posed is used to create animated and interactive components that you can reuse throughout your React site.


import posed from 'react-pose'


Create a posed component

posed can be used to create posed components in two ways:

  • Recommended: Create HTML & SVG elements (eg posed.div)
  • Advanced: Convert existing components (eg posed(Component))

HTML & SVG elements

pose isn’t called directly, instead we pass a pose config object to posed.div, posed.button etc. Every HTML and SVG element is supported:

const DraggableCircle = posed.circle({
  draggable: 'x',
  dragBounds: { left: 0, right: 100 }

export default ({ radius }) => <DraggableCircle r={radius} />

Existing components

Existing components can be converted to posed components by calling posed directly:

const PosedComponent = posed(MyComponent)(poseProps)

For performance and layout calculations, React Pose requires a reference to the underlying DOM element. So, the component to be animated must pass forward a ref using the React.forwardRef function:

const MyComponent = forwardRef((props, ref) => (
  <div ref={ref} {...props} />

const PosedComponent = posed(MyComponent)({
  draggable: true

export default () => <PosedComponent pose={isOpen ? 'open' : 'closed'} />

Many CSS-in-JS libraries like Styled Components will automatically do this for you.

For FLIP support in a PoseGroup component, it optionally needs to pass on the style prop:

const MyComponent = forwardRef(({ style }, ref) => (
  <div ref={ref} style={style} />

Set a pose

Poses can be set via the pose property. This can either be a string, or an array of strings to reference multiple poses:

const Sidebar = posed.nav({
  open: { x: '0%' },
  closed: { x: '-100%' }

export default ({ isOpen }) => <Sidebar pose={isOpen ? 'open' : 'closed'} />


Using a posed component creates a new tree of posed components. Any children that are also posed components are automatically added to this tree.

This means that orchestrating animations through React trees becomes trivial, as a pose only has to be set on a parent. Any children with that pose defined will also animate:

const Sidebar = posed.nav({
  open: { x: '0%', staggerChildren: 100 },
  closed: { x: '-100%' }

const NavItem = posed.li({
  open: { opacity: 1 },
  closed: { opacity: 0 }

export default ({ isOpen, navItems }) => (
  <Sidebar pose={isOpen ? 'open' : 'closed'}>
      {navItems.map(({ url, name }) => (
          <a href={url}>{name}</a>

In tandem with the PoseGroup component, this capability can be used to orchestrate sophisticated enter and exit animations.

This behaviour can be overridden by passing newTree to a posed component, which will ignore any parent posed components and create a new tree.


Posed components are normal components, so they can be used with any CSS styling solution. For instance:

Styled Components

const sidebarProps = {
  open: { x: '0%' },
  closed: { x: '-100%' }

const Sidebar = styled(posed.nav(sidebarProps))`


() => <Sidebar pose="closed" className="my-class" />



pose?: string | string[]

The name or names of the current pose.


initialPose?: string | string[]

The name of one or more poses to set to before the component mounts. Once the component mounts, it will transition from this pose into pose.


poseKey?: string | number

If poseKey changes, it’ll force the posed component to transition to the current pose, even if it hasn’t changed.

This won’t be required for the majority of use-cases. But we might have something like a paginated where we pass the x offset to the component but the pose itself doesn’t change:

const Slider = posed.div({
  nextItem: {
    x: ({ target }) => target

({ target }) => <Slider pose="nextItem" poseKey={target} target={target} />


withParent?: boolean = true

If set to false, this component won’t subscribe to its parent posed component and create root for any further child components.


onPoseComplete?: Function

A callback that fires whenever a pose has finished transitioning.


onValueChange?: { [key: string]: any }

onValueChange is a map of functions, each corresponding to a value being animated by the posed component and will fire when that value changes.


onDragStart/onDragEnd: (e: Event) => void

Callbacks that fire when dragging starts or ends. Note: These props are immutable and can’t be changed after mounting.


onPressStart/onPressEnd: (e: Event) => void

Callbacks that fire when pressing starts or ends. Note: These props are immutable and can’t be changed after mounting.


ref?: RefObject | (ref: Element) => void

An optional ref property. If a function, will call with the posed DOM element when it mounts, and null when it unmounts.

Alternatively, it can be passed a ref object (created from React.createRef).


values?: { [key: string]: Value }

Normally, Pose generates Popmotion value for each animating property. It then passes these down to any posed children so passive values can link to them.

Novel hierarchies, where the posed tree and the React component tree diverge, can be achieved by creating your own values map, and passing that to a single posed component.

This same map can then be passed to multiple other posed component’s parentValues property in order to establish a parent-children relationship even between sibling components.


...props: { [key: string]: any }

When a new pose is entered, any remaining props set on a component will be used to resolve that pose’s dynamic props:

const Component = posed.div({
  visible: { opacity: 1, y: 0 },
  hidden: {
    opacity: 0,
    y: ({ i }) => i * 50

// Later
({ isVisibile, i }) => (
  <Component pose={isVisible ? 'visible' : 'hidden'} i={i} />