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Streamlining Your React Native Deployment

React Native Fastlane Integration

Nov 06, 2023

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Fastlane stands out as a pivotal tool in the arsenal of mobile developers, providing a streamlined path for automating the build, test, and deployment processes of mobile applications. 

For React Native developers, incorporating Fastlane into the workflow is a game changer. It not only enhances efficiency but also ensures consistency across builds, ultimately leading to a more reliable release cycle. 

This comprehensive guide is tailored to walk you through every step of integrating Fastlane in your React Native application, covering the necessary configurations, code snippets, and best practices to get you up and running.

Understanding Fastlane and Its Significance in React Native:

What is Fastlane?

Fastlane is an open-source platform aimed at simplifying Android and iOS deployment. It automates numerous tasks including generating screenshots, dealing with provisioning profiles, and releasing your application.

The Synergy of Fastlane and React Native

Integrating Fastlane with React Native bridges the gap between development and deployment, offering a seamless transition from code to release. This ensures that developers can focus on building features, confident in the knowledge that their deployment process is taken care of.

Benefits of using fastlane over other deployment tools
  • Open-source platform: Fastlane is an open-source platform, which means that it is free to use and can be customized to fit your specific needs. This makes it a cost-effective solution for mobile developers.
  • Cross-platform support: Fastlane supports both Android and iOS, making it a versatile tool for mobile developers who need to deploy their apps to multiple platforms.
  • Streamlined deployment process: Fastlane automates many of the tasks involved in the deployment process, including generating screenshots, dealing with provisioning profiles, and releasing your application.

Customizable deployment process: Fastlane allows developers to define their own deployment process using lanes and actions. This gives developers more control over the deployment process and allows them to customize it to their specific needs.


Ensure you have the following installed:

					npm install -g react-native-cli

  • Xcode (for iOS) or Android Studio (for Android)
  • Ruby: Download here
  • Fastlane: Install via RubyGems 
					sudo gem install fastlane -NV

Step 1: Setting Up Your React Native Project

					npx react-native init MyFastlaneApp
cd MyFastlaneApp


Step 2: Installing and Initializing Fastlane

					sudo gem install fastlane -NV
cd android # or cd ios for iOS
fastlane init


Follow the on-screen instructions to set up Fastlane for your platform.

Step 3: Configuring Fastlane for Automated Deployments

For iOS:

In your fastlane/Fastfile, define your deployment steps for iOS, including version number and description changes. You can use the increment_build_number and update_app_identifier actions to change the version number and the modify_info_plist action to update the app description. Example:

					platform :ios do
  desc "Deploy the iOS app to the App Store"
  lane :release do
    # Increment the build number
      build_number: get_build_number + 1

    # Change the app description in Info.plist
      app_identifier: "your.bundle.identifier",
      display_name: "Your App Name",
      app_version: "1.2.3", # New version number
      description: "New app description here"

    # Use gym to build your app
      scheme: "YourAppScheme",
      export_method: "app-store"

    # Use deliver to submit the app to the App Store

      app_identifier: "your.bundle.identifier",
      username: ""


Preparing Your App for Deployment

Ensure your app is properly set up in Xcode and on App Store Connect, with the correct bundle identifier and provisioning profiles.

For Android:

In your fastlane/Fastfile, define your Android deployment steps, including version number and description changes. You can use the gradle action to change the version number and the supply action to update the app description. Example:

					platform :android do
  desc "Deploy the Android app to Google Play Store"
  lane :release do
    # Update the version code and name in build.gradle
      task: "changeVersion",
      properties: {
        versionCode: 42,          # New version code
        versionName: "1.2.3"    # New version name
    # Use supply to upload the app to Google Play
      package_name: "",
      track: "production",

      listing: "en-US",          # Language code for the app description
      update_summary: "New summary",
      update_description: "New app description here"


Preparing Your App for Deployment

Ensure your app is properly set up in Android Studio and on the Google Play Console, with the correct package name and signing configurations.

Step 4: Running Fastlane for Automated Deployments

For iOS:

					fastlane ios release

For Android:

					fastlane android release
Best practices in React Native
  • Fastlane lanes: Fastlane lanes are a powerful way to define your deployment process. By defining lanes for each step of your deployment process, you can easily automate your entire workflow.
  • Fastlane actions: Fastlane provides a wide range of actions that can help you automate your deployment process. These actions can be used to perform tasks such as building your app, generating screenshots, and submitting your app to the app store.
  • Environment variables: Environment variables can be used to store sensitive information such as API keys and passwords. By using environment variables, you can keep your sensitive information secure and separate from your code.
  • Git tags: Git tags can be used to mark specific versions of your code. By using Git tags, you can easily track which version of your code was used to build a specific version of your app.
  • Fastlane plugins: Fastlane plugins can be used to extend the functionality of Fastlane. There are a wide range of plugins available that can help you automate tasks such as generating release notes and uploading screenshots.
  • Test your deployment process: Before deploying your app, it’s important to test your deployment process to ensure that everything is working as expected. You can use Fastlane to automate your testing process and ensure that your app is ready for release.
Common mistakes in React Native
  • Code signing issues: Code signing is an important part of the deployment process, but it can be complex and error-prone. Make sure you have the correct certificates and provisioning profiles set up for your app.
  • Versioning issues: Keeping track of version numbers and ensuring that they are consistent across builds can be challenging. Make sure you have a clear versioning strategy in place and that you are using Fastlane to automate the versioning process.
  • Dependency issues: React Native applications often have many dependencies, and managing them can be difficult. Make sure you are using a package manager like npm or Yarn to manage your dependencies, and that you are keeping them up to date.
  • Platform-specific issues: Android and iOS have different deployment processes, and it’s important to make sure that your Fastlane configuration is set up correctly for each platform.
  • Fastlane configuration issues: Fastlane is a powerful tool, but it can be complex to set up and configure. Make sure you are following best practices and that your Fastlane configuration is set up correctly.

Fastlane is an indispensable tool for React Native developers looking to automate their deployment process, and with this guide, you have everything you need to get started. By integrating Fastlane into your React Native project, you’re setting the stage for quicker, more reliable releases, ensuring that your focus stays on developing features, not on the intricacies of deployment.