DOM like structure that renders to React
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Latest commit 99a1084 Nov 6, 2016 @Olical Bind drawFauxDOM, fixes #75

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DOM like data structure to be mutated by D3 et al, then rendered to React elements.

class SomeChart extends React.Component {
  render () {
    // Create your element.
    var el = ReactFauxDOM.createElement('div')

    // Change stuff using actual DOM functions.
    // Even perform CSS selections!'color', 'red')
    el.setAttribute('class', 'box')

    // Render it to React elements.
    return el.toReact()

// Yields: <div style='color: red;' class='box'></div>

There are also mixins available for convenience, giving you a clean API and animation support:

// Inside componentWillMount.
var faux = this.connectFauxDOM('div', 'chart')
this.animateFauxDOM(3500) // duration + margin

// Inside render.
return {this.state.chart};

ReactFauxDOM supports a wide range of DOM operations and will fool most libraries but it isn't exhaustive (the full DOM API is ludicrously large). It supports enough to work with D3 but will require you to fork and add to the project if you encounter something that's missing.

You can think of this as a bare bones jsdom that's built to bridge the gap between the declarative React and the imperative JavaScript world. We just need to expand it as we go along since jsdom is a huge project that solves different problems.

I'm trying to keep it light so as not to slow down your render function. I want efficient, declarative and stateless code, but I don't want to throw away previous tools to get there.


You can install the package react-faux-dom from npm as you usually would. Then use webpack or browserify (etc) to bundle the source into your build. If you need a pre-built UMD version you can use unpkg.

You can find the latest version of the UMD version at


Complex usage with D3, ES6 modules and animations.

import React from 'react'
import * as d3 from 'd3'
import Faux from 'react-faux-dom'

const MyReactClass = React.createClass({
  mixins: [

  getInitialState () {
    return {
      chart: 'loading...'

  componentDidMount () {
    const faux = this.connectFauxDOM('div.renderedD3', 'chart')
      .html('Hello World!')


  render () {
    return (
        <h2>Here is some fancy data:</h2>
        <div className='renderedD3'>

export default MyReactClass

More usage info:


# Fetch the dependencies
make bootstrap

# Test
make test

# Test continually
make test-watch


Oliver Caldwell (@OliverCaldwell)


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