Fully Controlled React Native Mentions Component


Pretty simple and fully controlled mentions input. It can:

  • Gracefully render formatted mentions directly in RN TextInput component
  • Use value/onChange as in usual TextInput props
  • Completely typed (written on TypeScript)
  • No need native libraries


Try it on Expo Snack: https://snack.expo.io/@dabakovich/mentionsapp

Getting started

Install the library using either Yarn:

yarn add react-native-controlled-mentions

or npm:

npm install --save react-native-controlled-mentions


import * as React from 'react';
import { FC, useState } from 'react';
import { Pressable, SafeAreaView, Text, View } from 'react-native';
import { Mentions, MentionSuggestionsProps, Suggestion } from 'react-native-controlled-mentions';

const suggestions = [
  {id: '1', name: 'David Tabaka'},
  {id: '2', name: 'Mary'},
  {id: '3', name: 'Tony'},
  {id: '4', name: 'Mike'},
  {id: '5', name: 'Grey'},

const MentionSuggestions: FC<MentionSuggestionsProps> = ({keyword, onSuggestionPress}) => {
  if (keyword == null) {
    return null;

  return (
        .filter(one => one.name.toLocaleLowerCase().includes(keyword.toLocaleLowerCase()))
        .map(one => (
            onPress={() => onSuggestionPress(one)}

            style={{padding: 12}}

const App = () => {
  const [value, setValue] = useState('Hello @[Mary](2)! How are you?');

  return (


        placeholder="Type here..."
        style={{padding: 12}}

export default App;


The Mentions component supports next props:

Property name Type Required Default value Description
value string true
onChange function (value) true
renderSuggestions function ({keyword, onSuggestionPress}) ReactNode false
trigger string false ‘@’ Character that will trigger mentions
isInsertSpaceAfterMention boolean false false Should we add a space after selected mentions if the mention is at the end of row
inputRef TextInput false
containerStyle StyleProp<ViewStyle> false
…textInputProps TextInputProps false Other text input props

Parsing Mention’s value

You can import RegEx that is using in the component and then extract all your mentions from Mention’s value using your own logic.

import { mentionRegEx } from 'react-native-controlled-mentions';

Or you can use replaceMentionValues helper to replace all mentions from Mention’s input using your replacer function that receives MentionData type and returns string.

import { replaceMentionValues } from 'react-native-controlled-mentions';

const value = 'Hello @[David Tabaka](5)! How are you?';

console.log(replaceMentionValues(value, ({id}) => `@${id}`)); // Hello @5! How are you?
console.log(replaceMentionValues(value, ({name}) => `@${name}`)); // Hello @David Tabaka! How are you?

To Do

  • Add more customizations
  • Add ability to handle few mention types (“#”, “@” etc)

Known issues

  • Mention name regex accepts white spaces (eg {name: ' ', value: 1})
  • Keyboard auto-correction not working if suggested word has the same length FIXED
  • Text becomes transparent when setting custom font size in TextInput FIXED

Download Details:

Author: dabakovich

Source Code: https://github.com/dabakovich/react-native-controlled-mentions

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Fully Controlled React Native Mentions Component
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