Expo Docs


There are two tools that you need to develop apps with Expo: a local development tool and a mobile client to open your app.

XDE stands for Expo Development Environment. It is a standalone desktop app that includes all dependencies you'll need to get started.
Download the latest version of XDE for macOS, Windows (64-bit), or Linux.
On Linux, open with chmod a+x xde*.AppImage and ./xde*.AppImage.

exp is an alternative to XDE for users who prefer to use the command line. You can choose whichever one you want. Some advanced Expo features may require you to use exp later.
You can install exp by running npm i -g exp.

Expo Client helps view your projects while you're developing them. When you serve your project from XDE or exp, it generates a development URL that you can open in Expo Client to preview your app. On Android, Expo Client can also be used to view others' projects on expo.io. Expo Client works on devices, simulators, and emulators.

Required Android and iOS versions: The minimum Android version Expo supports is Android 4.4 and the minimum iOS version is iOS 9.0.
You don't need to manually install the Expo client on your emulator/simulator, because XDE will do that automatically. See the next sections of this guide.

Install Xcode through the Apple App Store. It'll take a while, go have a nap. Next, open up Xcode, go to preferences and click the Components tab, install a simulator from the list.
Once the simulator is open and you have a project open in XDE, you can press Open on iOS simulator in XDE and it will install the Expo Client to the simulator and open up your app inside of it.
Not working? Occasionally XDE will have trouble installing the Expo Client automatically, usually due to annoying small differences in your environment or Xcode toolchain. If you need to install the Expo Client on your simulator manually, you can follow these steps:
  • Extract the contents of the archive. You should get a directory like Exponent-X.XX.X.
  • Make sure Simulator is running.
  • At a terminal, run xcrun simctl install booted [path to extracted directory].

Follow our Android Studio emulator guide to set up Android tools and create a virtual device. Start up the virtual device when it's ready.
Once the emulator is open and you have a project open in XDE, you can press Open project in Expo on Android in XDE and it will install the Expo client to the emulator and open up your app inside of it.

To get started with Expo you don't necessarily need to have Node.js installed, but as soon as you start actually building something you'll want to have it. Download the latest version of Node.js.

Some macOS users encounter issues if they do not have this installed on their machine, so we recommend that you install Watchman. Watchman watches files and records when they change, then triggers actions in response to this, and it's used internally by React Native. Download and install Watchman.