React – forceUpdate on a functional component (re-render)

Sometimes you need to force react to update a functional component.

But, how to do this?

Class components:

We just need to update the current state:

this.setState({ state: this.state });

React has a function to do this without explicitly set state to the same state:


Functional components:

The forceUpdate method is not available when you are using functional components, so, how to do this?

This could be as simple as:

const [remountCount, setRemountCount] = useState(0);
const refresh = () => setRemountCount(remountCount + 1);

You just need to call refresh method to re-render the react component.

How to turn this into a readable react hook?

Solution from:

Create a new hook called useForceUpdate:

import React, { useState } from 'react';

//create your forceUpdate hook
function useForceUpdate(){
    const [value, setValue] = useState(0); // integer state
    return () => setValue(value => ++value); // update the state to force render

And then call it from your component:

import React, { useState } from 'react';
import { useForceUpdate } from '../hooks';

function MyComponent() {
    // use your hook here
    const forceUpdate = useForceUpdate();

    return (
            {/*Clicking on the button will force to re-render like force update does */}
            <button onClick={forceUpdate}>
                Click to re-render

Thank you guys!

I’ll try to write more articles.

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