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Quick start guide to get you setup and developing AR/VR applications in 10 mins! (No Xcode or Android Studio required)
- OSX computer or Linux computer
- iOS Device with A9 chip or higher and running iOS 11 or higher.
- OSX/Linux computer
- An ARCore supported device
- OSX or Linux computer
- Recent Android or iOS Device (Android requirements: Android 5.0+ w/ gyroscope support and OpenGl ES 3.0, iOS requirements: iOS 9.0+)
- Cardboard headset (you can find some QR codes here)
Our recommended way of installing the dependencies on OSX is to use Homebrew, but you can use whatever you want as long as both
watchman are installed and in your PATH.
Install Homebrew by running the following command in your terminal:
/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"
Install Node by running the following command in your terminal:
brew install node
Install Watchman by running the following command in your terminal:
brew install watchman
Use your local package manager to install
Common Linux Flavors (you may need to
sudo before each command):
Ubuntu, Mint, Debian, etc
apt-get install node apt-get install watchman
Fedora, RHEL, CentOS, etc
yum install node yum install watchman
Install React Native CLI by running the following command in your terminal:
npm install -g react-native-cli
Now install the ViroReact CLI by running the following command in your terminal:
npm install -g react-viro-cli
In your terminal, navigate to where you want to create your ViroReact project, run:
react-viro init ViroSample --verbose
Terminal should say: "Installing react-viro package from npm...". The installation may take a couple mins, so proceed to the next step while it completes.
If you're using yarn, then run the two following commands to install the
Install the Viro Media app from the app store on your device. The app is free.
Viro Media App
Viro Media App
If you're using Android AR...
The first time you start AR, you'll be prompted to download the ARCore APK.
Google's ARCore, and consequently, Viro, only works on the following devices.
From the root of your project, run the command:
npm start to start the packager server.
- Open the Viro Media App on your iOS or Android device.
- Tap on the menu icon in the top left and tap on "Enter Testbed".
- Find your ngrok url (https://xxxxxx.ngrok.io) which is printed at the top of the terminal window where you ran
npm start. Enter that into the empty text field on the Testbed screen (xxxxxx.ngrok.io) and press "Go".
Known Issue for possible Red Screen Error
If you get a red screen when trying hello world that references "babel-preset-react-native", this is a known issue with React Native -> https://github.com/facebook/react-native/issues/18962
Open your package.json file located under [Your Project Name]. Open it with your text editor.
npm startprocess. Then run
npm installfrom your project directory. Once installation has completed, run 'npm start' again and restart/reload your testbed app.
If you do not see the ngrok address in your terminal, open a new tab, navigate to your workspace and then run
Or, from your browser, navigate to:
If ngrok isn't already running, you can start it by running the follow command in your terminal (anywhere should work):
ngrok http 8081
Android users will see a 360 degree photo of a beach with the text "Hello World!" in front of you. iOS users will see a menu screen "Choose Your Desired Experience" with 2 options: AR or VR. Tap VR to get to the 360 beach Hello World scene.
If you tap on AR, you will be taken to HelloWorldSceneAR.js and see text that says "Initializing..." and then changes to "Hello World".
If you are having issues loading either scene, try shaking the device until a development menu appears and hit "Reload", double-check that the ngrok URL entered was correct or try using your computer's local IP address (your phone will need to be on the same network).
If you're still having issues, we encourage you to contact us through the Issues or Support links at the top of the documentation.
Congratulations, you now have ViroReact set up and running!
- Want to learn more about ViroReact? Check out our tutorials:
AR Tutorial Blog Posts
- How to build an interactive AR app in 5 mins w/ React Native & Viro AR
- How to build AR Portals in 5 mins w/ React Native & Viro AR
- Add Snapchat-like AR Lenses to any app w/ Viro AR in React Native
- How to use Particles to enhance your AR app using ARKit & React Native
VR Tutorial Blog Posts
Updated almost 2 years ago