Create Awesome Toasts With react-toastify

Create Awesome Toasts With react-toastify

Awesome pop-ups (toasts) with just a few lines of code

Blake Yeboah
ยทMar 1, 2022ยท

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Table of contents

  • What Are Toasts?
  • Where does react-toastify fit in?
  • Installation
  • Your First Toast
  • Take Away

๐Ÿ‘‹ Hey All,

In this article, I'm going to show you how to create really simple and cool toasts using the react-toastify package.

Lets get right into it!


What Are Toasts?

Firstly, lets clarify what exactly is a 'toast':

A toast is a little pop-up that can positioned anywhere on the screen that shows a text message to the user. For example, toasts can be used for error messages, success messages or even notifications.

A toast may look like this:

Example Toast


Where does react-toastify fit in?

react-toastify is a cool package I came across recently that lets you easily implements customizable toasts into your react applications. With just two lines of code, you can get a working, responsive toast that can be customized.

After reading this article, you can check out their full documentation here to see everything you can build with react-toastify.


Installation

To install react-toastify, simply run:

npm install --save react-toastify

or with yarn:

yarn add react-toastify


Your First Toast

To create your first toast, import the ToastContainer component and toast function:

import { ToastContainer, toast } from "react-toastify"

You also need to import their CSS file:

Regular Version

import 'react-toastify/dist/ReactToastify.css';

Minified version

import 'react-toastify/dist/ReactToastify.min.css';

Finally, you can place the <ToastContainer /> component anywhere in your JSX and call the toast('Message to be shown') function to show the toast.

For example:

  import React from 'react';
  import { ToastContainer, toast } from 'react-toastify';

  import 'react-toastify/dist/ReactToastify.css';

  const App = () => {
    const handleClick = () => {
        toast("This Is A Toast!");
    }

    return (
      <div>
        <button onClick={handleClick}>Show Toast</button>
        <ToastContainer />
      </div>
    );
  }

Pretty cool right? What makes this package even better is that you can customize the toast by passing certain optional props to the ToastContainer component.

Some options include:

  • position: which controls where the toast is positioned. Possible values include: top-left, top-right, top-center, bottom-left, bottom-right, and bottom-center.

  • autoClose: which controls how many milliseconds until the toast automatically closes. E.g autoClose={5000} for it to last 5 seconds.

  • closesOnClick: which controls whether the toast will close when its clicked on. It's value is a boolean of either true or false.

  • theme: which controls the theme of the toast. This can be either light, dark or colored.

  • More options in react-toastify's documentation: docs

Additionally, there are 5 different types of toasts you can use including: info, success, warning, error and default. These just change the color of the toast as well as the icon displayed.

Different types in action:

Info

toast.info("Wow so easy !")

Info Toast

Success

toast.success("Wow so easy !")

Success Toast

Warning

toast.warn("Wow so easy !")

Warning Toast

Error

toast.error("Wow so easy !")

Error Toast

Default

toast("Wow so easy !")

Default Toast

Note: Changing the theme option will change the appearance from these images


Take Away

In This article, you have learned how to implements toasts in your react applications with the react-toastify library. This can be used in a wide range of scenarios such as displaying error messages and presenting warnings to a user. Recently, I used this package in a cool social network project for the Netlify X Hashnode hackathon: check it out here if interested.

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