/ Tooltip

A small tooltip component for React which is developed with simplicity

A small tooltip component for React which is developed with simplicity


React-hint is a small tooltip component for React which is developed with simplicity and performance in mind. It also plays nicely with Preact and Inferno.

react-hint tooltip
custom tooltip

How to install

npm i -S react-hint

How to use

// React
import React from 'react'
import ReactHintFactory from 'react-hint'
const ReactHint = ReactHintFactory(React)

// Preact
import {h, Component} from 'preact'
import ReactHintFactory from 'react-hint'
const ReactHint = ReactHintFactory({createElement: h, Component})

// Inferno
import Inferno from 'inferno-compat'
import ReactHintFactory from 'react-hint'
const ReactHint = ReactHintFactory(Inferno)

// UMD
const ReactHint = window.ReactHintFactory(window.React)


ReactHint Property Type Default Value Description
attribute String "data-rh" Allows setting a custom tooltip attribute instead of the default one.
autoPosition Boolean false Autopositions tooltips based on closeness to window borders.
className String "react-hint" You can override the tooltip style by passing the className property.
delay Number 0 The default delay before showing/hiding the tooltip.
events Boolean or {click: Boolean, focus: Boolean, hover: Boolean} false Enables/disables all events or a subset of events.
onRenderContent Function Passing a function which returns a react node allows rendering custom content with attached event handlers.
persist Boolean false Hide the tooltip only on outside click, hover, etc.
position "top", "left", "right", "bottom" "top" Allows setting the default tooltip placement.
ref Function You can pass a function which will get a reference to the tooltip instance.
DOM Element Attribute Type Default Value Description
data-rh String Sets the tooltip's content.
data-rh-at "top", "left", "right", "bottom" "top" Allows overriding the default tooltip placement.


You don't need to include ReactHint in every component which uses tooltips, just include it once in the topmost container component. In case you need to define multiple instances of ReactHint, you can customise the attribute name per instance. ReactHint also supports custom tooltip content with attached event handlers by overriding the content renderer and returning a react node.

import React from 'react'
import {render} from 'react-dom'
import ReactHintFactory from 'react-hint'
import 'react-hint/css/index.css'

const ReactHint = ReactHintFactory(React)
class App extends React.Component {
	onRenderContent = (target, content) => {
		const {catId} = target.dataset
		const width = 240
		const url = `https://images.pexels.com/photos/${catId}/pexels-photo-${catId}.jpeg?w=${width}`

		return <div className="custom-hint__content">
			<img src={url} width={width} />
			<button ref={(ref) => ref && ref.focus()}
				onClick={() => this.instance.toggleHint()}>Ok</button>

	render() {
		return <div>
			<ReactHint autoPosition events delay={100} />
			<ReactHint persist
				events={{click: true}}
				ref={(ref) => this.instance = ref} />

			<button data-rh="Default">Default</button>
			<button data-rh="Top" data-rh-at="top">Top</button>
			<button data-rh="Right" data-rh-at="right">Right</button>
			<button data-rh="Bottom" data-rh-at="bottom">Bottom</button>
			<button data-rh="Left" data-rh-at="left">Left</button>

			<button data-custom
				data-cat-id="10913">Click Me</button>

			<button data-custom
				data-cat-id="416088">Click Me</button>

render(<App />, demo)