Building a Netflix card for a React Native app

As a developer or someone who wants to learn to create a dynamic UI, it is always suggestive to consider the UI of the Netflix Card. it is designed with React Native. Let’s learn how you can build a Netflix card with React Native. 

Here, we will build a scrollable interface with three different sections of Netflix content namely Trending videos, series videos, and Live videos. If you want to create a Netflix card for your React Native app, you should work with a reputable react native app development company that specialises in producing quality mobile apps.

You have to start the project with two prerequisite parameters: Environment setup and building a template folder. 

How to setup the Environment for React Native

This is a one-time process and is not needed if you have all the required software and SDKs installed in your system. If you haven’t, then follow along. 

For the present project, I will be choosing React Native CLI, Android platform, and Windows. If you want to develop your React Native project on another platform. Then your way to set up the Environment may differ from what I will be explaining to you. 

So, here, I have downloaded and installed Node, JDK, Android Studio, React Native CLI, and VS Code editor.

Without this software, you neither can create your code nor can debug it. For further assistance, check the linked article

Make a template to store your code

You cannot skip this process. You have to make a template in which you can store the program and then later run the app. Let’s see how you can build the template.

It is a simple step. You just need to run a command from the command prompt. First, consider a folder in your local system and open the same. Then, open the cmd from the selected folder. 

Run npx react-native init Netflix_Card –version 0.68.1 on the terminal or the cmd. Hit the enter key and it will be done. 

Now, let’s start coding and get things done.

Framing the codebase for the Netflix Card

Create a ‘Components’ folder and add four .js files (DemoProduct.js, LiveVideo.js, NetflixCard.js, and Tv_Video.js) in the ‘Components’ folder. 

Let’s begin with the DemoProduct.js file.

Codebase for the DemoProduct.js file

Here, we need to store the data source for the content displayed on the main screen. 

It will be in the form of demo_data and Video_data. 

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 The 3 images shown above are for the demo_data variable. It is presented in the form of an array of objects. Each object has five properties namely id, name, image, description, and duration. 

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Images 4 and 5 show the Video_data variable. It is the same as that of the demo_data variable. These two variables will be called in the following files. The data stored in these two variables will act as a source of Netflix content. It has specific ids added to it. 

The codebase for the LiveVideo.js file

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You can notice that the codebase for the LiveVideo.js file starts with the import statement. It imports the Video_data and demo_data from the ./DemoProducts path. 

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The FlatList component is used in this file to add a scrollable component for the segment of ‘Live Videos’. It calls the data source from the Video_data section. key={index} is used to update changes in the listview items. 

A styling parameter is added to the text elements and View elements. 

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To add a touchable image, the code uses the TouchableOpacity component. The Image source has been indicated in the image properties of the Video_data variable. 

Lastly, you have to export the main component, i.e., the LiveVideo. 

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It indicates the styling used for the text_Trending object. 

Code syntax for the Tv_Video.js file

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The first segment of the Tv_Video.js file is the same as that of the LiveVideo.js file. The only change that you have to make is to change the name of the main component to ‘Tv_Video’. 

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Note that this file will create the segment of the ‘Series Video’ as mentioned under the <Text> tag. It will call the same data source as that of the LiveVideo.js file. 

The container for this segment is created with another <View> tag with some styling parameters added to it. 

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The same TouchableOpacity component is used to build a touchable image. This means that users can click on the thumb icon of the Netflix series displayed in the list view of ‘Series Videos’. 

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This is the stylesheet object for the Tv_Video.js file. It has two styling objects mentioned namely text_Trending and box. 

You can add other objects if you want. This will customize the app’s UI. 

Code-base for the NetflixCard.js file

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The code imports the core components from the react and react-native libraries. Along these, it also imports LiveVideo, Tv_Video, demo_data, and Video_data.

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 NetflixCard is the main component of this file. It renders a ScrollView, two Text, two View, one TouchableOpacity, and FlatList elements. 

This file is used to create the header NetflixCard at the top of the screen and the list view of ‘Trending Videos’. However, the data source for this file is the Demo_data variable. 

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As shown in LiveVideo.js and Tv_Video.js files, the TouchableOpacity component is used for NetflixCard.js files to make the image touchable. 

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To present all the sections in one screen, they are wrapped with the <View> tags. 

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The styling elements that are mentioned above in this file are defined here in the stylesheet segment. 

Creating the App.js file

The code snippet for the App.js file is mentioned below in image 19. 

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This is the main file for every React Native project. The important component of the App.js file is the NetflixCard. The code renders the <NetflixCard/>.

This way, you have to code for five different files. 

Steps to execute the program

Here, we will learn how to run the program and get the app interface on a virtual device. Make a terminal from your project folder and run npm install. Then, you need to run npx react-native run-android on the same project terminal. 

Consider image 20 for the output. 

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Hope you have liked the process. Check out more blogs and until next time, Goodbye!

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