How To Import Jquery In React

jQuery is a popular JavaScript library that simplifies HTML document traversal, event handling, animating, and AJAX interactions. Although React and its ecosystem have largely replaced the need for jQuery in modern web applications, you might find yourself in a situation where you need to use jQuery with React.

In this blog post, we will cover how to import and use jQuery in a React application. Keep in mind, mixing React and jQuery can lead to potential issues and is generally not recommended, but it can be helpful in some cases when migrating or working with legacy code.

Step 1: Install jQuery

First, we need to install jQuery as a dependency in our React project. Navigate to your project’s root directory and run the following command:

    npm install jquery

Step 2: Import jQuery in Your Component

With jQuery installed, we can now import it into our React component. To do this, add the following import statement at the beginning of your component file:

    import $ from 'jquery';

Step 3: Use jQuery in Your Component

Now that we have imported jQuery, we can use it in our component. One common use case is to utilize jQuery for DOM manipulation or AJAX requests within the componentDidMount lifecycle method.

For example, let’s say we want to fetch data from an API and display it to the user. Here’s a sample component that demonstrates how to use jQuery’s ajax method to fetch data and update the component state:

    import React, { Component } from 'react';
    import $ from 'jquery';

    class MyComponent extends Component {
        constructor(props) {
            this.state = {
                data: [],

        componentDidMount() {
                url: '',
                dataType: 'json',
                success: data => {
                    this.setState({ data });
                error: (xhr, status, error) => {

        render() {
            return (
                    {, index) => (
                        <p key={index}>{}</p>

    export default MyComponent;


In this blog post, we demonstrated how to import and use jQuery in a React application. Although using jQuery with React comes with potential risks and is not recommended, it can be helpful in specific scenarios, such as migrating a legacy application.

Remember, React and its ecosystem offer many tools and libraries that can replace the need for jQuery in most cases. But if you need to work with jQuery in your React application, following these steps will help you to integrate jQuery smoothly.