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React Floater

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Advanced tooltips for React!

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  • 🏖 Easy to use: Just set the content
  • 🛠 Flexible: Personalize the options to fit your needs
  • 🟦 Typescript: Nicely typed


npm install react-floater

Import it in your app:

import Floater from 'react-floater';

<Floater content="This is the Floater content">
  <span>click me</span>

And voíla!


You can use a custom component to render the Floater with the component prop.
Check WithStyledComponents.ts in the demo for an example.


autoOpen boolean ▶︎ false
Open the Floater automatically.

callback (action: 'open' | 'close', props: Props) => void
It will be called when the Floater changes state.

children ReactNode
An element to trigger the Floater.

component ComponentType | ReactElement
A React element or function to use as a custom UI for the Floater.
The prop closeFn will be available in your component.

content ReactNode
The Floater content. It can be anything that can be rendered.
This is required unless you pass a component.

debug boolean ▶︎ false
Log some basic actions.
You can also set a global variable ReactFloaterDebug = true;

disableFlip boolean ▶︎ false
Disable changes in the Floater position on scroll/resize.

disableHoverToClick boolean ▶︎ false
Don't convert the hover event to click on mobile.

event 'hover' | 'click' ▶︎ click
The event that will trigger the Floater.

This won't work in a controlled mode.

eventDelay number ▶︎ 0.4
The amount of time (in seconds) the floater should wait after a mouseLeave event before hiding.

Only valid for event type hover.

footer ReactNode
It can be anything that can be rendered.

getPopper (popper: PopperInstance, origin: 'floater' | 'wrapper') => void
Get the popper.js instance.

hideArrow boolean ▶︎ false
Don't show the arrow. Useful for centered or modal layout.

offset number ▶︎ 15
The distance between the Floater and its target in pixels.

open boolean
The switch between normal and controlled modes.

Setting this prop will disable normal behavior.

modifiers PopperModifiers
Customize popper.js modifiers.

Type Definition
interface PopperModifiers {
  applyStyles?: Partial<ApplyStylesModifier>;
  arrow?: Partial<ArrowModifier>;
  computeStyles?: Partial<ComputeStylesModifier>;
  eventListeners?: Partial<EventListenersModifier>;
  flip?: Partial<FlipModifier>;
  hide?: Partial<HideModifier>;
  offset?: Partial<OffsetModifier>;
  popperOffsets?: Partial<PopperOffsetsModifier>;
  preventOverflow?: Partial<PreventOverflowModifier>;

Don't use it unless you know what you're doing

placement Placement ▶︎ bottom
The placement of the Floater. It will update the position if there's no space available.

Type Definition
type Placement = 
| "auto" | "auto-start" | "auto-end"
| "top" | "top-start" | "top-end"
| "bottom" | "bottom-start" | "bottom-end"
| "right"| "right-start" | "right-end"
| "left" | "left-start" | "left-end"
| "center"

portalElement string|HTMLElement
A css selector or element to render the tooltips

showCloseButton boolean ▶︎ false
It will show a ⨉ button to close the Floater.
This will be true when you change the wrapperOptions position.

styles Styles
Customize the UI.

Type Definition
interface Styles {
  arrow: CSSProperties & {
    length: number;
    spread: number;
  close: CSSProperties;
  container: CSSProperties;
  content: CSSProperties;
  floater: CSSProperties;
  floaterCentered: CSSProperties;
  floaterClosing: CSSProperties;
  floaterOpening: CSSProperties;
  floaterWithAnimation: CSSProperties;
  floaterWithComponent: CSSProperties;
  footer: CSSProperties;
  options: {
    zIndex: number;
  title: CSSProperties;
  wrapper: CSSProperties;
  wrapperPosition: CSSProperties;

target string | HTMLElement
The target element to calculate the Floater position. It will use the children as the target if it's not set.

title ReactNode
It can be anything that can be rendered.

wrapperOptions WrapperOptions
Position the wrapper relative to the target.
You need to set a target for this to work.

Type Definition
interface WrapperOptions {
  offset: number; // The distance between the wrapper and the target. It can be a negative value.
  placement: string; // the same options as above, except center
  position: bool; // Set to true to position the wrapper


You can customize everything with the styles prop.
Only set the properties you want to change, and the default styles will be merged.

Check the styles.ts for the syntax.


The wrapper will trigger the events and use itself as the Floater's target.

<Floater content="This is the Floater content">
  <span>click me</span>

The wrapper will trigger the events, but the Floater will use the target prop to position itself.

<div className="App">
  <img src="some-path" />

  <Floater content="This is the Floater content" target=".App img">
    <span>click me</span>

It is the same as the proxy mode, but the wrapper will be positioned relative to the target.

<div className="App">

    content="This is the Floater content"
      offset: -22,
      placement: 'top',
      position: true,
    <span style={{ color: '#f04', fontSize: 34 }}></span>

Setting a boolean to the open prop will enter the controlled mode and not respond to events.
In this mode, you don't even need to have children

<div className="App">
  <img src="some-path" />
  <Floater content="This is the Floater content" open={true} target=".App img" />

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