Making a square photo like Instagram with React Native ✨

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I’m going to share with you something I learned today! I needed to show some pictures in a project I’m working on, in a square form. Like Instagram.

Researching, I found that with just one attribute I could achieve what I wanted! (bless you stackoverflow!) and discovered that there is a simple way to solve it.

The magic is on aspectRatio: 1

First of all, React Native has support for creating styles on components with a fixed proportion. Using this is useful, for example, if you want to have a component that always has the same shape (as I needed!).

Second: the ratio is defined by the width : height

Finally here we go: setting the aspect ratio to 1 cause the view to be square: aspectRatio: 1

Here is an example of code.

import React from "react";
import { StyleSheet, View, Image } from "react-native";

const SquareComponent= () => {
  return (
      <View style={styles.squareRatio}>
            uri: "",

const styles = StyleSheet.create({
 squareRatio: {
    width: '95%,
    aspectRatio: 1

export default SquareComponent
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✨ This is because the ratio is defined by the width : height. 1 : 1 means the width and height are the same.

✨ For example, if you want a view which is 16:9 (the standard TV widescreen ratio) you can set this property: aspectRation: 16 / 9
The same for other aspect ratios.✨

✨ You could do the same with components and views, not only with images 🙂

Here is my result! ✨ and so simple! ☘

screen with square picture

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