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react-router – pass props to handler component

I have the following structure for my React.js application using React Router:

var Dashboard = require('./Dashboard');
var Comments = require('./Comments');

var Index = React.createClass({
  render: function () {
    return (
        <div>
            <header>Some header</header>
            <RouteHandler />
        </div>
    );
  }
});

var routes = (
  <Route path="/" handler={Index}>
    <Route path="comments" handler={Comments}/>
    <DefaultRoute handler={Dashboard}/>
  </Route>
);

ReactRouter.run(routes, function (Handler) {
  React.render(<Handler/>, document.body);
});

I want to pass some properties into the Comments component.

(normally I’d do this like <Comments myprop="value" />)

What’s the easiest and right way to do so with React Router?

Answer

UPDATE

Since new release, it’s possible to pass props directly via the Route component, without using a Wrapper. For example, by using render prop.

Component:

class Greeting extends React.Component {
  render() {
    const {text, match: {params}} = this.props;

    const {name} = params;

    return (
      <React.Fragment>
        <h1>Greeting page</h1>
        <p>
          {text} {name}
        </p>
      </React.Fragment>
    );
  }
}

Usage:

<Route path="/greeting/:name" render={(props) => <Greeting text="Hello, " {...props} />} />

Codesandbox Example


OLD VERSION

My preferred way is wrap the Comments component and pass the wrapper as a route handler.

This is your example with changes applied:

var Dashboard = require('./Dashboard');
var Comments = require('./Comments');

var CommentsWrapper = React.createClass({
  render: function () {
    return (
      <Comments myprop="myvalue"/>
    );
  }
});

var Index = React.createClass({
  render: function () {
    return (
      <div>
        <header>Some header</header>
        <RouteHandler/>
      </div>
    );
  }
});

var routes = (
  <Route path="/" handler={Index}>
    <Route path="comments" handler={CommentsWrapper}/>
    <DefaultRoute handler={Dashboard}/>
  </Route>
);

ReactRouter.run(routes, function (Handler) {
  React.render(<Handler/>, document.body);
});