React Waypoint Revealable

November 8, 2017
react emotion

react-waypoint is a useful tool in the React ecosystem for triggering a function when an element enters or leaves the viewport. waypoint demo page.

We can use this lib to trivially implement a Reveal Component which will reveal its children using opacity and a slight upward movement.

First we build the raw Revealable Component. We could implement this by mapping over children instead, but using a div (or section, etc) gives us the ability to just use it without caring about what the children are doing with their classname props. The raw Revealable component uses the show prop to determine if the element should show itself (and thus its children).

import styled from "react-emotion";

const Revealable = styled("div")`
  opacity: ${({ show }) => (show ? "100" : "0")};
  margin-top: ${({ show }) => (show ? "0" : "100px")};
  transition: opacity ease-out 0.5s, margin-top cubic-bezier(0, 0, 0.58, 1) 1s;

Then we can use Revealable in combination with Waypoint to trigger the showing of children when Revealable becomes visible.

import React, { Component } from "react";
import Waypoint from "react-waypoint";

class Reveal extends Component {
  state = {
    revealed: false
  reveal = () => {
    this.setState({ revealed: true });
  render() {
    return (
      <Waypoint onEnter={this.reveal}>
        <Revealable show={this.state.revealed}>


This is a great example of how encapsulating logic in React components (such as Waypoint and Revealable can lead to simple, composed components that combine logic (like Reveal).

We can then use our Reveal component as such:

class MyPage extends Component {
  render() {
    return (
        <h1>Some Stuff</h1>
          <h2>subtitle comes in when visible</h2>

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