Next.js is a web framework for React, while React Native is a framework for building native mobile applications. Expo is a set of tools built around React Native that simplifies the development process. These technologies are intended for different platforms and use cases, so using them together directly is not straightforward.
Next.js is meant for server-side rendering and building web applications, whereas React Native is for mobile app development. However, if you want to reuse some of your React components or logic between the web and mobile app, you can structure your project to share common components and code between the two platforms.
Here are some strategies you can consider:
Separate Codebases: Keep your Next.js web application and React Native mobile app as separate codebases. Share common logic or components by creating a separate package (e.g., a Node.js module) that contains the shared code. You can use tools like npm or Yarn to install this shared package as a dependency in both projects.
Expo for Web: You can use Expo's web support to run your React Native components on the web using Next.js. However, note that Expo for web is still experimental and may not support all React Native components and features.
React Native Web: Consider using
react-native-weblibrary in your React Native app. This allows you to use React Native components on the web without Expo. You can then build the web application separately with Next.js.
Universal Components: Create universal components that work across web and mobile platforms. These components should be designed to be platform-agnostic, and you can use feature flags or conditional rendering to handle platform-specific logic.
Here's a basic example of how to structure your project with shared components:
In this structure,
TextInput.js are common components shared between the web and mobile apps. The Next.js web app, React Native app, and Expo app are separate projects that can import and use these shared components as needed.
Remember that while you can share some components and logic between the web and mobile apps, certain features and APIs are platform-specific and might not be directly usable on both platforms. Be mindful of the differences in platform capabilities when designing your application.