Programmatically Navigate Using React Router and Hooks

Nick Scialli May 23, 2020🚀 1 minute read

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If you’re using React Router 5.1.0 or later and React 16.8.0 or later, you can now programmatically navigate with ease using the useHistory hook!

Let’s look at a quick example. Say you want to navigate somewhere on a button click. Previously, you might have had to pass the history object down your React component tree. With the new useHistory hook, you no longer need to do that!

import { useHistory } from 'react-router-dom';

function MyComponent() {
  const history = useHistory();

  function goToLogin() {

  return (
    <button type="button" onClick={goToLogin}>

And there you have it! We’ve retrieved our history object using a hook inside our function component. We can now use the push method on history to navigate the user somewhere!

Nick Scialli is a software engineer at the U.S. Digital Service.