Carousel component for React


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A pure extendable React carousel, powered by Brainhub (craftsmen who ❤️ JS)

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There are some great carousels (like slick) that do not have real React implementations. This library provides you with carousel that is not merely a wrapper for some jQuery solution, can be used as controlled or uncontrolled element (similar to inputs), and has tons of useful features.



npm i @brainhubeu/react-carousel


npm i @types/brainhubeu__react-carousel -D


If you don't use any bundler like Webpack, you can add these scripts to your HTML file, body section:

<script crossorigin src="https://unpkg.com/react@16/umd/react.development.js"></script>
<script crossorigin src="https://unpkg.com/react-dom@16/umd/react-dom.development.js"></script>
<script crossorigin type="text/javascript" src="https://unpkg.com/@brainhubeu/react-carousel@1.10.62-cdn/lib/react-carousel.js"></script>

Make sure to use a version ending with -cdn.

Then, you can use the following global variables:

  • BrainhubeuReactCarousel
  • BrainhubeuReactCarouselDots
  • BrainhubeuReactCarouselItem
  • BrainhubeuReactCarouselWrapper


When using @brainhubeu/react-carousel with SSR (Server-side Rendering), we recommend Next.js as @brainhubeu/react-carousel currently doesn't work on the server side so it must be rendered on the client side (maybe we'll provide server-side working in the future).

import dynamic from 'next/dynamic';

const { default: Carousel, Dots } = dynamic(
 () => require('@brainhubeu/react-carousel'),
 { ssr: false },


By default, the component does not need anything except children to render a simple carousel. Remember that styles do not have to be imported every time you use carousel, you can do it once in an entry point of your bundle.

import React from 'react';
import Carousel from '@brainhubeu/react-carousel';
import '@brainhubeu/react-carousel/lib/style.css';

const MyCarousel = () => (
  <Carousel plugins={['arrows']}>
    <img src={imageOne} />
    <img src={imageTwo} />
    <img src={imageThree} />

export default MyCarousel;


Showing dots or thumbnails

There is a separate Dots component that can be used to fully control navigation dots or add thumbnails.

import Carousel, { Dots } from '@brainhubeu/react-carousel';
import '@brainhubeu/react-carousel/lib/style.css'; import { useState } from 'react';

const MyCarouselWithDots = () => {
  const [value, setValue] = useState(0);

  const onChange = value => {

  return (
        <img className="img-example" src={someImage} />
        <img className="img-example" src={anotherImage} />
          (<img key={1} className="img-example-small" src={abstractImage} />),
          (<img key={12} className="img-example-small" src={transportImage} />),

export default MyCarouselWithDots;



You can access a clickable demo with many examples and a live code editor by clicking on a Prop name.

Carousel props

Prop Type Default Description
value Number undefined Current slide's index (zero based, depends on the elements order)
onChange Function undefined Handler triggered when current slide is about to change (e.g. on arrow click or on swipe)
slides Array undefined Alternative way to pass slides. This prop expects an array of JSX elements
itemWidth Number undefined Determines custom width for every slide in the carousel
offset Number 0 Padding between items
animationSpeed Number 500 Determines transition duration in milliseconds
draggable Boolean true Makes it possible to drag to the next slide with mouse cursor
breakpoints Object undefined All props can be set to different values on different screen resolutions


You can extend react-carousel default behavior by applying plugins shipped within carousel or by creating and applying your own ones

Plugins documentation

Dots props

Prop Type Default Description
value Number slide position in the slides Array Current Carousel value
onChange Function undefined onChange callback (works the same way as onChange in Carousel component)
number Number Amount of slides Number of slides in the carousel you want to control
thumbnails Array of ReactElements undefined Array of thumbnails to show. If not provided, default dots will be shown
rtl Boolean false Indicating if the dots should have direction from Right to Left

Setting up local development which means running the docs/demo locally:

  • git clone https://github.com/brainhubeu/react-carousel
  • cd react-carousel
  • yarn
  • yarn start-demo
  • open http://localhost:8000/


Each test command should be run from the root directory.

Unit tests

yarn test:unit:coverage

E2E tests

yarn test:e2e


See the Workflow subsection in our docs


See the Labels subsection in our docs

Decision log

See the Decision log subsection in our docs


react-carousel is copyright © 2018-2020 Brainhub. It is free software and may be redistributed under the terms specified in the license.


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