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a custom React effect for clicking away to close dropdowns
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The Problem

In modern web applications, it is difficult to build a dropdown or other container that closes when you click away.

The Solution

react-use-click-away is a custom React effect which allows you to easily close your dropdowns and other containers when clicking away.

Similar to useEffect, you call it within a Hook component and it will help you hide and show your components based on where you click within your app.


Using it in your application might look something like this:

import React, { useState } from "react"
import useClickAway from "react-use-click-away"

function NavBar () {
  const [open, setOpen] = useState(false)

    reactAppId: "my-react-app",
    clickable: ["navbar"]

  return (
    <nav id='navbar'>
      <span id='toggle' onClick={() => setOpen(!open)}>Menu</span>
        <div className={`inner-menu ${open ? "active" : ""}`}>
          <ul className="nav-list">
            <li>Page 1</li>
            <li>Page 2</li>

export default NavBar

You call useClickAway inside your function component and pass it an object with the following properties:

  • open: the state value for the dropdown or container (boolean)
  • setOpen: the corresponding hook which updates open (function)
  • reactAppId: the id on the div that wraps your entire app (string)
  • clickable: the elements that are clickable (i.e. clicking them won't close the dropdown or container) (array of strings)

See a live demo here:

Edit react-use-click-away


You can install it using either of the following:

# Using npm
npm install --save react-use-click-away

# Using yarn
yarn add --save react-use-click-away


Thanks goes to these wonderful people (emoji key):

Tad Scritchfield
Tad Scritchfield

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JavaScript Joe
JavaScript Joe

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Distributed under the MIT License. See LICENSE for more information.


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