Floating UI is a small library that helps you create "floating" elements such as tooltips, popovers, dropdowns, and more.
It offers two main features:
- Anchor positioning: Anchor a floating element (such as a tooltip) to another element (such as a button) while simultaneously ensuring it stays in view as best as possible by avoiding collisions. This feature is available for all platforms.
- User interactions for React: Hooks and components for composing interactions to create accessible floating UI components.
You can sponsor Floating UI in a variety of ways on Open Collective.
Floating elements are absolutely positioned, typically anchored to another UI element. Ensuring a floating element remains anchored next to another element can be challenging, especially in unique layout contexts like scrolling containers.
Absolute positioning can also cause problems when the floating element is too close to the edge of the viewport and becomes obscured, also known as a collision. When a collision occurs, the position must be adjusted to ensure the floating element remains visible.
Further, floating elements are often interactive, which can raise complex accessibility issues when designing user interactions.
Floating UI offers a set of low-level features to help you navigate these challenges and build accessible floating UI components.
To install Floating UI, you can use a package manager like npm or a CDN. There are different versions available for different platforms.
npm install @floating-ui/dom
# Positioning + interactions npm install @floating-ui/react # Positioning only (smaller size) npm install @floating-ui/react-dom
npm install @floating-ui/react-native
Use with Vue.
npm install @floating-ui/vue
Canvas or other platforms
npm install @floating-ui/core
This project is a monorepo written in TypeScript using npm workspaces. The website is using Next.js SSG and Tailwind CSS for styling.
- Fork and clone the repo
- Install dependencies in root directory with
- Build initial package dist files with
npm run build
npm -w packages/dom run dev in the root will launch the
development visual tests at
http://localhost:1234. The playground uses React
to write each test route, bundled by Vite.
Each route has screenshots taken of the page by Playwright to ensure all the functionalities work as expected; this is an easy, reliable and high-level way of testing the positioning logic.
Below the main container are UI controls to turn on certain state and options. Every single combination of state is tested visually via the snapshots to cover as much as possible.
npm -w packages/react run dev in the root will launch the
development tests at