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You can get access to the history object's properties and the closest <Route>'s match via the withRouter higher-order component. withRouter will pass updated match, location, and history props to the wrapped component whenever it renders.

import React from "react";
import PropTypes from "prop-types";
import { withRouter } from "react-router";

// A simple component that shows the pathname of the current location
class ShowTheLocation extends React.Component {
  static propTypes = {
    match: PropTypes.object.isRequired,
    location: PropTypes.object.isRequired,
    history: PropTypes.object.isRequired

  render() {
    const { match, location, history } = this.props;

    return <div>You are now at {location.pathname}</div>;

// Create a new component that is "connected" (to borrow redux
// terminology) to the router.
const ShowTheLocationWithRouter = withRouter(ShowTheLocation);

Important Note

withRouter does not subscribe to location changes like React Redux's connect does for state changes. Instead, re-renders after location changes propagate out from the <Router> component. This means that withRouter does not re-render on route transitions unless its parent component re-renders. If you are using withRouter to prevent updates from being blocked by shouldComponentUpdate, it is important that withRouter wraps the component that implements shouldComponentUpdate. For example, when using Redux:

// This gets around shouldComponentUpdate
// or

// This does not
// nor

See this guide for more information.

Static Methods and Properties

All non-react specific static methods and properties of the wrapped component are automatically copied to the "connected" component.


The wrapped component is exposed as the static property WrappedComponent on the returned component, which can be used for testing the component in isolation, among other things.

// MyComponent.js
export default withRouter(MyComponent)

// MyComponent.test.js
import MyComponent from './MyComponent'
render(<MyComponent.WrappedComponent location={{...}} ... />)

wrappedComponentRef: func

A function that will be passed as the ref prop to the wrapped component.

class Container extends React.Component {
  componentDidMount() {

  render() {
    return <MyComponent wrappedComponentRef={c => (this.component = c)} />;