Create a Multi-finger Pull/Pinch Interface using React Spring

In this tutorial, we'll learn how to create a Multi-finger Pull/Pinch Interface (MFPPI) using React Spring. This interface will allow users to interact with applications using multi-finger gestures, such as pinching or pulling. The interface will feature a gooey and springy UI aesthetic, 3D transforms, and CSS/SVG filter effects.


Before starting this tutorial, make sure you have:

  • Basic knowledge of React and JavaScript
  • Familiarity with CSS/SVG filters and 3D transforms
  • Node.js and npm installed on your machine
  • A code editor, such as Visual Studio Code

Step 1: Setting up the project

First, create a new React project using the Create React App tool:

npx create-react-app multi-finger-pull-pinch-interface
cd multi-finger-pull-pinch-interface

Next, install the React Spring library:

npm install react-spring

Step 2: Implementing the main application container

Create a new file called AppContainer.js and import the necessary dependencies:

import React, { useState } from "react";
import { useSpring, animated } from "react-spring";

Now, create the AppContainer component with the initial state for the container's size and position:

const AppContainer = () => {
  const [size, setSize] = useState({ width: "100vw", height: "100vh" });
  const [position, setPosition] = useState({ x: 0, y: 0 });

  // ...

export default AppContainer;

Step 3: Adding gesture handling

We'll use the react-use-gesture library to handle multi-finger gestures. Install it using the following command:

npm install react-use-gesture

Import the library in AppContainer.js:

import { useGesture } from "react-use-gesture";

Now, create a bind function to handle the pinch and pull gestures:

// ...

const AppContainer = () => {
  // ...

  const bind = useGesture({
    onPinch: ({ offset: [d, a] }) => {
      setSize({ width: `${100 - d}px`, height: `${100 - d}px` });
    onDrag: ({ offset: [x, y] }) => {
      setPosition({ x, y });

  // ...

Step 4: Adding animations using React Spring

Create a springProps object to animate the container's size, position, and rotation:

// ...

const AppContainer = () => {
  // ...

  const springProps = useSpring({
    width: size.width,
    height: size.height,
    transform: `translate3d(${position.x}px, ${position.y}px, 0) rotate(${
      position.x / 10

  // ...

Step 5: Rendering the container

Render an animated.div element with the springProps and bind function:

// ...

const AppContainer = () => {
  // ...

  return (
        position: "absolute",
        background: "lightblue",
        borderRadius: "10px",
        display: "flex",
        justifyContent: "center",
        alignItems: "center",
        overflow: "hidden",
      <p>Your content here...</p>

export default AppContainer;

Step 6: Integrating the AppContainer component

Now that we have our AppContainer component ready, let's integrate it into our main App component. Update the App.js file:

import React from "react";
import "./App.css";
import AppContainer from "./AppContainer";

function App() {
  return (
    <div className="App">
      <AppContainer />

export default App;

Step 7: Testing the interface

Start your React development server:

npm start

Now you can test the multi-finger pull/pinch interface in your browser. You should be able to pinch and drag the container around the screen.


In this tutorial, we've created a Multi-finger Pull/Pinch Interface (MFPPI) using React Spring. This interface allows users to interact with applications using multi-finger gestures, such as pinching or pulling. You can now enhance this interface by adding more gesture-based functionalities, optimizing its performance, or customizing its appearance.

Feel free to experiment with different CSS and SVG filters, as well as 3D transforms, to create unique and engaging interfaces. Don't forget to consider accessibility, cross-browser compatibility, and user preferences when developing your projects. Good luck!