RCT_EXPORT_METHOD not exporting anything to NativeModules

  c++, ios, javascript, objective-c, react-native

I am trying to run some C++ code with react-native so I created an Objective-C++ bridge that calls my c++ code. My app compiles just great, and it runs with no errors, but I still cannot get the NativeModules to appear within JS/React

#import "RTCHelloWorld.h"
#include "hello_world.hpp"
#include <iostream>
@implementation RTCHelloWorld
RCT_EXPORT_METHOD(say_hello) {
std::cout << example::say_hello() << std::endl;
RCTLogInfo(@"we are saying hello");
#ifndef RNCPP_CODE
#define RNCPP_CODE

#import <React/RCTBridgeModule.h>
#import <React/RCTBridge.h>
#import <React/RCTUIManager.h>
#import <React/RCTEventDispatcher.h>
#import <React/RCTLog.h>
#import <React/RCTUtils.h>
#import <React/UIView+React.h>
#import <React/RCTConvert.h>

#import <Foundation/Foundation.h>

#ifdef __cplusplus
 #import "hello_world.hpp"

@interface RTCHelloWorld : NSObject <RCTBridgeModule>



#ifndef EXAMPLE_H
#define EXAMPLE_H

#include <string>

namespace example {
    extern long multiply(long a, long b);
    extern std::string say_hello();

#endif /* EXAMPLE_H */

#include "hello_world.hpp"
#include <string>

namespace example {
    long multiply(long a, long b) {
      return a * b;

    std::string say_hello(){
      std::string greeting = "Hello World From c++ code";
      return greeting;

And here is my very simple JS/React code

import React from 'react';
import { View, Text, NativeModules } from 'react-native';

const iOSApp = () => {
  console.log("native modules are", NativeModules)
  return (
              <Text> Hello From ios</Text>    
export default iOSApp;

It all compiles well, but for whatever reason nothing is inside of the NativeModules object. It is completely empty. When I console.log the NativeModules object I get the following output, which is empty. Am I not exporting it correctly? Am I not importing it correctly? Xcode compiles with no error so I am stuck.

2020-12-03 12:08:51.711085-0800 RNCpp[8419:225308] [javascript] 'native modules are', {}

I am new to Swift/Objective-C/C++ so I am just copying and pasting from a half dozen examples on the internet and from the React Native docs. So excuse me if I am missing something obvious.

Source: Windows Questions C++