How I Use React Fragment

Published 2020-05-15

This post summarizes why and when I use React Fragment.

Why I use React Fragment?

React Fragment allows me to create lesser div which means lesser nested hierarchy in my DOM.

By using React Fragment properly, you definitely optimized your DOM. Personally, I discovered React Fragment's purpose is similar to ng-container in Angular. You can read more about ng-container at here.

When I use it?

Normally I always started with a div in a component 1st. When I completely organized my UI layout in my component, I will evaluate whether the div is required or I can replace it with Fragment.

The below code snippet comes from my blog.

import React from "react"; import NavBar from '../components/NavBar'; import PostListItem from '../components/PostListItem'; import { graphql } from 'gatsby'; import Seo from '../components/Seo'; export default ({ data }) => ( <React.Fragment> <NavBar /> <Seo /> </React.Fragment> ); // React Fragment Shorthand export default ({ data }) => ( <> <NavBar /> <Seo /> </> );

There are 2 ways on how you can implement React Fragment in your JSX. You can either use <React.Fragment>, the conventional way or <>, which is the shorthand way.

Most of the code I saw thus far, they're using the shorthand way.

From the code above, I evaluated that I don't need to have another div to wrap my Navbar and etc since I don't need to do any styling or layout organization.