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Content Marker for React

react-content-marker is a tool to replace content in strings with HTML tags. It can match simple text, or use the full power of regex.

Key features:

  • Can replace text with anything (other text, any React node).
  • Supports any number of parsers (so you can mark several patterns in the same text easily).
  • Works on strings and arrays of strings (it ignores non-string items), meaning you can combine it with other parsing tools.
License 3-Clause BSD


npm i -P react-content-marker or yarn add react-content-marker

Basic usage

import createMarker from 'react-content-marker';
const parsers = [
        rule: 'world',
        tag: x => <mark title='Target'>{ x }</mark>,
        rule: /(hello)/i,
        tag: x => <mark title='Greeting'>{ x }</mark>,
const MyMarker = createMarker(parsers);
render(<MyMarker>Hello, world!</MyMarker>);
// Renders:
<mark title='Greeting'>Hello</mark>, <mark title='Target'>world</mark>!

Advanced usage

react-content-marker exposes only one function: createMarker. It takes a list of parsers and returns a React component. That component only accepts a string or an array of strings — if you pass it a React Component, nothing will happen.

Parsers are simple objects. They must define two attributes: rule and tag. rule is either a string or a regex expressing what is to be matched in the content. tag is a function that takes the matched content and returns a React Node (a string, null, a React Component, etc. ).

You can use as many parsers as you want. However, note that once a part of your input has been marked by a rule, it will be ignored for all following rules. That means that the order of your parsers is very important.

When using regex, you will need to have at least one pair of capturing parentheses, as that is what is used to extract the matched content. If your regex is complex and uses several capturing parentheses, by default this library will choose the last non-null match available. If you want to match a different group, you can define a matchIndex attribute in your parser. That integer will be used to choose the captured group to return. Here are examples:

// Without `matchIndex`.
const parsers = [
        rule: /(hello (world|folks))/i,
        tag: x => <mark>{ x }</mark>,
const MyMarker = createMarker(parsers);
render(<MyMarker>Hello, world!</MyMarker>);
// Renders:
Hello, <mark>world</mark>!
// With `matchIndex`.
const parsers = [
        rule: /(hello (world|folks))/i,
        tag: x => <mark>{ x }</mark>,
        matchIndex: 0,
const MyMarker = createMarker(parsers);
render(<MyMarker>Hello, world!</MyMarker>);
// Renders:
<mark>Hello, world</mark>!

The mark function

You can also directly access the mark function. That can be useful if you need to combine different stacks of parsers, and don't want, or cannot, just merge the lists of rules (which should almost always be a better and simpler solution). For example, if you want to create a Higher-Order Marker that combines with another Marker.

mark takes the content to mark and all properties of a rule as parameters, and outputs the marked content as an array of strings and React nodes. See its definition:

function mark(
    content: string | Array<string | React.Node>,
    rule: string | RegExp,
    tag: (string) => React.Node,
    matchIndex: ?number,
): Array<string | React.Node>

Note however that this function doesn't perform some of the niceties createMarker does. For example, it doesn't automatically add a key to the tagged elements, which might create warnings in your code.


This code relies on unit tests (with Jest) and type checking (with Flow).

Running tests

npm test

Running Flow checks

npm run flow


npm run build


npm i react-content-marker

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