Create Auto-Resizeable Lists and Grid with the react-virtualized Library

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The react-virtualized package lets us display a virtualized list.

We can use it with the AutoSizer component to create a virtualized list that resizes the item.

In this article, we’ll look at how to create automatically resizeable lists and grids with the react-virtualized library.


To install it, we run:

npm i react-virtualized


We can use the AutoSizer component to add the auto-resizable list.

For example, we can write:

import React from "react";
import { AutoSizer, List } from "react-virtualized";
import "react-virtualized/styles.css";

const list = Array(1000)
  .map((_, i) => i);

function rowRenderer({ key, index, style }) {
  return (
    <div key={key} style={style}>

export default function App() {
  return (
    <div style={{ height: "100vh" }}>
        {({ height, width }) => (

We create a list with the AutoSizer component with a render prop inside it.

We get the height and width from the parameter and then pass that into the List component’s height component to set the width and height of the list.

We set the rowHeight prop to set the row height of each entry.

rowRendered has a function which has the key , index and style properties from the parameter and we use that to render the entry.

index has the index of the entry.

key has the unique key of the row.

Now when we resize the screen, we see the list resize with the screen.


We can add a grid with react-virtualize’s Grid component.

For instance, we can write:

import React from "react";
import "react-virtualized/styles.css";
import { Grid } from "react-virtualized";

let list = [];
let inner = [];
let width = 500;
let height = 100;
let xCoord = 0;
let yCoord = 0;

for (let i = 0; i < 1000; i++) {
  do {
    xCoord = Math.floor(Math.random() * width);
    yCoord = Math.floor(Math.random() * height);
  } while ((xCoord <= 0) | (yCoord <= 0));

if (xCoord > 0 && yCoord > 0) {

inner = [];

function cellRenderer({ columnIndex, key, rowIndex, style }) {
  return (
    <div key={key} style={style}>
export default function App() {
  return (

We have the data in the list nested array.

The cellRenderer component lets us render the nested array into the grid.

We also set the columnCount to the length of the first nested array.

And we set the columnWidth to set the column width.

The height is the height of the grid.

rowCount has the row count.

rowHeight has the row height.

width has the grid width.

Then we see the nested list rendered on the screen.


We can create an auto-resizable list and grids with the react-virtualized library.

By John Au-Yeung

Web developer specializing in React, Vue, and front end development.

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