Add a context menu to your react app with ease

May 16, 2018
Add a context menu to your react app with ease


A declarative context menu for React !

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⚠️ The v3 introduces a lot of breaking changes. Please consider reading the migration guide.


$ yarn add react-contexify or $ npm install --save react-contexify


The gist

import { ContextMenu, Item, Separator, Submenu, ContextMenuProvider } from 'react-contexify'; import 'react-contexify/dist/ReactContexify.min.css'; const onClick = ({ event, ref, data, dataFromProvider }) => console.log('Hello'); // create your menu first const MyAwesomeMenu = () => ( <ContextMenu id='menu_id'> <Item onClick={onClick}>Lorem</Item> <Item onClick={onClick}>Ipsum</Item> <Separator /> <Item disabled>Dolor</Item> <Separator /> <Submenu label="Foobar"> <Item onClick={onClick}>Foo</Item> <Item onClick={onClick}>Bar</Item> </Submenu> </ContextMenu> ); const App = () => ( <div> <h1>Welcome to My App</h1> <ContextMenuProvider id="menu_id"> <div>Some Content ... </div> </ContextMenuProvider> <MyAwesomeMenu /> </div> );

Wrap component with the Component of your choice

The ContextMenuProvider expose a component prop to let you do render a custom component or any valid html tag.

Html tag

If you just want to replace the default html tag, just pass the desired tag to component:

const ComponentWithMenu = (props) => ( <ContextMenuProvider id="menu_id" component="li"> <h4>{props.cel1}</h4> <h4>{props.cel2}</h4> </ContextMenuProvider> );

Custom Component

If you want to use a custom component, it works like react-router. Don't forget to render the chilren and
to grab the event to trigger the context menu:

const CustomComponent = ({ children, }) => ( <aside {}> <div> {children} </div> </aside> ); const ComponentWithMenu = (props) => ( <ContextMenuProvider id="menu_id" component={CustomComponent}> <h4>{props.cel1}</h4> <h4>{props.cel2}</h4> </ContextMenuProvider> );

Using a render props

You can also use a render props:

const ComponentWithMenu = (props) => ( <ContextMenuProvider id="menu_id" render={({ children, }) => ( <aside {}> <div> {children} </div> </aside>)} > <h4>{props.cel1}</h4> <h4>{props.cel2}</h4> </ContextMenuProvider> );

Disable an Item

You can disable an Item with a boolean or a callback. When a callback is used, a boolean must be returned. The callback has access to the same parameter as the onClick callback.

const isDisabled = ({ event, ref, data, dataFromProvider }) => { return true; } <ContextMenu id='menu_id'> <Item disabled>Foo</Item> <Item disabled={isDisabled}>Bar</Item> </ContextMenu>

Disable a submenu

Disable a Submenu is simple as disabling an Item. The disabled callback is slightly different, there is no data param.

<ContextMenu id='menu_id'> <Item>Foo</Item> <Submenu label="Submenu" disabled> <Item>Bar</Item> </Submenu> </ContextMenu>

Change the Submenu arrow

<ContextMenu id='menu_id'> <Item>Foo</Item> <Submenu label="Submenu" arrow="????"> <Item>Bar</Item> </Submenu> <Separator /> <Submenu label="Submenu" arrow={<i className="rocket">????</i>}> <Item>Bar</Item> </Submenu> </ContextMenu>

The onClick callback

The onClick callback of the Item component gives you access to an object with 4 properties:


The event property refers to the native event which triggered the menu. It can be used to access the mouse coordinate or any other event prop.

const onClick = ({ event, ref, data, dataFromProvider }) => { // Accessing the mouse coordinate console.log(event.clientX, event.clientY); }


If you wrap a single react component ref will be the mounted instance of the wrapped component.

If you wrap more than one component ref will be an array containing a ref of every component.

ref will be an instance of the react component only if the component is declared as a class

For more details about ref please read this

  • With a single component
const Wrapped = () => ( <ContextMenuProvider id="id"> <Avatar id="foobar" /> </ContextMenuProdider> ); const onClick = ({ event, ref, data, dataFromProvider }) => { // Retrieve the Avatar id console.log(; }
  • With more than one component
const Wrapped = () => ( <ContextMenuProvider id="id"> <Avatar id="foobar" /> <Avatar id="plop" /> </ContextMenuProdider> ); const onClick = ({ event, ref, data, dataFromProvider }) => { // Print foobar console.log(ref[0]; // Print plop console.log(ref[1]; }
  • With an html node, the ref contains the html node ????
const Wrapped = () => ( <ContextMenuProvider id="id"> <div id="foobar" data-xxx="plop">bar</div> </ContextMenuProdider> ); const onClick = ({ event, ref, data, dataFromProvider }) => { // Retrieve the div id console.log(; // Access the data attribue console.log(; }

With more than one html node wrapped you get an array as well.


const onClick = ({ event, ref, data, dataFromProvider }) => { // Print Ada console.log(; } const YourMenu = () => ( <ContextMenu> <Item data={name: 'Ada'} onClick={onClick}>Hello</Item> </ContextMenu> );


The data prop passed to the ContextMenuProvider is accessible for every Item as dataFromProvider.

const Wrapped = () => ( <ContextMenuProvider id="id" data={name: 'Ada'}> <div id="foobar" data-xxx="plop">bar</div> </ContextMenuProdider> ); const onClick = ({ event, ref, data, dataFromProvider }) => { // Print Ada Again console.log(; }

Why use destructuring assignment?

  • As a developer, pick only what you want: ({ ref }) => {}
  • As a maintainer, easier to extend the library: ({ event, ref, data, dataFromProvider, theFithParameter }) => {}
  • 'destructuring'.substring(-1, 8) ????



id: string | number-Id used to map your component to a context menu
component: node'div'The component used to wrap the child component
render: function-Render props
event: string'onContextMenu'Same as React Event (onClick, onContextMenu ...). Event used to trigger the context menu
data: any-Data are passed to the Item onClick callback.
storeRef: booleantrueStore ref of the wrapped component.
className: string-Additional className
style: object-Additional style
<ContextMenuProvider id="menu_id" data={foo: 'bar'}> <MyComponent /> </ContextMenuProvider>


PropsRequiredPossible ValueDescription
id: string | number-Used to identify the corresponding menu
style: object-An optional style to apply
className: string-An optional css class to apply
theme: stringlight | darkTheme is appended to react-contexify__theme--${given theme}
animation: stringfade | flip | pop | zoomAnimation is appended to .react-contexify__will-enter--${given animation}
// You can set built-in theme and animation using the provided helpers as follow import { ContextMenu, Item, theme, animation } from 'react-contexify'; <ContextMenu id="foo" theme={theme.dark} animation={animation.pop}> <Item>Foo</Item> <Item disabled>Bar</Item> {/* and so on */} </ContextMenu>


label: node-Submenu label. It can be a string or any node element like <div>hello</div>
disabled: bool | ({ event, ref, dataFromProvider }) => boolfalseDisable the item. If a function, it must return a boolean.
arrow: node-Define a custom arrow


disabled: bool | ({ event, ref, data, dataFromProvider }) => boolfalseDisable the item. If a function, it must return a boolean.
onClick: ({ event, ref, data, dataFromProvider }) => void-Callback when the item is clicked
data: any-Additional data that will be passed to the callback


Don't expect any props. It's just a separator xD.

<Separator />


className: stringAdditional className
style: objectAdditional style

The icon font renders a i tag. It's just a helper

//example with Font Awesome <Item> <IconFont className="fa fa-trash" />Delete </Item> //example with material icons <Item> <IconFont className="material-icons">remove_circle</IconFont>Delete <Item>


  • [ ] Allow keyboard navigation
  • [ ] Switch or not to styled component?
  • [ ] Accessibility
  • [ ] RTL support

Migration from v2 to v3

A huge part of the code has been reviewed. The api has been simplified.

  • There is no more leftIcon and rightIcon on the Item component. Do <Item><IconFont className="fa fa-delete" /> delete</Item> instead
  • The menuProvider HOC has been removed. You can create yours easely
  • The onClick callback use destructuring assignment over explicit parameter
  • renderTag as been replaced by component and render props. Same api as react-router