React Toast Component

I love toast notifications. Simple, unobtrusive, and useful. In this post I am going to show you how to create a simple toast component and implement it with React Hooks. If you just want to see the code, you can peruse the Code Sandbox.

If you don't know what I mean when I say "toast notification", click here to see an example. It is a message that pops up at the bottom of the window like toast popping out of the toaster.

The Toast Component

I split this into two components. There is the Toast, which is the visual element that handles it's fade in, fade out, and removal timing. That component is used inside a Toaster component (see what I did there) which handles the state of each toast message and supplies the function for removing a message to the Toast component. So lets dig in, here is the code for the toast component.

import React, { useEffect, useState } from "react";

const ToastComponent = ({ message, id, status, kill }) => {
  const [show, setShow] = useState(false);

  useEffect(() => {
    if (message) {
      setTimeout(() => {
        setTimeout(() => {
          setTimeout(() => {
            kill({ key: id, message });
          }, 500);
        }, 5000);
      }, 100);
  }, [message]);

  return (
      className={`toastMessage ${show && message ? "show" : "hide"} ${status}`}
      {message ? message : ""}

export default ToastComponent;

Pretty simple except for the unfortunately deep nesting of setTimeouts in the useEffect hook. I don't like it, and there is probably a better way to do it, but this works. This nest allows the animations to be ahndled by CSS. We create the element, then update the class to present the message, wait 5 seconds, chage the class to trigger the fade out transition, then call the kill function that is provided by the Toaster parent component to remove the message from the DOM.

The Toaster Component

There is quite a bit more going on here to handle state for the messages and make sure that we can handle multiple messages fired at different times from different sources and stay consistent.

import React, { useEffect, useReducer } from "react";
import ToastComponent from "./Toast";

const reducer = (state, action) => {
  switch (action.type) {
    case "toast":
      return [...state, action.value];
    case "kill":
      const index = state.findIndex((entry) => entry.key === action.value.key);
      const arr = [...state];
      arr.splice(index, 1);
      return arr;
      throw new Error();

function Toaster({ toastInput }) {
  const initialState = [];
  const [state, dispatch] = useReducer(reducer, initialState);

  useEffect(() => {
    if (toastInput?.message) toast(toastInput);
  }, [toastInput]);

  const toast = ({ message, status }) => {
      type: "toast",
      value: {
        message: message,
        status: status ? status : "success",
        key: Math.random().toString()

  const killToast = ({ key, message }) => {
      type: "kill",
      value: {
        key: key,
        message: message

  return (
    <div className="toastContainer">
      { => {
        return (

export default Toaster;

Style: CSS

There isn't a whole lot to the CSS. A simple transform rule gives us the pop up and drop down motion when the className is toggled.

.App {
  font-family: sans-serif;
  text-align: center;

.toastContainer {
  position: fixed;
  display: flex;
  flex-direction: column-reverse;
  bottom: 0;
  text-align: center;
  pointer-events: none;
  z-index: 99;
  width: 100%;

.toastContainer .toastMessage {
  opacity: 0.9;
  display: inline-block;
  margin: 0 auto 20px;
  background-color: rgb(44, 97, 44);
  color: #ffffff;
  border-radius: 15px;
  box-shadow: 0 0 5px #000000;
  padding: 10px 40px;
  transition: all 0.5s ease-out;
  font-size: 17px;

.toastContainer .toastMessage.error {
  background-color: red;

.toastContainer .toastMessage.hide {
  opacity: 0;
  transform: translateY(15px);

Implement the toast component

This is the kind of component you need to be able to access from several different components. So it makes sense to pass the toast function to a Context provider at the root level. I wanted it to be as easy as possible to create a toast notification, so I created a function that handles the state updates, and then I pass that function to the context.

import React, { useState, createContext } from "react";
import Toaster from "./Toast/Toaster";

export const ToastContext = createContext();

export default function App() {
  const [toastMessage, setMessage] = useState("");

  const toast = (message, status) => {
      message: message,
      status: status ? status : undefined

  return (
    <ToastContext.Provider value={{ toast }}>
      <div className="App">
      { your app code here }

React Toast Component Summary

If you need a feature rich component, then you will probably want to use an existing library like React Toastify. But if you want to add a simple solution to your app without importing extra dependencies, this will do the trick. This is basically what I am using on this site, but my site is in TypeScript, so if you need a TS example, you can look through the code on my GitHub repo.

You can see a working demo in this Code Sandbox


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