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A really common need is to get the current size of the browser window. This hook returns an object containing the window's width and height. If executed server-side (no window object) the value of width and height will be undefined.

import { useState, useEffect } from 'react';

// Usage
function App() {
  const size = useWindowSize();

  return (
      {size.width}px / {size.height}px

// Hook
function useWindowSize() {
  const isClient = typeof window === 'object';

  function getSize() {
    return {
      width: isClient ? window.innerWidth : undefined,
      height: isClient ? window.innerHeight : undefined

  const [windowSize, setWindowSize] = useState(getSize);

  useEffect(() => {
    if (!isClient) {
      return false;
    function handleResize() {

    window.addEventListener('resize', handleResize);
    return () => window.removeEventListener('resize', handleResize);
  }, []); // Empty array ensures that effect is only run on mount and unmount

  return windowSize;
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