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It seems that <TouchableHighlight> must have exactly one child. The docs say that it supports only one child and more than one must be wrapped in a <View>, but not that it must have at least (and most) one child. I just wanted to have a plain coloured button with no text/image, so I didn't deem it necessary to add a child.

I'll try to update the docs to indicate this.


It might be because of the wrong import statement for the TouchableWithoutFeedback.

Incorrect: import { TouchableWithoutFeedback } from 'react-native'

Correct: import { TouchableWithoutFeedback } from 'react-native-gesture-handler'


use TouchableHighlight from 'react-native-gesture-handler' instead of 'react-native'

import { TouchableHighlight } from 'react-native-gesture-handler';

The description from the documentation says:

Gesture Handler library provides an implementation of RN's touchable components that are based on native buttons and does not rely on JS responder system utilized by RN. Our touchable implementation follows the same API and aims to be a drop-in replacement for touchables available in React Native.

You can install this library from:


  1. <TouchableHighlight> element can have only one child inside
  2. Make sure that you have imported Image


Usually it happen in TochableHighlight. Anyway error mean that you must used single element inside the whatever component.

Solution : You can use single view inside parent and anything can be used inside that View. See the attached picture

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I had this same error, even when I only had one child under the TouchableHighlight. The issue was that I had a few others commented out but incorrectly. Make sure you are commenting out appropriately:


just after TouchableWithoutFeedback or <TouchableHighlight> insert a <View> this way you won't get this error. why is that then @Pedram answer or other answers explains enough.


In my case, I just had to put the element one line down:

This throws an error:

export function DismissKeyboard(props: IProps) {
  return <TouchableWithoutFeedback
    onPress={() => Keyboard.dismiss()}> {props.children}

While this does not throw an error:

export function DismissKeyboard(props: IProps) {
  return <TouchableWithoutFeedback
    onPress={() => Keyboard.dismiss()}>


Yes, indeed you need to have one child inside your <TouchableHighlight>.

And, If you don't want to pollute your file with Views you can use React Fragments to achieve the same.


or even better there is a short syntax for React Fragments. So the above code can be written as below:



The <TouchableHighlight> element is the source of the error. The <TouchableHighlight> element must have a child element.

Try running the code like this:

render() {
    const {height, width} = Dimensions.get('window');
    return (
        <View style={styles.container}>
            <TouchableHighlight style={styles.button}>
                <Text> This text is the target to be highlighted </Text>

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