Ariel Rodriguez Romero

Installing React Native on Ubuntu 16

These are the steps I followed to configure React Native on Ubuntu 16, a full guide is here

Install NodeJS (used 4.x LTS at the moment)

curl -sL | sudo -E bash -
sudo apt-get install -y nodejs

Install Java JDK

sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jdk

This throws a warning when you open Android Studio suggesting to install oracle JDK, but should be enough as I’m not planning to use it.


Install Android Studio

Follow instructions at

Ensure the right SDK is installed

Go to Tools > Android > SDK Manager and check there.

Also Launch the standalone SDK Manager from there, and check if the corresponding version of the build tools is also installed.

If these aren’t present, react will trow errors asking for them. Like the one below.

* What went wrong:
A problem occurred configuring project ':app'.
> failed to find Build Tools revision 23.0.1

Add Android SDK, and Android Studio to your path

sudo vi ~/.profile

Add the following at the end of that file, and then restart your computer.

# add android SDK paths
export ANDROID_HOME="$HOME/Android/Sdk"

in my case I installed android studio and sdk in my home directory.

ref: PATH variables:

Install Watchman

Install some required packages first.

sudo apt-get install automake
sudo apt-get install autoconf


git clone
cd watchman
git checkout v4.6.0  # the latest stable release
sudo make install


(Optional) Install Gradle Daemon

If you plan to make changes to Java code

(I didn’t used it)

Install React native via npm

sudo npm install -g react-native-cli

Install Virtual Box (required by Genymotion)

download from

Install Genymotion

download from

And add a new device.

(Optional) Test installation

react-native init AwesomeProject
cd AwesomeProject
react-native run-android

Solving errors later on

* What went wrong:
Execution failed for task ':app:installDebug'.
> Timeout getting device list.

Set the correct SDK url in genymotion Settings > ADB

To run the project

On the project root execute react-native start, to start the packager and leave it running.

And also react-native run-android to run the app.

Installing an IDE: Nuclide

Install Atom:

If after initializing atom gives an error:

 TypeError: Unable to watch path

then increase the number of files watched by inotify, and restart Atom. I used

echo 65536 | sudo tee -a /proc/sys/fs/inotify/max_user_watches

Install nuclide (it’s an Atom package)

apm install nuclide

After opening Atom, also install the recomended packages. Go to Packages > Settings View > Manage Packages

Install Flow

Instructions here:

touch .flowconfig
sudo npm install -g flow-bin

Flow will be installed at /usr/lib/node_modules/flow-bin

Running the project from Nuclide

Start the packager Nuclide > React Native > Start Package, and then from the console run:

react-native run-android

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