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A React hook that measure an element's size and handle responsive components with highly-performant way, using ResizeObserver. Try it you will 👍🏻 it!

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To use react-cool-dimensions, you must use react@16.8.0 or greater which includes hooks.


This package is distributed via npm.

$ yarn add react-cool-dimensions
# or 
$ npm install --save react-cool-dimensions


react-cool-dimensions has a flexible API design, it can cover simple to complex use cases for you. Here are some examples to show you how does it work.

⚠️ Most modern browsers support ResizeObserver natively. You can also use polyfill for full browser support.

Basic Use Case

To report the size of an element by the width and height states.

import React from "react";
import useDimensions from "react-cool-dimensions";
const App = () => {
  const { ref, width, height, entry, unobserve, observe } = useDimensions({
    onResize: ({ width, height, entry, unobserve, observe }) => {
      // Triggered whenever the size of the target is changed
  return (
    <div ref={ref}>
      Hi! My width is {width}px and height is {height}px

Responsive Components

We have media queries but those are based on the browser viewport not individual elements. In some case, we'd like to style components based on the width of a containing element rather than the browser viewport. To meet this demand there's a proposal for container queries, but it still doesn't exist today...

No worries, react-cool-dimensions provides an alternative solution for us! We can activate the responsive mode by the breakpoints option. It's a width-based solution, once it's activated we can easily apply different styles to a component according to the currentBreakpoint state. The overall concept as below.

import React from "react";
import useDimensions from "react-cool-dimensions";
const Card = () => {
  const { ref, currentBreakpoint } = useDimensions({
    // The "currentBreakpoint" will be the object key based on the target's width
    // for instance, 0px - 319px (currentBreakpoint = XS), 320px - 479px (currentBreakpoint = SM) and so on
    breakpoints: { XS: 0, SM: 320, MD: 480, LG: 640 },
    onResize: ({ currentBreakpoint }) => {
      // Now the event callback will be triggered when breakpoint is changed
      // we can also access the "currentBreakpoint" here
  return (
    <div class={`card ${currentBreakpoint}`} ref={ref}>
      <div class="card-header">I'm 😎</div>
      <div class="card-body">I'm 👕</div>
      <div class="card-footer">I'm 👟</div>

Note: If the breakpoints option isn't set or there's no the defined breakpoint (object key) for a range of width. The currentBreakpoint will be empty string;

Border-box Size Measurement

By default, the hook reports the width and height based on the content rectangle of the target element. We can include the padding and border for measuring by the useBorderBoxSize option. Please note, the width and height states are rely on the ResizeObserverEntry.borderBoxSize but it hasn't widely implemented by browsers therefore we need to use polyfill for this feature.

import React from "react";
import useDimensions from "react-cool-dimensions";
import { ResizeObserver } from "@juggle/resize-observer";
const App = () => {
  const { ref, width, height } = useDimensions({
    useBorderBoxSize: true, // Tell the hook to measure based on the border-box size, default is false
    polyfill: ResizeObserver, // Use polyfill to make this feature works on more browsers
  return (
        width: "100px",
        height: "100px",
        padding: "10px",
        border: "5px solid grey",
      {/* Now the width and height will be: 100px + 10px + 5px = 115px */}
      Hi! My width is {width}px and height is {height}px

Use Your Own ref

In case of you had a ref already or you want to share a ref for other purposes. You can pass in the ref instead of using the one provided by this hook.

const ref = useRef();
const { width, height } = useDimensions({ ref });

Performance Optimization

The onResize event will be triggered whenever the size of the target element is changed. We can reduce the frequency of the event callback by activating the responsive mode or implementing our own throttled/debounced function as below.

import _ from "lodash";
const { ref, width, height } = useDimensions({
  onResize: _.throttle(() => {
    // Triggered once per every 500 milliseconds
  }, 500),


const returnObj = useDimensions(options?: object);

Return object

It's returned with the following properties.

Key Type Default Description
ref object Used to set the target element for measuring.
width number The width of the target element in pixel.
height number The height of the target element in pixel.
currentBreakpoint string Indicates the current breakpoint of the responsive components.
entry object The ResizeObserverEntry of the target element.
unobserve function To stop observing the target element.
observe function To re-start observing the target element once it's stopped observing.


The options provides the following configurations and event callback for you.

Key Type Default Description
ref object For some reasons, you can pass in your own ref instead of using the built-in.
breakpoints object Activates the responsive mode for responsive components or performance optimization.
useBorderBoxSize boolean false Tells the hook to measure the target element based on the border-box size.
onResize function It's invoked whenever the size of the target element is changed. But in responsive mode, it's invoked based on the changing of the breakpoint rather than the size.
polyfill ResizeObserver It's used for injecting a polyfill.

ResizeObserver Polyfill

ResizeObserver has good support amongst browsers, but it's not universal. You'll need to use polyfill for browsers that don't support it. Polyfills is something you should do consciously at the application level. Therefore react-cool-dimensions doesn't include it.

We recommend using @juggle/resize-observer:

$ yarn add @juggle/resize-observer
# or 
$ npm install --save @juggle/resize-observer

Then inject it by the polyfill option:

import { ResizeObserver } from "@juggle/resize-observer";
const { width, height } = useDimensions(ref, { polyfill: ResizeObserver });

Or pollute the window object:

import { ResizeObserver, ResizeObserverEntry } from "@juggle/resize-observer";
if (!("ResizeObserver" in window)) {
  window.ResizeObserver = ResizeObserver;
  // Only use it when you have this trouble:
  // window.ResizeObserverEntry = ResizeObserverEntry;

You could use dynamic imports to only load the file when the polyfill is required:

(async () => {
  if (!("ResizeObserver" in window)) {
    const module = await import("@juggle/resize-observer");
    window.ResizeObserver = module.ResizeObserver;
    // Only use it when you have this trouble:
    // window.ResizeObserverEntry = module.ResizeObserverEntry;

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This project follows the all-contributors specification. Contributions of any kind welcome!


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