import { animated, useSpring, useIsomorphicLayoutEffect } from '@react-spring/web'
const MyComponent = ({position}) => {
const [springs, api] = useSpring(() => {
y: 0,
x: 0,
}, [])
useIsomorphicLayoutEffect(() => {
from: {
x: 0,
y: 0,
to: {
x: position.x,
y: position.y,
return <animated.div style={springs} />

Why do we need this?

When we want to perform side-effects caused by rendering a component we need to use useEffect or useLayoutEffect. Now, the latter, useLayoutEffect in our opinion, is better for animations because it renders "before the browser has a chance to paint", therefore if you want to prepare a node e.g. a div for animation before actually animating it, it's probably better to ensure no paint happens, otherwise you might get a sort of UI tear where the item suddenly jumps to a new position.

Neither of the above effect hooks run on the server, however, useLayoutEffect causes react warnings when server-side rendering your pages (if you're using nextjs for example). So it encourages you to move the code to useEffect. However, as we described above this isn't best for animations.

What does it do?

This is where our useIsomorphicLayoutEffect utility hook comes in. By performing a simple (yet robust) check, the hook correctly returns useEffect for server-side environments and useLayoutEffect for client-side environments, thus the best of both worlds in this case.


The type signature will be identical to the signatures of useEffect and useLayoutEffect installed in your project, but just to save you time, it's here below:

function useIsomorphicLayoutEffect(effect: () => (void | () => void), deps?: ReadonlyArray<unknown>)