Usage with React Router

So you want to do routing with your Redux app. You can use it with React Router. Redux will be the source of truth for your data and React Router will be the source of truth for your URL. In most of the cases, it is fine to have them separate unless you need to time travel and rewind actions that triggers the change URL.

Installing React Router

react-router is available on npm . This guides assumes you are using react-router@^2.7.0.

npm install --save react-router

Configuring the Fallback URL

Before integrating React Router, we need to configure our development server. Indeed, our development server may be unaware of the declared routes in React Router configuration. For example, if you access /todos and refresh, your development server needs to be instructed to serve index.html because it is a single-page app. Here's how to enable this with popular development servers.

Note on Create React App

If you are using Create React App, you won't need to configure a fallback URL, it is automatically done.

Configuring Express

If you are serving your index.html from Express:

app.get('/*', (req, res) => {
  res.sendFile(path.join(__dirname, 'index.html'))

Configuring WebpackDevServer

If you are serving your index.html from WebpackDevServer: You can add to your webpack.config.dev.js:

devServer: {
  historyApiFallback: true

Connecting React Router with Redux App

Along this chapter, we will be using the Todos example. We recommend you to clone it while reading this chapter.

First we will need to import <Router /> and <Route /> from React Router. Here's how to do it:

import { Router, Route } from 'react-router'

In a React app, usually you would wrap <Route /> in <Router /> so that when the URL changes, <Router /> will match a branch of its routes, and render their configured components. <Route /> is used to declaratively map routes to your application's component hierarchy. You would declare in path the path used in the URL and in component the single component to be rendered when the route matches the URL.

const Root = () => (
    <Route path="/" component={App} />

However, in our Redux App we will still need <Provider />. <Provider /> is the higher-order component provided by React Redux that lets you bind Redux to React (see Usage with React).

We will then import the <Provider /> from React Redux:

import { Provider } from 'react-redux'

We will wrap <Router /> in <Provider /> so that route handlers can get access to the store.

const Root = ({ store }) => (
  <Provider store={store}>
      <Route path="/" component={App} />

Now the <App /> component will be rendered if the URL matches '/'. Additionally, we will add the optional (:filter) parameter to /, because we will need it further on when we try to read the parameter (:filter) from the URL.

<Route path="/(:filter)" component={App} />

You will probably want to remove the hash from the URL (e.g: http://localhost:3000/#/?_k=4sbb0i). For doing this, you will need to also import browserHistory from React Router:

import { Router, Route, browserHistory } from 'react-router'

and pass it to the <Router /> in order to remove the hash from the URL:

<Router history={browserHistory}>
  <Route path="/(:filter)" component={App} />

Unless you are targeting old browsers like IE9, you can always use browserHistory.


import React from 'react'
import PropTypes from 'prop-types'
import { Provider } from 'react-redux'
import { Router, Route, browserHistory } from 'react-router'
import App from './App'

const Root = ({ store }) => (
  <Provider store={store}>
    <Router history={browserHistory}>
      <Route path="/(:filter)" component={App} />

Root.propTypes = {
  store: PropTypes.object.isRequired

export default Root

We will also need to refactor index.js to render the <Root /> component to the DOM.


import React from 'react'
import { render } from 'react-dom'
import { createStore } from 'redux'
import todoApp from './reducers'
import Root from './components/Root'

let store = createStore(todoApp)

  <Root store={store} />,

React Router comes with a <Link /> component that lets you navigate around your application. In our example, we can wrap <Link /> with a new container component <FilterLink /> so as to dynamically change the URL. The activeStyle={} property lets us apply a style on the active state.


import React from 'react'
import { Link } from 'react-router'

const FilterLink = ({ filter, children }) => (
    to={filter === 'SHOW_ALL' ? '/' : filter}
      textDecoration: 'none',
      color: 'black'

export default FilterLink


import React from 'react'
import FilterLink from '../containers/FilterLink'

const Footer = () => (
    {' '}
    <FilterLink filter="SHOW_ALL">
    {', '}
    <FilterLink filter="SHOW_ACTIVE">
    {', '}
    <FilterLink filter="SHOW_COMPLETED">

export default Footer

Now if you click on <FilterLink /> you will see that your URL will change between '/SHOW_COMPLETED', '/SHOW_ACTIVE', and '/'. Even if you are going back with your browser, it will use your browser's history and effectively go to your previous URL.

Reading From the URL

Currently, the todo list is not filtered even after the URL changed. This is because we are filtering from <VisibleTodoList />'s mapStateToProps() is still bound to the state and not to the URL. mapStateToProps has an optional second argument ownProps that is an object with every props passed to <VisibleTodoList />


const mapStateToProps = (state, ownProps) => {
  return {
    todos: getVisibleTodos(state.todos, ownProps.filter) // previously was getVisibleTodos(state.todos, state.visibilityFilter)

Right now we are not passing anything to <App /> so ownProps is an empty object. To filter our todos according to the URL, we want to pass the URL params to <VisibleTodoList />.

When previously we wrote: <Route path="/(:filter)" component={App} />, it made available inside App a params property.

params property is an object with every param specified in the url. e.g: params will be equal to { filter: 'SHOW_COMPLETED' } if we are navigating to localhost:3000/SHOW_COMPLETED. We can now read the URL from <App />.

Note that we are using ES6 destructuring on the properties to pass in params to <VisibleTodoList />.


const App = ({ params }) => {
  return (
      <AddTodo />
      <VisibleTodoList filter={params.filter || 'SHOW_ALL'} />
      <Footer />

Next Steps

Now that you know how to do basic routing, you can learn more about React Router API

Note About Other Routing Libraries

Redux Router is an experimental library, it lets you keep entirely the state of your URL inside your redux store. It has the same API with React Router API but has a smaller community support than react-router.

React Router Redux creates a binding between your redux app and react-router and it keeps them in sync. Without this binding, you will not be able to rewind the actions with Time Travel. Unless you need this, React Router and Redux can operate completely apart.

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