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Picovoice SDK for React


Made in Vancouver, Canada by Picovoice

Picovoice is an end-to-end platform for building voice products on your terms. It enables creating voice experiences similar to Alexa and Google. But it entirely runs 100% on-device. Picovoice is

  • Private: Everything is processed offline. Intrinsically HIPAA and GDPR-compliant.
  • Reliable: Runs without needing constant connectivity.
  • Zero Latency: Edge-first architecture eliminates unpredictable network delay.
  • Accurate: Resilient to noise and reverberation. It outperforms cloud-based alternatives by wide margins *.
  • Cross-Platform: Design once, deploy anywhere. Build using familiar languages and frameworks.


  • Chrome / Edge
  • Firefox
  • Safari


IndexedDB and WebWorkers are required to use Picovoice React. Browsers without support (i.e. Firefox Incognito Mode) should use the PicovoiceWeb binding main thread method.



Using yarn:

yarn add @picovoice/picovoice-react @picovoice/web-voice-processor

or using npm:

npm install --save @picovoice/picovoice-react @picovoice/web-voice-processor

Picovoice is also available for React Native as a separate package. See @picovoice/picovoice-react-native.

To use the Porcupine or Rhino engines individually with React, see @picovoice/porcupine-react and @picovoice/porcupine-rhino-react.


Picovoice requires a valid AccessKey at initialization. AccessKey acts as your credentials when using Picovoice SDKs. You can get your AccessKey for free. Make sure to keep your AccessKey secret. Signup or Login to Picovoice Console to get your AccessKey.


Picovoice requires a Porcupine keyword file (.ppn), a Rhino context file (.rhn) and model parameter files for both engines (.pv).

Each file offers two options on how to provide it to Picovoice:

Public Directory

NOTE: Due to modern browser limitations of using a file URL, this method does not work if used without hosting a server.

This method fetches the given file from the public directory and uses it to initialize Picovoice. Set the publicPath string to use this method.


NOTE: This method works without hosting a server, but increases the size of the model file roughly by 33%.

This method uses a base64 string of the given file and uses it to initialize Picovoice.

Use the built-in script pvbase64 to base64 your .ppn, .rhn or .pv file:

npx pvbase64 -i ${PICOVOICE_FILE} -o ${BASE64_FILENAME}.js

The output will be a js file containing a string which you can import into any file of your project. Set the base64 string with the imported js string use this method.

Picovoice Initialization Files

Picovoice saves and caches your model (.pv), keyword (.ppn) and context (.rhn) files in the IndexedDB to be used by Web Assembly. Use a different customWritePath variable choose the name the file will have in storage and set the forceWrite value to true to force an overwrite of the file. If the file changes, version should be incremented to force the cached file to be updated.

Either base64 or publicPath must be set for each file to instantiate Picovoice. If both are set for a particular file, Picovoice will use the base64 parameter.

// Custom keyword (.ppn)
const porcupineKeyword = {
  // or
  base64: ${KEYWORD_BASE64_STRING},
  label: ${KEYWORD_LABEL},

  // Optional
  customWritePath: 'custom_keyword',
  forceWrite: true,
  version: 1,
  sensitivity: 0.6

// Context (.rhn)
const rhinoContext = {
  // or
  base64: ${CONTEXT_BASE64_STRING},

  // Optionals
  customWritePath: 'custom_context',
  forceWrite: true,
  version: 1,
  sensitivity: 0.3,

// Model (.pv)
const porcupineOrRhinoModel = {
  publicPath: ${MODEL_RELATIVE_PATH},
  // or
  base64: ${MODEL_BASE64_STRING},

  // Optionals
  customWritePath: 'custom_model',
  forceWrite: true,
  version: 1,

Additional engine options are provided via the options parameter. Use endpointDurationSec and requireEndpoint to control the engine's endpointing behaviour. An endpoint is a chunk of silence at the end of an utterance that marks the end of spoken command.

// Optional. These are the default values
const options = {
  endpointDurationSec: 1.0,
  requireEndpoint: true

Initialize Picovoice Hook

Use usePicovoice and init to initialize the Picovoice Hook:

import { usePicovoice } from '@picovoice/porcupine-react';

const {
} = usePicovoice();

await init(

In case of any errors, use error state to check the error message, else use the isLoaded variable to check if Picovoice has loaded.

Processing Audio

The Picovoice React SDK takes care of audio processing internally using our WebVoiceProcessor to record audio. To start listening for your wake word and follow-on commands, call the start function:

await start();

If audio recording has begun, isListening will be set to true. Use wakeWordDetection and inference to get results from Picovoice:

useEffect(() => {
  if (wakeWordDetection !== null) {
    console.log(`Picovoice detected keyword: ${wakeWordDetection.label}`);
}, [wakeWordDetection])

useEffect(() => {
  if (inference !== null) {
    if (inference.isUnderstood) {
}, [inference])

Run stop to stop audio recording:

await stop();

isListening should be set to false after stop.


When using in a component, you can run release to clean up all resources used by Picovoice:

await release();

This will set isLoaded and isListening to false.

You do not need to call release when your component is unmounted - the hook will clean up automatically on unmount.

Custom Keyword and Contexts

Create custom keywords and contexts using the Picovoice Console. Train a Porcupine keyword to obtain a keyword file (.ppn) and a Rhino context to obtain a context file (.rhn). To use them with the Web SDK, train the keywords and contexts for the target platform Web (WASM). These model files can be used directly with publicPath, but if base64 is preferable, convert to base64 JavaScript variable using the built-in pvbase64 script:

npx pvbase64 -i ${INPUT_BINARY_FILE}.{ppn/rhn} -o ${OUTPUT_BASE64_FILE}.js -n ${BASE64_VAR_NAME}

Similar to the model file (.pv), these files are saved in IndexedDB to be used by Web Assembly. Either base64 or publicPath must be set for each file to initialize Picovoice. If both are set, Picovoice will use the base64 model.

const picovoiceFile = {
  publicPath: "${FILE_RELATIVE_PATH}",
  // or
  base64: "${FILE_BASE64_STRING}",

Switching Languages

In order to use Picovoice with different languages you need to use the corresponding model file (.pv) for the desired language. The model files for all supported languages are available in the Porcupine and Rhino GitHub repositories.


For example usage refer to the React demo application.

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