How to build a sidebar menu in react with react-burger-menu ?

Published : 14th May 2020 | by @faisaljebali

In this tutorial, we’ll build a simple sidebar for a website. Our first step will be to build our boilerplate webpage. To setup the app, I’m using create-react-app, but you can use anything you’re comfortable with.

First before start let us know what is react-burger-menu.

react-burger-menu is a library that allows us to easily create a sidebar for our React applications. It also comes with a multitude of effects and styles to customize the look and feel of our menu.

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Getting Started

First let’s install react-burger-menu

npm install react-burger-menu

Here is our root App component:

import React from "react"; import ReactDOM from "react-dom"; import "./styles.css"; import SideBar from "./sidebar"; function App() { return ( <div id="App"> <SideBar pageWrapId={"page-wrap"} outerContainerId={"App"} /> <div id="page-wrap"> <h1>Click to show menu</h1> </div> </div> ); } const rootElement = document.getElementById("root"); ReactDOM.render(<App />, rootElement);

Now we need to start building our sidebar component. For this we’re going to create page sidebar.js

import React from "react"; import { slide as Menu } from "react-burger-menu"; export default props => { return ( <Menu {...props}> <a className="menu-item" href="/"> Home </a> <a className="menu-item" href="/about"> About </a> <a className="menu-item" href="/services"> Services </a> <a className="menu-item" href="/contact"> Contact us </a> </Menu> ); };

Now let’s add a little bit of styling…

html, body { margin: 0; } #App { font-family: sans-serif; height: 100vh; } #page-wrap { text-align: center; overflow: auto; top: 45%; position: relative; } .bm-item { display: inline-block; /* Our sidebar item styling */ text-decoration: none; margin-bottom: 10px; color: #d1d1d1; transition: color 0.2s; } .bm-item:hover { color: white; } .bm-burger-button { position: fixed; width: 36px; height: 30px; right: 36px; top: 36px; } /* Color/shape of burger icon bars */ .bm-burger-bars { background: #373a47; } /* Position and sizing of clickable cross button */ .bm-cross-button { height: 24px; width: 24px; } /* Color/shape of close button cross */ .bm-cross { background: #bdc3c7; } /* General sidebar styles */ .bm-menu { background: #000; padding: 2.5em 1.5em 0; font-size: 1.15em; } /* Morph shape necessary with bubble or elastic */ .bm-morph-shape { fill: #373a47; } /* Wrapper for item list */ .bm-item-list { color: #b8b7ad; } /* Styling of overlay */ .bm-overlay { background: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.3); }

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Thanks for reading.


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