React Swipe event handler hook

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React swipe event handler hook
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Use the hook and set your swipe(d) handlers.
const handlers = useSwipeable({
  onSwiped: (eventData) => console.log("User Swiped!", eventData),
return <div {...handlers}> You can swipe here </div>;

Spread handlers onto the element you wish to track swipes on.

Props / Config Options

Event handler props

  onSwiped,       // After any swipe   (SwipeEventData) => void
  onSwipedLeft,   // After LEFT swipe  (SwipeEventData) => void
  onSwipedRight,  // After RIGHT swipe (SwipeEventData) => void
  onSwipedUp,     // After UP swipe    (SwipeEventData) => void
  onSwipedDown,   // After DOWN swipe  (SwipeEventData) => void
  onSwipeStart,   // Start of swipe    (SwipeEventData) => void *see details*
  onSwiping,      // During swiping    (SwipeEventData) => void
  onTap,          // After a tap       ({ event }) => void

  // Pass through callbacks, event provided: ({ event }) => void
  onTouchStartOrOnMouseDown, // Called for `touchstart` and `mousedown`
  onTouchEndOrOnMouseUp,     // Called for `touchend` and `mouseup`


  • onSwipeStart - called only once per swipe at the start and before the first onSwiping callback
- The first property of the SwipeEventData will be true

Configuration props and default values

  delta: 10,                             // min distance(px) before a swipe starts. *See Notes*
  preventScrollOnSwipe: false,           // prevents scroll during swipe (*See Details*)
  trackTouch: true,                      // track touch input
  trackMouse: false,                     // track mouse input
  rotationAngle: 0,                      // set a rotation angle
  swipeDuration: Infinity,               // allowable duration of a swipe (ms). *See Notes*
  touchEventOptions: { passive: true },  // options for touch listeners (*See Details*)


delta can be either a number or an object specifying different deltas for each direction, left, right, up, down, direction values are optional and will default to 10;
  delta: { up: 20, down: 20 } // up and down ">= 20", left and right default to ">= 10"


A swipe lasting more than swipeDuration, in milliseconds, will not be considered a swipe.
  • It will also not trigger any callbacks and the swipe event will stop being tracked
  • Defaults to Infinity for backwards compatibility, a sensible duration could be something like 250
- Feature mimicked from use-gesture swipe.duration
  swipeDuration: 250 // only swipes under 250ms will trigger callbacks


Allows the user to set the options for the touch event listeners( currently only passive option ). - touchstart, touchmove, and touchend event listeners - Defaults to { passive: true } - this provides users full control of if/when they want to set passive
- preventScrollOnSwipe option supersedes touchEventOptions.passive for touchmove event listener
- See `preventScrollOnSwipe` for [more details](#preventscrollonswipe-details)

Swipe Event Data

All Event Handlers are called with the below event data, SwipeEventData.
  event,          // source event
  initial,        // initial swipe [x,y]
  first,          // true for the first event of a tracked swipe
  deltaX,         // x offset (current.x - initial.x)
  deltaY,         // y offset (current.y - initial.y)
  absX,           // absolute deltaX
  absY,           // absolute deltaY
  velocity,       // √(absX^2 + absY^2) / time - "absolute velocity" (speed)
  vxvy,           // [ deltaX/time, deltaY/time] - velocity per axis
  dir,            // direction of swipe (Left|Right|Up|Down)

None of the props/config options are required.

Hook details

  • Hook use requires react >= 16.8.3
  • The props contained in handlers are currently ref and onMouseDown
- Please spread handlers as the props contained in it could change as react changes event listening capabilities

preventScrollOnSwipe details

This prop prevents scroll during swipe in most cases. Use this to stop scrolling in the browser while a user swipes.
Swipeable will call e.preventDefault() internally in an attempt to stop the browser's touchmove event default action (mostly scrolling).
NOTE: preventScrollOnSwipe option supersedes touchEventOptions.passive for the touchmove event listener
Example scenario:
If a user is swiping right with props { onSwipedRight: userSwipedRight, preventScrollOnSwipe: true } then e.preventDefault() will be called, but if the user was swiping left then e.preventDefault() would not be called.

e.preventDefault() is only called when: - preventScrollOnSwipe: true - trackTouch: true - the users current swipe has an associated onSwiping or onSwiped handler/prop
Please experiment with the example app to test preventScrollOnSwipe.

passive listener details

Swipeable adds the passive event listener option, by default, to internal uses of touch addEventListener's. We set the passive option to false only when preventScrollOnSwipe is true and only to touchmove. Other listeners will retain passive: true.
When preventScrollOnSwipe is: - true => el.addEventListener('touchmove', cb, { passive: false }) - false => el.addEventListener('touchmove', cb, { passive: true })
Here is more information on react's long running passive event issue.
We previously had issues with chrome lighthouse performance deducting points for not having passive option set so it is now on by default except in the case mentioned above.
If, however, you really need all of the listeners to be passive (for performance reasons or otherwise), you can prevent all scrolling on the swipeable container by using the touch-action css property instead, see below for an example.

Version 7 Updates and migration

If upgrading from v6 refer to the release notes and the migration doc.


How can I add a swipe listener to the document?

Example by @merrywhether #180
Example codesandbox with swipeable on document and nested swipe
const { ref } = useSwipeable({
}) as { ref: RefCallback<Document> };

useEffect(() => {
  // Clean up swipeable event listeners
  return () => ref({});
Note: Issues can arise if you forget to clean up listeners - #332

How to share ref from useSwipeable?

Example ref passthrough, more details #189:
const MyComponent = () => {
  const handlers = useSwipeable({ onSwiped: () => console.log('swiped') })

  // setup ref for your usage
  const myRef = React.useRef();

  const refPassthrough = (el) => {
    // call useSwipeable ref prop with el

    // set myRef el so you can access it yourself
    myRef.current = el;

  return (<div {...handlers} ref={refPassthrough} />

How to use touch-action to prevent scrolling?

Sometimes you don't want the body of your page to scroll along with the user manipulating or swiping an item. Or you might want all of the internal event listeners to be passive and performant.
You can prevent scrolling via preventScrollOnSwipe
, which calls event.preventDefault() during onTouchMove. But there may be a simpler, more effective solution, which has to do with a simple CSS property.
touch-action is a CSS property that sets how an element's region can be manipulated by a touchscreen user. See the documentation for touch-action to determine which property value to use for your particular use case.

Static example

const handlers = useSwipeable({
  onSwiped: (eventData) => console.log("User Swiped!", eventData),

return <div {...handlers} style={{ touchAction: 'pan-y' }}>Swipe here</div>;
This explanation and example borrowed from use-gesture's wonderful docs.

Dynamic example

const MySwipeableComponent = props => {
  const [stopScroll, setStopScroll] = useState(false);

  const handlers = useSwipeable({
    onSwipeStart: () => setStopScroll(true),
    onSwiped: () => setStopScroll(false)

  return <div {...handlers} style={{ touchAction: stopScroll ? 'none' : 'auto' }}>Swipe here</div>;

This is a somewhat contrived example as the final outcome would be similar to the static example. However, there may be cases where you want to determine when the user can scroll based on the user's swiping action along with any number of variables from state and props.




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Maintenance Status

Active: Formidable is actively working on this project, and we expect to continue for work for the foreseeable future. Bug reports, feature requests and pull requests are welcome.