How to use JQuery with ReactJS

December 15, 2022 By sanxbot00

It is generally not recommended to use jQuery with React because they both manipulate the DOM in different ways. React uses a virtual DOM, which is a lightweight in-memory representation of the actual DOM. This allows React to update the DOM more efficiently, because it only has to update the parts of the DOM that have changed, rather than updating the entire DOM.

However, if you must use jQuery with React, you can still do so by using a ref to get a reference to the DOM element, and then calling jQuery methods on that element. Here is an example of how you might do this:

class MyComponent extends React.Component {
  componentDidMount() {
    // Get a reference to the DOM element
    const el = this.refs.myInput;

    // Use jQuery to apply the plugin to the element

  render() {
    return (
      <input type="text" ref="myInput" />

In this example, we get a reference to the DOM element using the ref attribute, and then we use jQuery to apply a tooltip plugin to the element.

However, as mentioned earlier, it is generally recommended to avoid using jQuery with React, and instead use React’s built-in features to manipulate the DOM. This will make your code more declarative and easier to reason about.