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react-circular-reveal allows you do quickly and easily add Material Design's "Circular Reveal" animation in your web app.



yarn add react-circular-reveal


npm install react-circular-reveal --save


The circular reveal panel manages two components: one that is displayed by default, and one that is "revealed" on top of it when the circular reveal animation takes place.

                {/* When the reveal animation happens, I am displayed beautifully through a
                circular reveal animation and, as long as I am not transparent, will cover
                the div below */}
        {/* I am displayed by default, and covered by the `revealContent` element when the
        reveal animation takes place */}

Key points:

  • Set reveal prop to true to have the reveal content be displayed on top of the default content.

  • The reveal animation will by default open and close towards the current mouse location, which is automatically tracked fo you. In the example above, you don't need to do anything to make it look like the content opened from the tip of the mouse cursor. Awesome!

  • Everything can be customized so you can be creative and build impressive user interfaces that are only normally seen in native applications.


        <div className={'revealed'} onClick={() => setOpened(false)}>
            <h2>I am revealed with a circular animation.</h2>
            <span>(Click anywhere to close)</span>
    <div className={'content'} onClick={() => setOpened(true)}>
        <h1>I am the main content</h1>
        <span>(Click anywhere to trigger a circular reveal)</span>

Results in:

reveal animation


The CircularRevealPanel component accepts several props that can be used to setup and customize it's behavior.

Props you will definitely need

Prop Type Required Default Description
revealContent React Node yes N/A Receives the content to be revealed through the circular reveal animation.
reveal boolean no false A value indicating whether to display the reveal content or not.

Props you probably won't need

Prop Type Required Default Description
revealCurtainContent React Node no undefined Only needed for advanced customizations, this prop may be used to insert elements within the reveal curtain.
speed string or function no normal The valid string values are very slow, slow, normal (default), fast. Most likely these will suffice. For advanced customizations, see below.
contentMinWidth number no 500 The minimum width for the content to be revealed, in pixels. This prevents the content from appear to rearrange as the curtain expands.


The CircularRevealPanel component accepts an onChange event handler which is invoked when the opening and closing operations start and finish. It gives you access to the raw HTML elements used to

The event object argument contains three properties of interest:

  • Thetype property which kind of event this is. It can be of the following: CURTAIN_OPENING, CURTAIN_OPENED, CURTAIN_CLOSING, 'CURTAIN_CLOSED.
  • The curtainElemRef and revealContentRef the properties are references to the raw HTML div elements used as a reveal curtain and reveal content, respectively. Only needed for advanced customizations.

Assume this following setup:

    const handleOnChange = useCallback((e: CurtainEvent) => {
        console.log('EVENT TYPE: ' + e.type);
    }, []);

In this case, opening and closing the reveal content would result in four console log print outs:


Advanced Customizations

Customizing the opening/closing speed

The speed with which to open or close the circular reveal animation. Can be a string or a function.

The valid string values are very slow, slow, normal (default), fast. Most likely these will suffice.

If you find however that you need to further customize it, you may pass in a function which will be invoked on every step of the reveal animation and must return the next size for the reveal curtain (the circular region that displays the reveal content).

This function is given two parameters - the current size of the reveal curtain, and whether the curtain is opening or closing.

For reference, this is the function that implements the normal speed:

const resizeCurtainFunction = (size, opening) => {
    return opening ? size + Math.max(size/3, 5) : size - Math.max(size/3, 5);

Overriding styles

The styles of all three elements composing the CircularRevealPanel component can be overridden to further customize it.

To do so, add or override styles to the following classes:

  • circular-reveal__overlay - the class of the outermost container that holds both de default content as well as the reveal content.
  • circular-reveal__revealCurtain - the class of the element that serves as our circular reveal curtain.
  • circular-reveal__revealContent - the class of the element that holds the reveal content.

Common use cases for overriding or extending such these styles include specifying a z-index and setting a height so that they will cover the entire screen.

Demo app

This project includes a demo app where this component can be seen in action.

To run the demo app locally, clone this repository, then open the terminal and navigate to the location where you closed it. Finally, run npm start from within the demo=app folder, then open the address http://localhost:3000/ on your browser.

demo app


Contributions are very welcome!

We follow the "fork-and-pull" Git workflow.

  1. Create a Fork and clone it
  2. Modify the Code
  3. Push your Changes
  4. Create a Pull Request



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