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React Native: vertical centering when using ScrollView (4)

I'm using React Native and I'm having trouble retaining vertical centering of elements as soon as I introduce a ScrollView. To demonstrate, I created 3 apps with React Native Playground. All examples have 2 pages, and they can be toggled by tapping the blue button.

Example 1:

This first example shows blocks centered vertically on page 2. This happens because the container has these styles applied to it:

flex: 1,
flexDirection: 'column',
justifyContent: 'center',

However, there's a problem as soon as you switch to page 2, because the entire content of the page doesn't fit, so we need a ScrollView.

Example 2

In this example, I wrap everything inside of a ScrollView. This allows page 2 to scroll, but now I lost the vertical centering of Page 1.

Example 3

In order to try and get back the vertical centering of Page 1, I apply flex: 1 to the contentContainerStyle of ScrollView. This fixes the vertical centering on page 1, but I'm no longer able to scroll all the way down to the bottom on page 2.

How can I fix this so that I get vertical centering of elements on page 1 yet still get ScrollView to scroll all the way to the bottom on page 2?

EDIT: You can now use <ScrollView contentContainerStyle={{flexGrow: 1}}>.

For older version of React Native that do not support flexGrow, use the solution below.

The only way I have found to reliably do this for both iOS and Android is to set minHeight of the inner view to the size of the ScrollView. E.g:

    style={{flex: 1}}
    contentContainerStyle={{minHeight: this.state.minHeight}}
    onLayout={event => this.setState({minHeight: event.nativeEvent.layout.height})}

Note: I have in-lined the styles and functions above for simplicity but you will probably want to use constant references for the unchanging values and memorise the changing style to prevent unnecessary rerenders.

const {minHeight} = this.state;
// Manually memorise changing style or use something like reselect...
if (this.lastMinHeight != minHeight) {
    this.lastMinHeight = minHeight;
    this.contentContainerStyle = {minHeight: minHeight}

Here is my approach:

Use an outer container with flex : 1, then the scroll view needs to have {flexGrow : 1, justifyContent : 'center'} using contentContainerStyle, not style.

<View style={styles.mainContainer}>
    contentContainerStyle={{flexGrow : 1, justifyContent : 'center'}}>
      <View style={styles.scrollViewContainer}>
        //Put your stuff here, and it will be centered vertical


const styles = StyleSheet.create({scrollView : {
height : Dimensions.get('window').height, }, mainContainer : {
flex : 1 }, scrollViewContainer : { }, })

There's a new solution (unfortunately iOS only at the moment) - we can use centerContent prop on Scrollview.

Why don't you wrap only second page within a ScrollView?

return (
    <ScrollView >
        <View style={styles.lipsum}>
            <Text style={styles.lipsumText}>{lipsumText}</Text>

Just modify your first example, it works like a charm :)