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Measures DOM elements (aka. bounding client rect). See also Element.getBoundingClientRect()


From the command line in your project directory, run npm install @reach/rect or yarn add @reach/rect. Then import the component or hook that you need:

npm install @reach/rect# oryarn add @reach/rect
import Rect, { useRect } from "@reach/rect";

Component API


function useRect<T extends Element>(nodeRef: React.RefObject<T>, options?: { observe?: boolean, onChange?: (rect: DOMRect) => void }): null | DOMRect

Hook that observes and returns the measurements (ClientRect) of a DOM element. Pass it the ref that is placed on the element to be measured.

useRect Options

useRect observe

Tells useRect whether or not to observe changes to the position of the node. Defaults to true.

This is typically used for elements that pop over other elements. You generally don't need to observe all of the time—only when the popup is active.

If observe is false, the element's DOMRect will no longer be observed.

function Example() {  const [observe, setObserve] = React.useState(true);  // your own ref  const ref = React.useRef();
  // pass it in to be observered  const rect = useRect(ref, { observe });
  return (    <div>      <button onClick={() => setObserve(!observe)}>        {observe ? "Stop" : "Start"} observing      </button>      <pre>{JSON.stringify(rect, null, 2)}</pre>      <div        // and then place the ref        ref={ref}        contentEditable        style={{          display: "inline-block",          padding: 10,          border: "solid 1px",        }}        dangerouslySetInnerHTML={{          __html: "Edit this to change the size!",        }}      />    </div>  );}
useRect onChange

onChange?(rect: DOMRect): void

Calls back whenever the rect of the element changes.

function Example() {  const ref = React.useRef();  useRect(ref, {    onChange(rect) {      console.log(rect);    },  });  return <div ref={ref} />;}


Render prop component for use in class components to observe element measurements.

Rect Props

Rect children

children(args: { rect: DOMRect | null; ref: React.Ref<any> }): JSX.Element

A function that calls back to you with a ref to place on an element and the rect measurements of the dom node.

Note: On the first render rect will be null because we can't measure a node that has not yet been rendered. Make sure your code accounts for this.

Rect observe

observe?: boolean

Same as useRect's observe option. While observing, the children render prop may call back very quickly (especially while scrolling), so it can be important for performance to avoid observing when you don't need to. Defaults to true.

<Rect observe={false}>  {({ rect, ref }) => (    <div ref={ref}>      <div>Will not measure the element when false</div>      <div>        Edit this code and change it to <code>true</code>      </div>      <pre>{JSON.stringify(rect, null, 2)}</pre>    </div>  )}</Rect>
Rect onChange

onChange?(rect: DOMRect): void

Same as useRect's onChange option.

<Rect onChange={rect => console.log(rect)}/>  {({ rect, ref }) => (    <div ref={ref}/>  )}</Rect>