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#React Mentions

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A React component that let's you mention people in a textarea like you are used to on Facebook or Twitter.

Getting started

Install the react-mentions package via NPM:

npm install react-mentions

Require the react-mentions package, which exports the two relevant React components for rendering the mentions textarea:

var mentions = require("react-mentions");

var MentionsInput = mentions.MentionsInput;
var Mention = mentions.Mention;

MentionsInput is the main component rendering the textarea control. It takes one or multiple Mention components as its children. Each Mention component represents a data source for a specific class of mentionable objects, such as users, template variables, issues, etc.


<MentionsInput value={this.state.value} onChange={this.handleChange}>
    <Mention trigger="@"
        renderSuggestion={this.renderUserSuggestion} />
    <Mention trigger="#"
        renderSuggestion={this.renderTagSuggestion} />

You can find more examples here: gh-pages/views/examples


The MentionsInput supports the following props for configuring the widget:

Prop name Type Default value Description
value string '' The value containing markup for mentions
onChange function (event, newValue, newPlainTextValue, mentions) empty function A callback that is invoked when the user changes the value in the mentions input
markup string '@[__display__](__id__)' A template string for the markup to use for mentions
singleLine boolean false Renders a single line text input instead of a textarea, if set to true
displayTransform function (id, display, type) returns display Accepts a function for customizing the string that is displayed for a mention (optional)

Each data source is configured using a Mention component, which has the following props:

Prop name Type Default value Description
trigger regexp or string '@' Defines the char sequence upon which to trigger querying the data source
type string null Identifier for the data source, when using multiple data sources (optional)
data array or function null An array of the mentionable data entries, or a filtering function that returns an array based on a query parameter
renderSuggestion function null Allows customizing how mention suggestions are rendered (optional)
onAdd function (id, display) empty function Callback invoked when a suggestion has been added (optional)


Only modify the JSX sources in the /src directory, the contents of the /lib directory will be overwritten during the build process. Spawn a development server with an example page and module hot loading all set up:

npm run start

To transpile the JSX sources, run the following command:

npm run transpile

To update the combined and minified browser build, use the "dist" script:

npm run dist

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