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Finding Video Duration React Native

saadbashar profile image Saad ・2 min read

React Native Video

In my recent project I was stuck when the client asked me to set the timelimit of a video. I thought it would be easy, I would just call a built-in function and boom! It would work! But unfortunately I could not find such a function to call.

First of all, to take a video I was using a package called react-native-image-picker, that package has the built in option to set the duration limit of a video while recording a video which is great. But unfortunately it does not have any such option to set the timelimit while a user is selecting and uploading a video from the device gallery. That's where I was stuck.

Then I found out another great package for react-native which gives the meta-data of any media file. The package is called react-native-media-meta. I just have to give the filepath to the package and it would return me meta-data of that particular media file. So everything becomes simple for me now. I tried to do the following:

  1. Get the file path of the media from react-native-image-picker option.
  2. Sending the path to the meta-data package.
  3. Getting back the meta-data which also includes video duration.
  4. Finally using condition to do whatever I want to do.

But then again I was stuck! react-native-image-picker gives back the file path only for the android but not for the ios. So it was only working for android. Eventually I found out the I have to modify the uri substring to get the actual path for ios. Luckily react-native-image-picker supports uri for both ios and android. Then finally I was able to find out the video length using react-native-image picker.

The working sample of code is given below:

// react-native-image-picker options
const options = {
  title: '', // specify null or empty string to remove the title
  cancelButtonTitle: 'Cancel',
  takePhotoButtonTitle: 'Record Video', // specify null or empty string to remove this button
  chooseFromLibraryButtonTitle: 'Upload Video', // specify null or empty string to remove this button
  cameraType: 'back', // 'front' or 'back'
  thumbnail: true,
  durationLimit: 300, // 5 mins - Works only when you are recording
  allowsEditing: true,
  mediaType: 'video', // 'photo' or 'video'
  videoQuality: 'high', // 'low', 'medium', or 'high'
  storageOptions: { // if this key is provided, the image will get saved in the documents/pictures directory (rather than a temporary directory)
    skipBackup: true, // image will NOT be backed up to icloud
    path: 'images' // will save image at /Documents/images rather than the root

// after you take the video...
ImagePicker.showImagePicker(options, (video) => {
      const path = video.path; // for android
      const path = video.uri.substring(7) // for ios
      const maxTime = 300000; // 5 min
        .then((metadata) => {
          if (metadata.duration > maxTime ) {
              'Video duration must be less then 5 minutes',
                { text: 'OK', onPress: () => console.log('OK Pressed') }
              { cancelable: false }
          } else {
            // Upload or do something else
        }).catch(err => console.error(err));

If there is any better option to do this, please let me know :)

Discussion (2)

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Bader Serhan

hello, thank you for the beautiful tutorial.
I want to ask you though, I am implementing this in such a way that I trim a video if it is larger than the maxSize, but how do I get the new data of trimmed video to display?

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Saad Author

Hey man, thanks a lot reading :) I am not really sure about how to do that. But did you check this package might help. let me know!