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Chetan Rohilla
Chetan Rohilla

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Timeline Component in React

A timeline is a display of a list of activities or events in chronological order. Timeline is typically a graphic representation, showing a long bar labelled with dates, title or description paralleling it. Here we will create timeline in React.

Create Timeline Component in React

const timelineData = [
    {
        text: 'Started React Tutorials',
        date: 'February 25 2022',
        category: {
            tag: 'react-tutorials',
            color: '#FFDB14'
        },
        link: {
            url: 'https://readymadecode.com/',
            text: 'View'
        }
    },
    {
        text: 'Started Laravel Tutorials',
        date: 'March 04 2022',
        category: {
            tag: 'laravel-tutorials',
            color: '#e17b77'
        },
        link: {
            url: 'https://readymadecode.com/',
            text: 'View'
        }
    },
    {
        text: 'MongoDB Tutorials',
        date: 'March 07 2022',
        category: {
            tag: 'mongodb-tutorials',
            color: '#1DA1F2'
        },
        link: {
            url: 'https://readymadecode.com',
            text: 'View'
        }
    }
];

const TimelineItem = ({ data }) => (
    <div className="timeline-item">
        <div className="timeline-item-content">
            <span className="tag" style={{ background: data.category.color }}>
                {data.category.tag}
            </span>
            <time>{data.date}</time>
            <p>{data.text}</p>
            {data.link && (
                <a
                    href={data.link.url}
                    target="_blank"
                    rel="noopener noreferrer"
                >
                    {data.link.text}
                </a>
            )}
            <span className="circle" />
        </div>
    </div>
);

const Timeline = () =>
    timelineData.length > 0 && (
        <div className="timeline-container">
            {timelineData.map((data, idx) => (
                <TimelineItem data={data} key={idx} />
            ))}
        </div>
    );
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React Timeline Component CSS


.timeline-container {
    display: flex;
    flex-direction: column;
    position: relative;
    margin: 40px 0;
}

.timeline-container::after {
    background-color: #e17b77;
    content: '';
    position: absolute;
    left: calc(50% - 2px);
    width: 4px;
    height: 100%;
}

.timeline-item {
    display: flex;
    justify-content: flex-end;
    padding-right: 30px;
    position: relative;
    margin: 10px 0;
    width: 50%;
}

.timeline-item:nth-child(odd) {
    align-self: flex-end;
    justify-content: flex-start;
    padding-left: 30px;
    padding-right: 0;
}

.timeline-item-content {
    box-shadow: 0 0 5px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.3);
    border-radius: 5px;
    background-color: #fff;
    display: flex;
    flex-direction: column;
    align-items: flex-end;
    padding: 15px;
    position: relative;
    width: 400px;
    max-width: 70%;
    text-align: right;
}

.timeline-item-content::after {
    content: ' ';
    background-color: #fff;
    box-shadow: 1px -1px 1px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2);
    position: absolute;
    right: -7.5px;
    top: calc(50% - 7.5px);
    transform: rotate(45deg);
    width: 15px;
    height: 15px;
}

.timeline-item:nth-child(odd) .timeline-item-content {
    text-align: left;
    align-items: flex-start;
}

.timeline-item:nth-child(odd) .timeline-item-content::after {
    right: auto;
    left: -7.5px;
    box-shadow: -1px 1px 1px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2);
}

.timeline-item-content .tag {
    color: #fff;
    font-size: 12px;
    font-weight: bold;
    top: 5px;
    left: 5px;
    letter-spacing: 1px;
    padding: 5px;
    position: absolute;
    text-transform: uppercase;
}

.timeline-item:nth-child(odd) .timeline-item-content .tag {
    left: auto;
    right: 5px;
}

.timeline-item-content time {
    color: #777;
    font-size: 12px;
    font-weight: bold;
}

.timeline-item-content p {
    font-size: 16px;
    line-height: 24px;
    margin: 15px 0;
    max-width: 250px;
}

.timeline-item-content a {
    color: #333;
    text-decoration: none;
    font-size: 14px;
    font-weight: bold;
}

.timeline-item-content a::after {
    content: ' ►';
    font-size: 12px;
}

.timeline-item-content .circle {
    background-color: #fff;
    border: 3px solid #e17b77;
    border-radius: 50%;
    position: absolute;
    top: calc(50% - 10px);
    right: -40px;
    width: 20px;
    height: 20px;
    z-index: 100;
}

.timeline-item:nth-child(odd) .timeline-item-content .circle {
    right: auto;
    left: -40px;
}

@media only screen and (max-width: 1023px) {
    .timeline-item-content {
        max-width: 100%;
    }
}

@media only screen and (max-width: 767px) {
    .timeline-item-content,
    .timeline-item:nth-child(odd) .timeline-item-content {
        padding: 15px 10px;
        text-align: center;
        align-items: center;
    }

    .timeline-item-content .tag {
        width: calc(100% - 10px);
        text-align: center;
    }

    .timeline-item-content time {
        margin-top: 20px;
    }

    .timeline-item-content a {
        text-decoration: underline;
    }

    .timeline-item-content a::after {
        display: none;
    }
}
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Now, we have an <Timeline /> component we can use this in our functional or class components. For example we are using this in our App Component.

const App = () => <>
    <h1>React Timeline</h1>
    <Timeline />
</>;

ReactDOM.render(<App />, document.getElementById('app'));
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