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This guide refers to upcoming Expo Router features, all of which are experimental. You may need to use Expo CLI on main to use these features.

To support relative invocations that work both on the web and in native, across development and production, Expo Router polyfills the window.location API when needed. This can be used to access the current URL.

By default, the global fetch instance is polyfilled to support window.location, other networking APIs will need to be polyfilled manually, e.g. <Image source={{ uri: location.origin + "/img.png" }} />. We may polyfill these in the future to support more use cases.


No setup is required on web, and no polyfill is needed.


In development, the window.location API is polyfilled to point to the development server. In production, the window.location API is polyfilled to point to the URL that your static assets are hosted at, this must be configured manually.

In order to polyfill in production, the expo-router config plugin must be used, and the origin prop must be provided in the app.config.js (or app.json). origin must be set to the URL that your static assets are hosted at.

module.exports = {
plugins: [
origin: "",

Recommend using app.config.js to support dynamically swapping the URL before bundling.

You can host your public/ directory and other public resources by deploying the expo website to a server that supports HTTPS. For instance, running npx expo export && netlify deploy --dir dist --prod will collect your resources and deploy them to netlify, we plan to automate this in the future. See the hosting guide for more.

Public assets will not be bundled into your native app or available offline (with exception for network caching).


The following example demonstrates how to use window.location to fetch a JSON file in the root public/ directory.

"hello": "world"

In one of the routes, use the polyfilled fetch to fetch the JSON file.

import { Text } from "react-native";

export default function Page() {
useEffect(() => {
fetch("/hello.json", {})
.then((res) => res.json())
}, []);

return <Text>Hello World</Text>;

If you run this, you should see the following output in the console:

{ "hello": "world" }

Disable Polyfill

Setting the field origin: false in the app.config.js (or app.json) will disable the window.location and fetch polyfills.

"expo": {
"plugins": [
"origin": false