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How to use React components in Astro

July 7, 2021 by @benborgers

In Astro, you can have some components that are in React while the rest of your site is in Astro's own templating language (or Vue, Svelte, etc).

First create your component, with a filename such as src/components/Counter.jsx. In there, write a standard React component:

import React from 'react'

export default function Counter() {
    return (
        <div>Hello, world!</div>
    )
}

Next up, in your astro.config.mjs file add the React renderer (in addition to whatever else is already in this configuration file)

export default {
    renderers: ['@astrojs/renderer-react']
}

Now, you can import and use the React component in any .astro page:

---
import Counter from '../components/Counter.jsx'
---

<Counter client:load />

Where the client:load option is specified in the code above, there are four options:

  • <Counter client:load /> renders the component on page load.
  • <Counter client:idle /> renders the component as soon as the browser has some free time.
  • <Counter client:visible /> renders the component only once it is scrolled into view.
  • <Counter /> (with no option specified) renders an HTML-only version of the component, so any click handlers or state won't work.

A quick favor: was anything I wrote incorrect or misspelled, or do you still have questions? Please use this form to let me know or ask for help!

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