StyleSheet.absoluteFill (and other React Native StyleSheet helpers)

One of my dev goals for the years is leveling up my skills around creating delightful, silky smooth animations (in the web and with React Native mobile apps). I was working through one of Jason Brown's animation tutorials, and saw a reference to StyleSheet.absoluteFill, which I hadn't seen before.

Looking into the docs and reading a helpful article on Medium, it turns out React Native's StyleSheet object gives us a few helpful methods to solve common styling needs:


This causes the element to cover the entire screen, and sets the position property to "absolute". A great example of when this is often useful is a modal overlay background.

<View style={StyleSheet.absoluteFill} />


This helper allows you to use the absoluteFill shorthand, but also change a couple properties if needed:

const styles = StyleSheet.create({
  wrapper: {
    top: 40,
    backgroundColor: 'blue',


Give your element a beautifully crisp hairline border that gracefully handles different platforms and screen pixel densities:

const styles = StyleSheet.create({
  separator: {
    borderBottomColor: '#ccc',
    borderBottomWidth: StyleSheet.hairlineWidth,



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