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A Tooltip is used to display text as either a label, description or supplementary information. Content contained within a Tooltip should be contextual, useful and nonessential. Because a Tooltip is hidden from the immediate view of the user, it should only be used as a last resort—often when there is not enough space to display the relevant information otherwise.


npm install @nib/tooltip


The tooltip component utilises the render-prop pattern.

import Tooltip from '@nib/tooltip';
<Tooltip id="foo" mode="dark" placement="bottom" tooltipContents={<Copy>Lorem ipsum dolor</Copy>}>
{({triggerProps}) => (
<Inline space={4} align="center">
<div aria-label="Help" {...triggerProps}>
<InfoSystemIcon />

Interactive demo

Hover over the Info icon below to display the tooltip.


Note: GreyBox is not a tooltip component, it is purely for demonstration purposes.


id (required)stringThe id of the tooltip
tooltipContents (required)nodeThe element to be rendered within the tooltip. Can be multiple nested components, but must not include anything interactive.
children (required)functionThe orientation of the tooltip tail top or bottom.
modestringdarkThe mode of the tooltip which determines the tooltip colour. Must be either light or dark.
placementstringbottomWhether to place the tooltip above or below the trigger. If the viewport edge impacts this preference, the opposite may be used.


Never hide vital content in a Tooltip.


Content within the tooltip should be kept short. Tooltip content should contain brief read-only text and should be set in sentence case. Multiple text elements can be included, but the tooltip should not include any interactive elements. If interaction is needed, consider using our Modal component.


A Tooltip requires a trigger element for the user to interact with. Trigger elements can be anything but should preference using either the Icon or Link components.

On desktop, a Tooltip can be interacted with via hover and focus events. On mobile devices tap is the default interaction.


There are two available Tooltip modes: light and dark. The default Tooltip is dark and should be used on background colors that provide sufficent contrast such as Mesh's colors white or lightest . Use the light tooltip when the background provides a darker contrast, where colors such as Mesh's darkest or black are used or where the tooltip may overlay an image.