For a chat-like app, I want to keep a ScrollView component scrolled to the bottom, because newest messages appear under the older ones. Can we adjust the scroll position of a ScrollView?

Solution 1

For React Native 0.41 and later, you can do this with the built-in scrollToEnd method:

    ref={ref => {this.scrollView = ref}}
    onContentSizeChange={() => this.scrollView.scrollToEnd({animated: true})}>

Solution 2

For anyone writing function component that can use hook,

import React, { useRef } from 'react';
import { ScrollView } from 'react-native';

const ScreenComponent = (props) => {
  const scrollViewRef = useRef();
  return (
      onContentSizeChange={() => scrollViewRef.current.scrollToEnd({ animated: true })}

Solution 3

Use onContentSizeChange to keep track of the bottom Y of the scroll view (height)

var _scrollToBottomY

    onContentSizeChange={(contentWidth, contentHeight)=>{
    _scrollToBottomY = contentHeight;

then use the ref name of the scroll view like


Solution 4

Here is the simplest solution I could muster:

ref={ref => (this.listView = ref)}
onLayout={event => {
    this.listViewHeight = event.nativeEvent.layout.height;
onContentSizeChange={() => {
        y: this.listView.getMetrics().contentLength - this.listViewHeight

Solution 5

In case anyone in 2020 or later is wondering how to achieve this with functional components. This is how I did:

ref={ref => scrollView = ref }
onContentSizeChange={() => scrollView.scrollToEnd({ animated: true })}>

Solution 6

You can invert the scroll/list view using the react-native-invertible-scroll-view module, then simply call ref.scrollTo(0) to scroll to bottom.

Install the module:

npm install --save react-native-invertible-scroll-view

Then import the component:

import InvertibleScrollView from 'react-native-invertible-scroll-view';

Then use the following JSX instead of a ScrollView:

<InvertibleScrollView inverted
    ref={ref => { this.scrollView = ref; }}
    onContentSizeChange={() => {
        this.scrollView.scrollTo({y: 0, animated: true});
    { /* content */ }

This works because react-native-invertible-scroll-view flips the entire view's content. Note that the view's children will also render in the opposite order to a normal view - the first child will appear at the bottom.

Solution 7

try this solution

xcode 10.0

RN: 56.0.0

<ScrollView ref="scrollView"
             onContentSizeChange={(width,height) => this.refs.scrollView.scrollTo({y:height})}>  </ScrollView> // OR height -  width

Solution 8

Actually @Aniruddha answer doesn't worked for me because I'm using "react-native": "0.59.8" and this.scrollView.root.scrollToEnd also is undefined

but I figured it out and this works this.scrollView.scrollResponderScrollToEnd({animated: true});

If you are using 0.59.8 this will work OR if you are using later version and this works for you. please add versions in this answer so others wont get trouble.

Full Code here

    ref={ref => this.scrollView = ref}
    onContentSizeChange={(contentWidth, contentHeight)=>{        
        this.scrollView.scrollResponderScrollToEnd({animated: true});

Solution 9

This method is a little bit hacky but I couldn't find a better way

  1. First add a ref to your ScrollView.
  2. Second add a dummy View before closing your ScrollView tag
  3. Get the y position of that dummy View
  4. Whenever you want to scroll to bottom scroll to the position of the dummy View

var footerY; //Y position of the dummy view
render() {    
    return (
            // This is where all the things that you want to display in the scroll view goes
            // Below is the dummy View
            <View onLayout={(e)=> {
              footerY = e.nativeEvent.layout.y;
          //Below is the button to scroll to the bottom    
            onPress={() => { this.refs._scrollView.scrollTo(footerY); }}>
            <Text>Scroll to Bottom</Text>

Solution 10

This answers your question:

You need to keep constantly scrolling to the bottom of the page by calculating the height of the content minus the height of its scrollView.

Solution 11

I guess it is too late to answer but I got one hack! If you use FlatList you can enable inverted property which falls back to setting transform scale to -1 (which is acceptable for other list components like ScrollView ...) . When you render your FlatList with data it always will be on the bottom!

Solution 12

If you use TypeScript You need to do this

interface Props extends TextInputProps { 
     scrollRef?: any;

export class Input extends React.Component<Props, any> {
constructor(props) {
    this.scrollRef = React.createRef();
    ref={ref => (this.scrollRef = ref)}
    onContentSizeChange={() => {

Solution 13

I fought with this for a while and finally came up with something that worked really well and smooth for me. Like many, I tried .scrollToEnd to no avail. The solution that worked for me was a combination of onContentSizeChange, onLayout props and a little bit more thinking visually about "what scrolling to the bottom" really meant. The last part seems trivial to me now, but it took me forever to figure out.

Given that the ScrollView has a fixed height, when the content height goes over the container's height, I calculated the offset by subtracting the prevHeight (fixed height of the ScrollView) for the currHeight (the content height). If you can visually imagine it, scrolling to that difference in y-axis, slides the content height over its container by that offset. I incremented my offset and made my now current content height my previous height and kept calculating a new offset.

Here is the code. Hope it helps someone.

class ChatRoomCorrespondence extends PureComponent {
  currHeight = 0;
  prevHeight = 0;
  scrollHeight = 0;

  scrollToBottom = () => {
      x: 0,
      y: this.scrollHeight,
      animated: true

  render() {
    return (
        onContentSizeChange={(w, h) => {
          this.currHeight = h;

          if (
            this.prevHeight > 0 &&
            this.currHeight - this.scrollHeight > this.prevHeight
          ) {
            this.scrollHeight += this.currHeight - this.prevHeight;
            console.log("Curr: ", this.currHeight);
            console.log("Prev: ", this.prevHeight);
            console.log("Scroll: ", this.scrollHeight);
            this.prevHeight = this.currHeight;
            console.log("PREV: ", this.prevHeight);

        onLayout={ev => {
          // Fires once
          const fixedContentHeight = ev.nativeEvent.layout.height;
          this.prevHeight = fixedContentHeight;
          renderItem={({ item }) => (
          keyExtractor={(item, index) => index.toString()}

Solution 14

Try setting the contentOffset property of the scroll view to the current height of the content.

To accomplish what you need you could do this as part of the onScroll event. However this may make for a bad user experience so it may prove more user-friendly to only do this when a new message is appended.

Solution 15

I had a similar problem, but after reading this page (which give me a headache!) I find this very nice npm package which just invert the ListView and make everything easy for a chat application!!

Solution 16

A bit late... but look at this question. Scroll to top of ScrollView

ScrollView has a "scrollTo" method.