React Life Timeline

A life by weeks timeline component for React. Inspired by this post on Wait but Why, and

To build the examples locally, run:

npm install
npm start
Then open [`localhost:8000`](http://localhost:8000) in a browser.


The easiest way to use react-life-timeline is to install it from NPM and include it in your own React build process (using Browserify, Webpack, etc).

You can also use the standalone build by including dist/react-life-timeline.js in your page. If you use this, make sure you have already included React, and it is available as a global variable.

npm install react-life-timeline --save


Drop the component in with a get_events method that calls a callback with an array of events from a local or API data source.

Each event object should have:

  • title: Title of event
  • date_start: Date object
  • date_end: Date object (optional)
  • color: Hex color (optional)
  • ongoing: Boolean (If true, event will be rendered through today, default: false)
var ReactLifeTimeline = require('react-life-timeline');

<ReactLifeTimeline get_events={this.fetch_events.bind(this)} birthday={new Date('1985-04-04')}></ReactLifeTimeline>

And an example get_events function:

fetch_events: function(cb) {
	api.get('/api/your-resource', {id: 1}, (res) => {


Either specify a get_events function, or pass in events as props.

  • get_events: void function(callback)
  • events: Optional list of event objects
  • birthday (date object)
  • birthday_color (hex string)
  • subject_name (string, or null for 'I')
  • project_days (int, # of days to project into future)

Development (src, lib and the build process)

NOTE: The source code for the component is in src. A transpiled CommonJS version (generated with Babel) is available in lib for use with node.js, browserify and webpack. A UMD bundle is also built to dist, which can be included without the need for any build system.

To build, watch and serve the examples (which will also watch the component source), run npm start. If you just want to watch changes to src and rebuild lib, run npm run watch (this is useful if you are working with npm link).