/ Scroll

React component for keeping components scrolled down

React component for keeping components scrolled down

react-stay-scrolled

Keep your component, such as message boxes, scrolled down.

Install

$ npm install --save react-stay-scrolled

Usage

react-stay-scrolled injects methods stayScrolled and scrollBottom to its children through the scrolled higher order component:

// messages.jsx
import React, { Component } from 'react';
import PropTypes from 'prop-types';
import StayScrolled from 'react-stay-scrolled';
import Message from './message.jsx';

const Messages = ({ messages }) => (
  <StayScrolled component="div">
  {
    messages.map(
      (message, i) => <Message key={i} text={message} />
    )
  }
  </StayScrolled>
);

Messages.propTypes = {
  messages = PropTypes.array
}
// message.jsx
import React, { Component, propTypes } from 'react';
import { scrolled } from 'react-stay-scrolled';

class Message extends Component {
  static propTypes = {
    stayScrolled: PropTypes.func,
    scrollBottom: PropTypes.func,
  }

  componentDidMount() {
    const { stayScrolled, scrollBottom } = this.props;

    // Make the parent StayScrolled component scroll down if it was already scrolled
    stayScrolled();

    // Make the parent StayScrolled component scroll down, even if not completely scrolled down
    // scrollBottom();
  }

  render() {
    return (<div>{this.props.text}</div>);
  }
}

export default scrolled(Message);

The methods can also be called from the parent element:

import React, { Component } from 'react';
import PropTypes from 'prop-types';
import StayScrolled from 'react-stay-scrolled';

class Messages extends Component {
  componentDidUpdate(prevProps) {
    if(prevProps.messages.length < this.props.messages.length)
      this.stayScrolled(); // Or: this.scrollBottom
  }

  storeScrolledControllers = ({ stayScrolled, scrollBottom }) => {
    this.stayScrolled = stayScrolled;
    this.scrollBottom = scrollBottom;
  }

  render() {
    const { messages } = this.props;

    return (
      <StayScrolled provideControllers={this.storeScrolledControllers}>
      {
        messages.map(
          (message, i) => <Message key={i} text={message} />
        )
      }
      </StayScrolled>
    );
  }
}

Another use case is notifying users when there is a new message down the window that they haven't read:

// messages.jsx
import React, { Component } from 'react';
import PropTypes from 'prop-types';
import StayScrolled from 'react-stay-scrolled';
import Message from './message.jsx';

class Messages extends Component {
  state = {
    notifyNewMessage: false
  }

  onStayScrolled = (isScrolled) => {
    // Tell the user to scroll down to see the newest messages if the element wasn't scrolled down
    this.setState({ notifyNewMessage: !isScrolled });
  }

  onScrolled = () => {
    // The element just scrolled down - remove new messages notification, if any
    this.setState({ notifyNewMessage: false });
  }

  render() {
    const { messages } = this.props;
    const { notifyNewMessage } = this.state;

    return (
      <div>
        <StayScrolled
          component="div"
          onStayScrolled={this.onStayScrolled}
          onScrolled={this.onScrolled}
        >
        {
          messages.map(
            (message, i) => <Message key={i} text={message} />
          )
        }
        </StayScrolled>
        { notifyNewMessage && <div>Scroll down to new message</div> }
      </div>
    );
  }
}

Props

component

Type: a React component, default: "div"

Passed to React.createElement, used to wrap the children

debug

Type: function(msg), default () => {}

Used to log debug messages in StayScrolled, usually (msg) => { console.log(msg); }

stayInaccuracy

Type: number, default: 0

Defines an error margin, in pixels, under which stayScrolled will still scroll to the bottom

provideControllers

Type: function({ stayScrolled, scrollBottom }), default: null

Used for getting scroll controllers to the parent elements, see the controller API below

onStayScrolled

Type: function(scrolled)

Fires after executing stayScrolled, notifies back whether or not the component is scrolled down. Useful to know if you need to notify the user about new messages

scrolled

Type: boolean

True if the call to stayScrolled performed a scroll to bottom, false otherwise

onScrolled

Type: function()

Fires when the element scrolls down, useful to remove the new message notification

runScroll

Type: function(dom, offset), default: (dom, offset) => { dom.scrollTop = offset; }

Used for animating dom scrolling. You can use dynamic.js, Velocity, jQuery, or your favorite animation library. Here are examples of possible, tested runScroll values:

const easing = 'linear';
const duration = 100;

const dynamicsRunScroll = (dom, offset) => {
  dynamics.animate(dom, {
    scrollTop: offset,
  }, {
    type: dynamics[easing],
    duration,
  });
};

const jqueryRunScroll = (dom, offset) => {
  jQuery(dom).animate({ scrollTop: offset }, duration, easing);
};

const velocityRunScroll = (dom, offset) => {
  Velocity(
    dom.firstChild,
    'scroll',
    {
      container: dom,
      easing,
      duration,
      offset,
    }
  );
};

Controllers

Two methods used for controlling scroll behavior.
Can be accessed by children by injecting into props with scrolled higher order component, or via context.
Can be accessed by parents by passing provideControllers prop to StayScrolled.

stayScrolled

Type: function(notify = true)

Scrolls down the element if it was already scrolled down - useful for when a user is reading previous messages, and you don't want to interrupt

notify

Type: boolean optional, default true.

If true, it fires an onStayScrolled event after execution, notifying whether or not the component stayed scrolled

scrollDown

Type: function()

Scrolls down the wrapper element, regardless of current position

Higher order component

scrolled

Injects the above controllers, stayScrolled and scrollBottom to the props of a child element of StayScrolled

TODO

  • Try to automate scrolling on some of the use-cases
  • Improve examples

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