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Use our step-by-step guide to get started with Expo in minutes, or check out our docs.

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Download NodeJS

Get started with Node to use everything in the JS ecosystem, including Expo and React Native. We recommend using the latest Node version.


Get the command line tool

You will run this tool locally to package, serve, and publish your projects.

npm install expo-cli --global


Create your first project

You will be asked to create an Expo account before proceeding.

expo init myNewProject
cd myNewProject
expo start


Preview your project

Open Expo Client on your device. Scan the QR code printed by expo start with Expo Client (Android) or Camera (iOS). You may have to wait a minute while your project bundles and loads for the first time.


Start coding!

Select your favorite editor, like Atom, VSCode, Sublime Text, Vim, or Emacs, open yourProject/App.js, and start building! We recommend following the tutorial.


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Custom Fonts

Both iOS and Android come with their own set of platform fonts but if you want to inject some more brand personality into your app, a well picked font can go a long way.

Building Standalone Apps

Not everybody wants to tell their customers or friends to download Expo to use their app; You want to be able to have the app on its own from the App Store and Play Store. We call these “shell apps” or “standalone apps”.

Routing & Navigation

You probably don’t want to start all of your projects completely from scratch, and the navigation guide is one of many to come from Expo that will hopefully give you a headstart on building your app.

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