Bind mouse and touch events to any React component

May 22, 2021
Bind mouse and touch events to any React component


Bread n butter utility for component-tied mouse/touch gestures in React

@use-gesture is a library that let you bind richer mouse and touch events to any component or view. With the data you receive, it becomes trivial to set up gestures, and often takes no more than a few lines of code.

You can use it stand-alone, but to make the most of it you should combine it with an animation library like react-spring, though you can most certainly use any other.

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#Yarn yarn add @use-gesture/react #NPM npm install @use-gesture/react

Vanilla javascript

#Yarn yarn add @use-gesture/vanilla #NPM npm install @use-gesture/vanilla

Simple example


import { useSpring, animated } from '@react-spring/web' import { useDrag } from '@use-gesture/react' function Example() { const [{ x, y }, api] = useSpring(() => ({ x: 0, y: 0 })) // Set the drag hook and define component movement based on gesture data const bind = useDrag(({ down, movement: [mx, my] }) => { api.start({ x: down ? mx : 0, y: down ? my : 0 }) }) // Bind it to a component return <animated.div {...bind()} style={{ x, y, touchAction: 'none' }} /> } ``` Vanilla javascript ```html <!-- index.html --> <div id="drag" />
// script.js const el = document.getElementById('drag') const gesture = new DragGesture(el, ({ active, movement: [mx, my] }) => { setActive(active) anime({ targets: el, translateX: active ? mx : 0, translateY: active ? my : 0, duration: active ? 0 : 1000 }) }) // when you want to remove the listener gesture.destroy()

The example above makes a div draggable so that it follows your mouse on drag, and returns to its initial position on release.

Make sure you always set touchAction on a draggable element to prevent glitches with the browser native scrolling on touch devices.

Available hooks

@use-gesture/react exports several hooks that can handle different gestures:

useDragHandles the drag gesture
useMoveHandles mouse move events
useHoverHandles mouse enter and mouse leave events
useScrollHandles scroll events
useWheelHandles wheel events
usePinchHandles the pinch gesture
useGestureHandles multiple gestures in one hook