iOS, the CameraRoll API requires the RCTCameraRoll library to be linked. You can refer to Linking Libraries (iOS) to learn more.


The user's permission is required in order to access the Camera Roll on devices running iOS 10 or later. Add the NSPhotoLibraryUsageDescription key in your Info.plist with a string that describes how your app will use this data. This key will appear as Privacy - Photo Library Usage Description in Xcode.

If you are targeting devices running iOS 11 or later, you will also need to add the NSPhotoLibraryAddUsageDescription key in your Info.plist. Use this key to define a string that describes how your app will use this data. By adding this key to your Info.plist, you will be able to request write-only access permission from the user. If you try to save to the camera roll without this permission, your app will exit.





CameraRoll.saveToCameraRoll(tag, [type]);

Saves the photo or video to the camera roll or photo library.

On Android, the tag must be a local image or video URI, such as "file:///sdcard/img.png".

On iOS, the tag can be any image URI (including local, remote asset-library and base64 data URIs) or a local video file URI (remote or data URIs are not supported for saving video at this time).

If the tag has a file extension of .mov or .mp4, it will be inferred as a video. Otherwise it will be treated as a photo. To override the automatic choice, you can pass an optional type parameter that must be one of 'photo' or 'video'.

Returns a Promise which will resolve with the new URI.


Name Type Required Description
tag string Yes See above.
type enum('photo', 'video') No Overrides automatic detection based on the file extension.



Returns a Promise with photo identifier objects from the local camera roll of the device matching shape defined by getPhotosReturnChecker.


Name Type Required Description
params object Yes Expects a params with the shape described below.
  • first : {number} : The number of photos wanted in reverse order of the photo application (i.e. most recent first for SavedPhotos).
  • after : {string} : A cursor that matches page_info { end_cursor } returned from a previous call to getPhotos.
  • groupTypes : {string} : Specifies which group types to filter the results to. Valid values are:
    • Album
    • All
    • Event
    • Faces
    • Library
    • PhotoStream
    • SavedPhotos // default
  • groupName : {string} : Specifies filter on group names, like 'Recent Photos' or custom album titles.
  • assetType : {string} : Specifies filter on asset type. Valid values are:
    • All
    • Videos
    • Photos // default
  • mimeTypes : {Array} : Filter by mimetype (e.g. image/jpeg).

Returns a Promise which when resolved will be of the following shape:

  • edges : {Array} An array of node objects
    • node: {object} An object with the following shape:
      • type: {string}
      • group_name: {string}
      • image: {object} : An object with the following shape:
        • uri: {string}
        • height: {number}
        • width: {number}
        • isStored: {boolean}
        • playableDuration: {number}
      • timestamp: {number}
      • location: {object} : An object with the following shape:
        • latitude: {number}
        • longitude: {number}
        • altitude: {number}
        • heading: {number}
        • speed: {number}
  • page_info : {object} : An object with the following shape:
    • has_next_page: {boolean}
    • start_cursor: {string}
    • end_cursor: {string}


Loading images:

_handleButtonPress = () => {
       first: 20,
       assetType: 'Photos',
     .then(r => {
       this.setState({ photos: r.edges });
     .catch((err) => {
        //Error Loading Images
render() {
 return (
     <Button title="Load Images" onPress={this._handleButtonPress} />
       {this.state.photos.map((p, i) => {
       return (
             width: 300,
             height: 100,
           source={{ uri: p.node.image.uri }}

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