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Detect if an element is in the viewport using a React Hook. Utilizes the Intersection Observer API, so check for compatibility.


npm install react-hook-inview

Optional: Install a polyfill for browsers that don't support IntersectionObserver yet (i.e. Safari 12).


The hook in its most basic form returns a ref and a boolean.

const [ref, inView] = useInView()

That's all you need to get started, but it does a lot more.


In this example, the boolean is used to toggle some text on and off when the element is fully in the viewport.

import React from 'react'
import { useInView } from 'react-hook-inview'

const Component = () => {
  const [ref, isVisible] = useInView({
    threshold: 1,

  return <div ref={ref}>{isVisible ? 'Hello World!' : ''}</div>


The hook returns a tuple with four items:

  • A ref callback, used to set observer on an element.
  • A boolean when the element is in the viewport.
  • The IntersectionObserverEntry
  • The IntersectionObserver itself
const [ref, inView, entry, observer] = useInView(options, [...state])


These are the default options.

  root?: RefObject<Element> | null, // Optional, must be a parent of your ref
  rootMargin?: string,              // '0px' or '0px 0px 0px 0px', also accepts '%' unit
  threshold?: number | number[],    // 0.5 or [0, 0.5, 1]
  unobserveOnEnter?: boolean,       // Set 'true' to run only once
  onEnter?: (entry?, observer?) => void, // See below
  onLeave?: (entry?, observer?) => void, // See below
  target?: RefObject<Element> | null,    // *DEPRECATED* Supply your own ref object

NOTE If you're updating from < version 4.0.0., you might have noticed an API changed. The target option has been deprecated, but still works the same way.

onEnter & onLeave callbacks

⚠️ These options are deprecated, and support may be removed in a future release. To access the intersection observer callback, use the useInViewEffect hook instead.

onEnter and onLeave recieve a callback function that returns an IntersectionObserverEntry and the IntersectionObserver itself. The two arguments are entirely optional.

function onEnter(entry, observer) {
  // entry.boundingClientRect
  // entry.intersectionRatio
  // entry.intersectionRect
  // entry.isIntersecting
  // entry.rootBounds
  // entry.time

NOTE: If you supply an array with multiple values to threshold, onEnter will be called each time the element intersects with the top and bottom of the viewport. onLeave will on trigger once the element has left the viewport at the first threshold specified.

Accessing external state in callbacks

For performance reasons, the hook is only triggered once on mount. However, this means you can't access updated state in the onEnter/onLeave callbacks. An optional second argument will retrigger the hook to mitigate this.

// Some other state
const [state, setState] = useState(false)

const [ref, inView] = useInView(
    onEnter: () => console.log(state),
) // <- Will update callback

This will remount the intersection observer, and may have unintended side effects. Use this feature with caution.


An alternate hook that allows you to just supply the intersection observer callback. This approach is gives you a little more flexibilty than using the callbacks in the original hook as it doesn't obfuscate the Intersection Observer API as much.

const ref = useInViewEffect(callback, options, [...state])


import React, { useState } from 'react'
import { useInViewEffect } from 'react-hook-inview'

const Component = () => {
  const [isVisible, setIsVisible] = useState(false)

  const ref = useInViewEffect(
    ([entry], observer) => {
      if (entry.isIntersecting) {
    { threshold: 0.5 },

  return <div ref={ref}>{isVisible ? 'Hello World!' : ''}</div>

Keep in mind that the first argument will return an array.


The useInViewEffect hook has more limited options that mirror the default API.

  root?: RefObject<Element> | null, // Optional, must be a parent of your ref
  rootMargin?: string,              // '0px' or '0px 0px 0px 0px', also accepts '%' unit
  threshold?: number | number[],    // 0.5 or [0, 0.5, 1]



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