Meteor + React Native Starter Template


The code repo for our workshop


Meteor React Native Starter

This is the final code repo for our workshop "Meteor and React Native" @ Meteor Impact 2022. After post-editing it resulted in a complete starter repo. 🤩

App Testsuite Backend Testsuite JSDOC Test built with Meteor JavaScript Style Guide Project Status: Active – The project has reached a stable, usable state and is being actively developed. GitHub

Please note, that I can't cover all operating systems out there.


Meteor and React Native are not integrated with each other by default. However, there are great packages out there, that help us to make them integrate. The best is, it's actually not that difficult!

This starter brings the most basic integration for a Meteor project as a backend for your react native app. Just follow the instructions in this readme to get startet immediately.



You need to have Meteor installed on your system. Follow the Meteor installation instructions on the Meteor website.

Create a new project from this template repo

This repo is a template repo so you can create your own project from it or directly clone it.

If you want to clone it directly, you can do it via

$ git clone

Install and run the Meteor backend

$ cd backend
$ meteor npm install
$ meteor npm run start

The backend will install and start. If everything went fine, you should see the following message:

=> App running at: http://localhost:8000/

Install and run the mobile app

Open a new terminal in order to install and run the app. Starting from the project root, do the following:

$ cd app
$ meteor npm install
$ meteor npm run start

The console may prompt you to install expo-cli. If so, agree and continue. If it does not ask you to install expo and the app fails to build, please manually install expo-cli via:

$ meteor npm install -g expo-cli

Connect your mobile app to the backend

Connecting your app to the backend a bit more difficult, since you need to get your local network ip in order to make the RN app connect. The Meteor-typical localhost will not work here.

First, get your local ip via

Linuxip addr show

Then replace the pattern with the local ip from your network in app/config.json.

Finally, run your app via

$ cd app && meteor npm run start

After running, check the app/.expo/settings.json file and make sure it looks like the following:

  "hostType": "lan",
  "lanType": "ip",
  "dev": true,
  "minify": false,
  "urlRandomness": "mc-y7b",
  "https": false,
  "scheme": null,
  "devClient": false

Now you should be good to go to continue your development!

Install Expo Go on your development device

With the "Expo Go" app you are able to build your dev builds without further configuration or emulators. You can also build cross-platform and test both Android and iOs without the need for Android SDK or XCode, Expo covers all that for you.

If you still prefer an emulator, please install them on your own behalf.

Run the tests

This project comes with a builtin test-stack for backend and app!

The backend uses

  • meteortesting:mocha as test runner
  • chai as assertion lib
  • sinon for stubs
  • hwillson:stub-collections for stubbing MongoDB collections
  • lmieulet:meteor-coverage for coverage
  • standardx with some teaks as linter (basically eslint)

The app uses

  • jest as test runner and assertion lib
  • standardx with some teaks as linter (basically eslint)

API Docs

This repo uses jsDoc to generate API docs for backend and app. You can find the current API docs in the docs folder.

To generate docs you can use the respective npm scripts in backend and app.

Get involved

You liked this workshop or used this repo as a starter? Please leave a star and help by contributing to @meteorrn/core.

If you find issues within the code, please leave an issue. Pull requests are welcomed, too!

If you have questions or problems with the installation, please leave an issue.


MIT, see LICENSE file