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React Super Dropdown

Non-prescriptive React.js dropdown toolkit.

This is a fork of react-simple-dropdown.

With the following enhancements:

  • Updated ES2015 source syntax
  • Removed need for external stylesheet to be used
  • Added ability to use custom tag names for the trigger and menu elements. With react-simple-dropdown the trigger and menu may only be rendered using div tags. With this component you can use ul, a, or even any custom components you like. This is useful if you are using a ready-made theme.
  • Menu is not rendered if dropdown is closed - instead of it just being hidden by css.


This module is designed for use with Browserify (but should work with anything CommonJS compatible). You can easily install it with npm:

npm install react-super-dropdown

How to use

This module provides three React components that you can use as a basis for any kind of dropdown menu:

  • DropdownTrigger: The element that will cause your dropdown to appear when clicked.
  • DropdownContents: Contains the "filling" of your dropdown. Generally, this is a list of links.
  • Dropdown: The base element for your dropdown. This contains both the DropdownTrigger and the DropdownContents, and handles communication between them.

Keep in mind that DropdownTrigger and DropdownContent must be direct children of Dropdown. Here's a quick example:

import React, { Component } from 'react';
import Dropdown, { DropdownTrigger, DropdownContent } from 'react-super-dropdown';

class MyDropdown extends Component {
  render () {
    return (
        <DropdownTrigger tagName='a'>Profile</DropdownTrigger>
        <DropdownContent tagName='ul'>
            <a href="/profile">Profile</a>
            <a href="/favorites">Favorites</a>
            <a href="/logout">Log Out</a>


Options can be passed to Dropdown as props.A list of available options can be found below. These must be passed to the containing Dropdown component.

Property Type Description
active boolean Manually show/hide the DropdownContent. Make sure to unset this or the dropdown will stay open.
onShow function Callback for when DropdownContent is shown.
onHide function Callback for when DropdownContent is hidden.

DropdownContent and DropdownTrigger components can also be passed the following options as props:

Property Type Description
tagName string/component tagName or component to be used for rendered element


Non-prescriptive React.js dropdown toolkit




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