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This library acts as a lightweight React wrapper for sound-visualizer.

You can check it out by visiting the codesandbox.

Getting Started


npm install react-sound-visualizer


You'll mainly want to use the Visualizer component (you can see more documentation for it below):

import { useEffect, useState } from 'react';
import { Visualizer } from 'react-sound-visualizer';

function App() {
  const [audio, setAudio] = useState<MediaStream | null>(null);

  useEffect(() => {
        audio: true,
        video: false,
  }, []);

  return (
      <Visualizer audio={audio}>
        {({ canvasRef, stop, start, reset }) => (
            <canvas ref={canvasRef} width={500} height={100} />

              <button onClick={start}>Start</button>
              <button onClick={stop}>Stop</button>
              <button onClick={reset}>Reset</button>

export default App;

If you need even more control over the visualization, the useVisualizer hook (used by Visualizer behind the scenes) is also exported.




Prop Type Default Explanation
audio MediaStream | null The audio to visualize. Can be null since usually that's how your state will be initialized, but note that the functions will not be defined while it is null.
children React.FC See Types section below.
mode "current" | "continuous" "continuous" The visualizer version to use. You can check out the sound-visualizer docs to learn more about what each version means.
lineWidth number | "thin" | "thick" | "default" "default" The width of each line drawn onto the canvas for the visualization. If a thickness string is provided, it will be translated into a percentage of the canvas's width; if a number is provided it will be used a px value.
strokeColor string "#000" The color of each line drawn onto the canvas for the visualization.
autoStart boolean false When set to true, the start function will be called as soon as the audio is available.
slices number 100 The number of slices drawn onto the canvas to make up the wave. Only available as a prop when mode is "continuous"
heightNorm number 1 A number used to normalize the height of the wave; the wave function is multiplied by this number, so a number larger than 1 will exaggerate the height of the wave, while a number between 0 and 1 will minimize it. Only available as a prop when mode is "current"



export function useVisualizer(
    audio: MediaStream | null,
    canvas: HTMLCanvasElement | null,
    options?: UseVisualizerOptions
): Partial<VisualizerFunctions>;

The useVisualizer hook acts as a simple wrapper for both the currentVisualizer and continuousVisualizer functions from sound-visualizer, which allows the user to pass null for the audio and canvas parameters and returns an empty object if null is passed for either. It also wraps the VisualizerFunctions that are returned in a useMemo hook. (Note: if you would rather not use a memo, you can directly use the visualizerWrapper function)



export interface VisualizerChildrenProps {
  canvasRef: (canvas: HTMLCanvasElement) => void;
  start?: () => void;
  stop?: () => void;
  reset?: () => void;

The Visualizer's children prop must be a function that returns a ReactNode. The canvasRef must be passed as the ref prop to an HTML canvas element, or else the visualizer will not draw anything!


export type UseVisualizerOptions =
    | { mode: "current" } & DrawCurrentOptions
    | { mode?: "continuous" & DrawContinuousOptions

Where DrawCurrentOptions and DrawContinuousOptions are the types from sound-visualizer.


The visualizerWrapper function, used internally by useVisualizer, is exposed for convenience.

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