🏎 downshift 2.0.0 released 🎉

June 15th, 2018 — 4 min read

by Philip Veater
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Even better accessibility, React Native and ReasonReact support, even simpler API, improved docs, new examples site, Flow and TypeScript support, and a new online community ⚛️

I'm excited to let the world know that downshift 2.0.0 has been released! So I'm going to do it now:

Hey world! downshift 2.0.0 has been released!

Woo! So what do you have to look forward to? Let's dive in! (If you haven't heard of downshift, consider reading the original release post).

Improved Accessibility (#a11y)

Lead primarily by Michael Ball (with helpful reviews from several others), we received a number of improvements to the accessibility features baked-into downshift. He also added a new getMenuProps prop getter (which was also instrumental in fixing a bug with React Portals). This allows us to add some aria- attributes to the menu you render that will help assistive technologies use your enhanced input components! Woo! I've also updated many of the examples to use more semantically correct elements.

React Native Support

We've actually had this for a while in 1.x, but I wanted to include this in the blog post because there was never really an official announcement and I think that this is great! This is largely thanks to work by Eli Perkins! They've already shipped downshift to production in their iOS app:

Screenshot of downshift code in React Native from Eli

ReasonReact Support

We've actually had this for a while too, but I want to call it out especially. Thanks to Nicola Molinari there are official Reason bindings for downshift. So you can build UIs for any platform you can imagine with downshift and ReasonML. Soooo cool!

Simpler API

It's generally a good idea to avoid APIs which allow two ways to do the same thing. It's just another thing to list in docs, and you have to help people understand what the differences are (if there are any).

Up until downshift 2.0.0, we had two props that could be used for your render prop: render and children. Then React released the official context API which uses render props and they called it children. In an effort to develop consistency throughout the ecosystem, we've dropped the prop called render and now only support children.

Improved Docs

After downshift was out for a while, I started to realize that folks missed out on some of the more useful and necessary props (like itemToString). I blame myself for this and recently reorganized the docs to make more relevant information more apparent.

New Examples Site

It's just getting started (so there are only a few examples), but it's here and ready for contributions!

Find it and contribute (right in the browser!) on codesandbox!

The codesandbox for the examples site

Improved TypeScript Support

A great effort lead primarily by @stereobooster has lead to improved TypeScript definitions for downshift. Even if you don't use TypeScript, you'll benefit from these typings as they will help ensure we don't publish breaking changes unknowingly and if you use VSCode you'll benefit from these typings with the built-in Intellisense!

Support for Flow!

Another awesome contribution by @stereobooster. We're now generating flow type definitions from the TypeScript definitions, so if you're on the Flow train, you'll get more type-safety when working with downshift!

We're on spectrum!


Yeehaw! Join us there to talk about the present and future of downshift and get help/help others.


This release and these amazing features would not be possible without help from all our open source contributors. I'd like to especially thank these awesome people:

@stereobooster, @franklixuefei, @dovidweisz, @Antontelesh, @tansongyang, @Andarist, @cycomachead, @mperrotti, @SiTaggart, and @1Copenut

Thank you!

See the release notes for more info on this release

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