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useEvent (v1 only)

v2 breaking change!

This hook was renamed to useEditorEvent

useEvent(event, handler);



A case-sensitive string representing the event type to listen to


A callback function that returns a boolean.

When an event of a type matching event is triggered, this function will be called.

Return value



This hook allows you to trigger behaviour based on events within the editor

The callback function given as the second parameter, should return a boolean indicating whether any other event handlers should be run.

const handleEvent = useCallback((event) => {
console.log('Event triggered', event);

// Prevent other event handlers being run
// return true;

// Allow other event handlers to run
return false;
}, []);

return true means no other event handlers for this type should be run.

This should be used with caution, as returning true could prevent expected standard browser behaviour.

return false means allow other event handlers for this type to be run.

const handleMouseDown = useCallback((event) => {
console.log('Mousedown event occured');

// Allow other mouse down event handlers to be run.
return false;
}, []);

useEvent('mousedown', handleMouseDown);

useEvent is syntax sugar, it is a specialised application of the useExtension hook.

({ addHandler }) => {
return addHandler(event, handler);
[event, handler],

You could create custom hooks and adopt this pattern for other handlers. For instance

function useMentionAtomClick(handler) {
({ addHandler }) => {
return addHandler('onClick', handler);


Remirror allows you to listen multiple event types within the editor. These can be used to trigger behaviour via an event handler.

Remirror supports the following events

blur, focus, mousedown, mouseup, mouseenter, mouseleave, textInput, keypress, keyup, keydown, click, clickMark, contextmenu, hover, scroll, copy, cut and paste.

Unless listed in the exceptions below, the event handlers have the signature.

(event) => boolean


click and clickMark have a second parameter, an object with helper methods to interrogate the source of the event.

const handleClick = useCallback((event, props) => {
const { pos, } = props;
console.log('Clicked pos', pos, 'rest', rest);

return false;
}, []);

useEvent('click', handleClick);

textinput, has no associated event, and instead provides a from and to position, and the added text.

({ from, to, text }) => boolean


The following events will be standardized in a future release of Remirror.

Two outliers are the contextmenu and hover events, for historical reasons they return a helper object as both the first and second parameter. The first parameter only has an event property to expose the browser event.

This behaviour is standardized in Remirror v2, to return just the event object as the first argument, and the helper object as the second argument.

To ease your future migration path, use the pattern below - where we deconstruct event from the first argument, and use the second argument helper.

const handleHover = useCallback(({ event }, props) => {
const { getNode, hovering, } = props;
console.log('node', getNode(), 'is hovering', hovering, 'rest', rest);

return false;
}, []);

useEvent('hover', handleHover);

This means when migrating to v2, all you would need to do is to replace { event } with event, to migrate your code.