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Getting Started

Installing the library

Install react-native-vision-camera through npm:

npm i react-native-vision-camera
npx pod-install

VisionCamera requires iOS 11 or higher, and Android-SDK version 21 or higher. See Troubleshooting if you're having installation issues.

(Optional) If you want to use Frame Processors, you need to install react-native-reanimated 2.2.0 or higher.

Updating manifests

To use a Camera or Microphone you must first specify that your app requires camera and microphone permissions.

iOS

Open your project's Info.plist and add the following lines inside the outermost <dict> tag:

<key>NSCameraUsageDescription</key>
<string>$(PRODUCT_NAME) needs access to your Camera.</string>

<!-- optionally, if you want to record audio: -->
<key>NSMicrophoneUsageDescription</key>
<string>$(PRODUCT_NAME) needs access to your Microphone.</string>

Android

Open your project's AndroidManifest.xml and add the following lines inside the <manifest> tag:

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.CAMERA" />

<!-- optionally, if you want to record audio: -->
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.RECORD_AUDIO" />

Getting/Requesting Permissions

VisionCamera also provides functions to easily get and request Microphone and Camera permissions.

Getting Permissions

Simply use the get functions to find out if a user has granted or denied permission before:

const cameraPermission = await Camera.getCameraPermissionStatus()
const microphonePermission = await Camera.getMicrophonePermissionStatus()

A permission status can have the following values:

  • authorized: Your app is authorized to use said permission. Continue with using the <Camera> view.
  • not-determined: Your app has not yet requested permission from the user. Continue by calling the request functions.
  • denied: Your app has already requested permissions from the user, but was explicitly denied. You cannot use the request functions again, but you can use the Linking API to redirect the user to the Settings App where he can manually grant the permission.
  • restricted: (iOS only) Your app cannot use the Camera or Microphone because that functionality has been restricted, possibly due to active restrictions such as parental controls being in place.

Requesting Permissions

Use the request functions to prompt the user to give your app permission to use the Camera or Microphone.

note

The request functions only have effect if the current permission status is not-determined.

const newCameraPermission = await Camera.requestCameraPermission()
const newMicrophonePermission = await Camera.requestMicrophonePermission()

The permission request status can have the following values:

  • authorized: Your app is authorized to use said permission. Continue with using the <Camera> view.
  • denied: The user explicitly denied the permission request alert. You cannot use the request functions again, but you can use the Linking API to redirect the user to the Settings App where he can manually grant the permission.
  • restricted: (iOS only) Your app cannot use the Camera or Microphone because that functionality has been restricted, possibly due to active restrictions such as parental controls being in place.

Use the <Camera> view

If your app has permission to use the Camera and Microphone, simply use the useCameraDevices(...) hook to get a Camera device (see Camera Devices) and mount the <Camera> view:

function App() {
const devices = useCameraDevices()
const device = devices.back

if (device == null) return <LoadingView />
return (
<Camera
style={StyleSheet.absoluteFill}
device={device}
isActive={true}
/>
)
}

🎉 Hooray! You're ready to learn about Camera Devices!