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How to fadeout elements in ReactJS

Getting Started

As we embark on our journey to learn how to fadeout elements in ReactJS, it's important to remember that learning any new skill, especially programming, can be challenging but also rewarding. In this blog, we will demystify the process of fading out elements in ReactJS and hopefully, by the end, you'll be able to apply this knowledge in your own projects.

Understanding Elements in ReactJS

Before we can start fading out elements, we need to know what they are. In ReactJS, we create elements to tell what we want to see on the screen. An element can be a simple text message, an image, or even a complex component like a form or a table.

How to Create an Element

Let's start by creating a simple element. We will create a div with a message 'Hello, World!'. Here is how we do it:

const element = <div>Hello, World!</div>;

Now, we have an element that we can fade out. But how do we do that?

React Transitions: FadeOut

To fade out elements in ReactJS, we typically use a library called react-transition-group. This library provides a way to manage and animate transitions for React components that are entering or leaving the DOM.

Install the library using npm:

npm install react-transition-group

Afterwards, we should import the Transition component from react-transition-group at the top of our file:

import { Transition } from 'react-transition-group';

Implementing the FadeOut

Now, let's implement a fade-out transition on our 'Hello, World!' element. To do this, we will wrap our element with the Transition component from the react-transition-group library.

<Transition in={false} timeout={1000}>
  {state => <div>Hello, World!</div>}

The in prop tells the Transition component whether the child component is in the DOM or not. If in is false, the component will start the 'exiting' state.

The timeout prop is used to set the duration of the transition in milliseconds. In our case, the transition will last for 1000 milliseconds, or 1 second.

The Transition component uses a function as its child, which takes the current transition state and returns a React element. The transition state can be one of the following: 'entering', 'entered', 'exiting', or 'exited'.

Adding Styles to the Transition

At this point, if you run the code, you won't see any visual changes on the screen. That's because we haven't defined what should happen when the component is exiting. To do that, we need to add styles to our element based on the transition state.

Here is how we do it:

<Transition in={false} timeout={1000}>
  {state => {
    let style = {
      transition: 'opacity 1s ease-out',
      opacity: 1,

    if (state === 'exiting') {
      style.opacity = 0;

    return <div style={style}>Hello, World!</div>;

In this code, we define a style object with a transition property set to 'opacity 1s ease-out', which means the opacity of the element will change gradually over 1 second, and the change will slow down towards the end.

When the state is 'exiting', we set the opacity to 0, causing the element to fade out.


Just like a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat, you have now mastered the art of fading out elements in ReactJS. It may seem like a magic trick at first, but once you understand the process, it becomes a skill you can use in your projects.

Remember, programming is a journey. Along the way, you might encounter new libraries, syntax, and concepts that may seem daunting at first, but with practice and patience, you'll be able to navigate through them with ease. So, continue exploring, keep learning and before you know it, you'll be pulling off more impressive tricks than just fading out elements. Good luck on your coding adventure!