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Kunal Bagaria
Kunal Bagaria

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How to create a popup menu in React that closes on clicking outside (module)

So here you are, you want to make your popup in your website but you can't find a good tutorial on how to do that. Fear not, your friendly neighborhood react developer is here to save the day.

First things first, we are gonna use an external npm module to make things easier.

yarn add react-click-away-listener


npm i react-click-away-listener

Now, on to the syntax:

You can find additional docs here: Link

import { useState ) from 'react';
import ClickAwayListener from 'react-click-away-listener';

const App = () => {
    const [popup, setPopup] = useState(false)
    return (
        {/* The option to open the popup */}
        <button onClick={() => setPopup(true)}>Click Me</button>
        {/* The popup itself */}
        {popup && (
            <ClickAwayListener onClickAway={() => setPopup(false)}>
                    <div className={'popup'}>
                        <li>Items of the Popup</li>
                        <li>Items of the Popup</li>
                        <li>Items of the Popup</li>
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There you have it, that's basically how you can make a click away listening popup in react. I have excluded the styling portion for this article, but I'll be sure to write up on it soon.

Top comments (8)

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Enoch Ndika

This can be easily done with useRef hook. why use an npm package for basic stuff?

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Kunal Bagaria

Yeah, I could have shown that but thought that this would be easier for people, appreciate the feedback though :)

charlesinwald profile image

I find the title misleading in that case. When you rely heavily on a library like this, include it in the title.

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Kunal Bagaria

Sure, I'll update the title :)

anshrk profile image

Really cool, Hype for the "Center the div" tutorial

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Kunal Bagaria

Haha, easy one to make, no worries, gonna make it soon

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Saulo Dias

I didn't search for this. I only followed because of Starship.

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Md Kawsar Islam Yeasin

why you need to use any kind of npm packages for this kind of simple stuff.