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    2.4.0 • Public • Published


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    $ npm install react-truncate


    import Truncate from 'react-truncate';
    // ...
    class Foo extends Component {
        render() {
            return (
                <Truncate lines={3} ellipsis={<span>... <a href='/link/to/article'>Read more</a></span>}>

    Hint: (Generally with React) if you want to preserve newlines from plain text, you need to do as follows:

        {text.split('\n').map((line, i, arr) => {
            const line = <span key={i}>{line}</span>;
            if (=== arr.length - 1) {
                return line;
            } else {
                return [line, <br key={+ 'br'} />];


    Prop Type Default Description Example
    lines integer, boolean {false} 1 Specifies how many lines of text should be preserved until it gets truncated. false and any integer < 1 will result in the text not getting clipped at all. (false, -1, 0), 1, ...
    ellipsis string, React node '…' An ellipsis that is added to the end of the text in case it is truncated. '...', <span>...</span>, <span>... <a href='#' onClick={someHandler}>Read more</a></span>, [<span key='some'>Some</span>, <span key='siblings'>siblings<span>]
    children string, React node The text to be truncated. Anything that can be evaluated as text. 'Some text', <p>Some paragraph <a/>with other text-based inline elements<a></p>, <span>Some</span><span>siblings</span>
    trimWhitespace boolean false If true, whitespace will be removed from before the ellipsis (e.g. words ... will become words... instead) <Truncate trimWhitespace>{longText}</Truncate>
    width number 0 If not 0, the calculation of the content will be based on this number. <Truncate trimWhitespace>{longText}</Truncate>
    onTruncate function Gets invoked on each render. Gets called with true when text got truncated and ellipsis was injected, and with false otherwise. isTruncated => isTruncated !== this.state.isTruncated && this.setState({ isTruncated })

    Known issues

    • Resize content when the size of parent container changed (use the width property or call ref.onResize()). See issue
    • Text exceeding horizontal boundaries when "viewport" meta tag is not set accordingly for mobile devices (font boosting leads to wrong calculations). See issue
    • Output in plain text only - no support for markup/HTML. See issue
    • Wrong line breaks when custom font is loading after the component has rendered. See issue
    • No support for letter spacing / word spacing. See issue

    Integrated example for toggling "read more" text

    import React, { Component } from 'react';
    import PropTypes from 'prop-types';
    import Truncate from 'react-truncate';
    class ReadMore extends Component {
        constructor(...args) {
            this.state = {
                expanded: false,
                truncated: false
            this.handleTruncate = this.handleTruncate.bind(this);
            this.toggleLines = this.toggleLines.bind(this);
        handleTruncate(truncated) {
            if (this.state.truncated !== truncated) {
        toggleLines(event) {
                expanded: !this.state.expanded
        render() {
            const {
            } = this.props;
            const {
            } = this.state;
            return (
                        lines={!expanded && lines}
                            <span>... <a href='#' onClick={this.toggleLines}>{more}</a></span>
                    {!truncated && expanded && (
                        <span> <a href='#' onClick={this.toggleLines}>{less}</a></span>
    ReadMore.defaultProps = {
        lines: 3,
        more: 'Read more',
        less: 'Show less'
    ReadMore.propTypes = {
        children: PropTypes.node.isRequired,
        lines: PropTypes.number,
        less: PropTypes.string,
        more: PropTypes.string
    export default ReadMore;


    Install system libraries needed for development dependencies

    Install development dependencies

    $ npm install

    Run tests

    $ npm test

    Run code linter

    $ npm run lint

    Compile to ES5 from /src to /lib

    $ npm run compile


    npm i react-truncate

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