A simple way to safely do string replacement with React components
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React String Replace

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A simple way to safely do string replacement with React components

Aka turn a string into an array of React components


$ npm install --save react-string-replace


Simple Example

const reactStringReplace = require('react-string-replace')
reactStringReplace('whats your name', 'your', (match, i) => (
// => [ 'whats ', <span>your</span>, ' name' ]

More realistic example

Highlight all digits within a string by surrounding them in span tags:

reactStringReplace('Apt 111, phone number 5555555555.', /(\d+)/g, (match, i) => (
  <span key={i} style={{ color: 'red' }}>{match}</span>
// =>
// [
//   'Apt ',
//   <span style={{ color: 'red' }}>111</span>,
//   ', phone number ',
//   <span style={{ color: 'red' }}>5555555555</span>,
//   '.'
// ]

Within a React component

const reactStringReplace = require('react-string-replace');

const HighlightNumbers = React.createClass({
  render() {
    const content = 'Hey my number is 555-555-5555.';
    return (
        {reactStringReplace(content, /(\d+)/g, (match, i) => (
          <span key={i} style={{ color: 'red' }}>{match}</span>

Multiple replacements on a single string

You can run multiple replacements on one string by calling the function multiple times on the returned result. For instance, if we want to match URLs, @-mentions and hashtags in a string we could do the following:

const reactStringReplace = require('react-string-replace')

const text = 'Hey @ian_sinn, check out this link https://github.com/iansinnott/ Hope to see you at #reactconf';
let replacedText;

// Match URLs
replacedText = reactStringReplace(text, /(https?:\/\/\S+)/g, (match, i) => (
  <a key={match + i} href={match}>{match}</a>

// Match @-mentions
replacedText = reactStringReplace(replacedText, /@(\w+)/g, (match, i) => (
  <a key={match + i} href={`https://twitter.com/${match}`}>@{match}</a>

// Match hashtags
replacedText = reactStringReplace(replacedText, /#(\w+)/g, (match, i) => (
  <a key={match + i} href={`https://twitter.com/hashtag/${match}`}>#{match}</a>

// => [
//   'Hey ',
//   <a href='https://twitter.com/ian_sinn'>@ian_sinn</a>
//   ', check out this link ',
//   <a href='https://github.com/iansinnott/'>https://github.com/iansinnott/</a>,
//   '. Hope to see you at ',
//   <a href='https://twitter.com/hashtag/reactconf'>#reactconf</a>,
//   '',
// ];

Full Example

See the example/ directory for a runnable example.


I wanted an easy way to do string replacement a la String.prototype.replace within React components without breaking React's built in string escaping functionality. This meant standard string replacement combined with dangerouslySetInnerHTML was out of the question.


reactStringReplace(string, match, func)


Type: string|array

The string or array you would like to do replacement on.

NOTE: When passed an array this is the same as running the replacement on every string within the array. Any non-string values in the array will be left untouched.


Type: regexp|string

The string or RegExp you would like to replace within string. Note that when using a RegExp you MUST include a matching group.

Example: Replace all occurrences of 'hey' with <span>hey</span>

reactStringReplace('hey hey you', /(hey)/g, () => <span>hey</span>);


Type: function

The replacer function to run each time match is found. This function will be passed the matching string and an index which can be used for adding keys to replacement components if necessary. Character offset identifies the position of match start in the provided text.

const func = (match, index, offset) => <span key={index}>{match}</span>;
reactStringReplace('hey hey you', /(hey)/g, func);


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