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A container query toolkit for flexible responsive design in React and CSS. Make modular components that look great no matter what size their container, and say goodbye to media queries.

Features for JS (React) rendering, SCSS (mixins), and support for CSS-in-js approaches (coming soon).


To install via npm:

npm install @deloitte-digital-au/dd-breakpoint-container


Quick note: this library features named breakpoints, e.g. where 's' (small) equals 640px, 'm' (medium) 768px and so on; keep that in mind for some of the subsequent queries.

1. Wrap your App in <BrowserContainer/>

import { BrowserContainer } from '@deloitte-digital-au/dd-breakpoint-container';

Don't skip this step! Here's why this is important:

  • Provides backwards-compatibility for media-query like functionality in your CSS (via the legacy bp() mixin/function)
  • Contains the AppBreakpoint React Context Provider, which makes your app's overall size/breakpoint available to your components
  • Allows <Breakpoint/> modules to be used anywhere within your app, not just within a <BreakpointContainer/>
  • If you're using customBreakpoints, you can set it once on <BrowserContainer/> instead on each and every <BreakpointContainer/>

(Also, it doesn't matter if your app isn't fullscreen, the net result is the same).

2. Use <BreakpointContainer/> in your components

import { BreakpointContainer } from '@deloitte-digital-au/dd-breakpoint-container';
	<div>My Component</div>

Once you've done this, you have a number of approaches you can use based on preference:

SCSS pattern

If you are using SCSS, first your <BreakpointContainer/> will need a className:

<BreakpointContainer className="my-component-name">

Then you'll need to import the library's stylesheet in your own SCSS stylesheet:

@import '~@deloitte-digital-au/dd-breakpoint-container/lib/mixins.scss';

Now you can use the container query mixin in your .scss files. Note that the className you specified on your component must be the parent selector.

.my-component {
	// Core styles

	// Between 0px width and 'xs' mixin (inclusive)
	@include bp(0, xs) {

	// 's' breakpoint and above
	@include bpc(s) {

	// 'm' breakpoint only
	@include bpc(m, m) {

	// Between 'm' and 'l' breakpoints (inclusive)
	@include bpc(m, l) {

You can also use the existing bp() mixin to specify styles relative to the overall width of your app (emulating the behaviour of media queries). If the above isn't intuitive for you, check out the complete documentation in DDBreakpoints, where the behaviour is the same.

CSS-in-js pattern

Official support coming soon; in the meantime it is possible to bootstrap this utilising the resolveBp export.

Child function pattern

If you'd like to work with responsive logic in your component JS, you can expose the current breakpoint name and container size in pixels:

	{ (bpName, bpSize) => {
		return `The current breakpoint is ${bpName}, at size ${bpSize} pixels.`.

Callback pattern

Operate on a callback that triggers when the breakpoint changes. Note: this is only when the active breakpoint changes (not for every change in pixel size!).

	onChange={bpName => {

Conditional rendering

You can use the <Breakpoint/> export to conditionally render markup according to a breakpoint query, like so:

    <Breakpoint query="s">
        <p>This will only render on 's' breakpoint and above</p>
    <Breakpoint query="xs, m">
        <p>This will only render between 'xs' and 'm'</p>
    <Breakpoint query="m, m">
        <p>This will only render on 'm' bp</p>

You can also specify exact px:

<Breakpoint query="300, 600"/>

The component automatically detects which <BreakpointContainer/> it's in. Or, if it's not within one, it falls back to the app's <BrowserContainer/>.

Options & exports


import { BreakpointContainer } from '@deloitte-digital-au/dd-breakpoint-container';

Name Type Default value Description
className String null Class name(s) applied to container div, i.e. direct parent to component children
containerClass String null Class name(s) applied to wrapper div, i.e. grandparent to component children
customBreakpoints Object null Provide your own custom breakpoints by passing in an object of key:value pairs, where the key (string) is the breakpoint name, and the value (number) is the corresponding minimum width in pixels.
identifier String 'default' A unique id for the component. For <Breakpoint/> components to reference.
children Function / Node (required) Optionally receive 'bpName' (String) and 'bpSize' (Number) props. Refer to 'Child function pattern' above.
onChange Function null Callback when active breakpoint changes
debug Boolean null Toggles debug mode: border + breakpoint indicator
noBpClasses Boolean false Opt-out of breakpoint classes, if you're not using the SCSS mixins. (Only if you want to keep the DOM a little cleaner)

BrowserContainer component

See above options table; this is essentially a proxy component for <BreakpointContainer/>, with pre-configured options identifier="browser" and className="bpc__browser".

The only real difference is the behaviour of customBreakpoints, which, if set on your app's <BrowserContainer/>, will propagate down to all of the <BreakpointContainer/> modules within.

AppBreakpoint context

This React Context export provides the value of ({ bpName: string, bpSize: number }) of the app's <BrowserContainer/> wrapper, so you can access your app's breakpoint in your components.

Note this Context value export is an object, which you can destructure like so:

import { AppBreakpoint } from '@deloitte-digital-au/dd-breakpoint-container';
	{({ bpName, bpSize }) =>
		<p>`Current bp name is: '${bpName}'`</p>
		<p>`Current bp size: '${bpSize}'`</p>

Breakpoint component

import { Breakpoint } from '@deloitte-digital-au/dd-breakpoint-container';

Name Type Default value Description
query String / Number 0 Breakpoint query string "$lower, $upper", where lower/upper are either named breakpoints or pixel values. Refer to 'Usage' section for examples.
q String / Number - Shorthand for query prop
identifier String 'default' Define which <BreakpointContainer/> to work with, e.g. if you want to target the browser container.
children Node (required)


Both <BreakpointContainer/> and its derivative <BrowserContainer/> are also available as Higher Order Components:

export withBreakpointContainer(MyComponent, { ...options });
export withBrowserContainer(MyComponent, { ...options });

Which expose the bpName: string (the name of the active breakpoint) and bpSize: number (the size of the container in pixels) props to the wrapped component.


resolveBp(query: string, bp: string|number) : boolean: The core function that much of the library is based on; it resolves a breakpoint query against a specified breakpoint or value.

The query must be in format ${lower}, ${upper} (comma/space separated), where lower/upper are either named breakpoints or px values.

The query is generally quite forgiving: the upper value is optional and any pixel values can either be numbers (e.g. 700) or px values (e.g. 700px); they are the same, and are normalised within the function.

getBpUpperLimit(bpName: string) : number: A function that takes a named breakpoint and returns its upper-limit.

For example, getBpUpperLimit('s') returns 768 (the 'm' breakpoint), as that value is the first width at which the 's' breakpoint is no longer active (aka, the upper-limit).


BREAKPOINTS: A object of key:value pairs for breakpoint names and their pixel values. The default values are:

  none: 0,
  xxxs: 320,
  xxs: 359,
  xs: 480,
  s: 640,
  m: 768,
  l: 1024,
  xl: 1244,
  xxl: 1410,
  xxxl: 1690,

Debug features

By default, <BrowserContainer> will show you a helpful breakpoint indicator in the top-left of your screen in your development builds, to show you the active breakpoint of your app. This can be turned off with the the prop debug={false}.

Conversely, you can set debug={true} on any <BreakpointContainer/> module to see the outline of its contents, as will as its own respective active breakpoint. This is very useful

All debug indicators are turned off if you have NODE_ENV=production set in your build, so you needn't worry about them slipping into your builds and deployments.

You can also set either of these debug flags globally using custom environment variables BPC_DEBUG_BROWSER=true and BPC_DEBUG_CONTAINERS=true.



This library uses react-resize-detector which utilises native browser support for ResizeObservers, and a polyfill for backwards compatibility with older browsers.

While we haven't experienced any noticeable performance loss in our testing and usage, we would recommend discreet usage of this library by careful and thoughtful design. For example, if your app features a common layout or divider system, you could apply <BreakpointContainer/> modules to those containers instead of each of your components.

Consider media queries

Container queries are very powerful and enable new ways for responsive component development. However, if your needs are simpler and you don't need container queries, consider just using media queries. We highly recommend DDBreakpoints; our long-standing and preferred approach towards responsive design, which utilises media queries.

DDBreakpoints Backwards compatibility

DDBreakpointContainer can be* a fully backwards-compatible replacement for the original DDBreakpoints core SCSS mixin; any existing stylesheets with the bp() mixin will work the same. And in your design we would still encourage you use a mix of 'media queries' bp() and 'container queries' bpc() as makes sense in the context of your app.

* Note that this functionality depends on the proper set-up of the <BrowserContainer/> component as per the instructions above in the 'Getting started' section.

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