How To Use Jquery In React

In the era of modern web development, React has become one of the most popular libraries for building user interfaces. With its focus on reusable components and efficient rendering, React has simplified the way we think about front-end design. However, there are times when you might need to use another popular library, jQuery, to accomplish a specific task or achieve a certain effect.

In this blog post, we will explore how to use jQuery in a React application, and discuss some of the issues you might encounter along the way.

Step 1: Install jQuery

First, you’ll need to install jQuery in your React project. You can do this using npm or yarn:

npm install jquery
    // or
    yarn add jquery

Step 2: Import jQuery

Next, you’ll need to import jQuery in the component where you plan to use it. Add the following line at the top of your component file:

import $ from 'jquery';

Step 3: Use jQuery in a React Component

Now that you have jQuery installed and imported, you can start using it in your React component. However, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • React uses a virtual DOM to manage updates to the actual DOM. When you use jQuery to manipulate the DOM directly, React may not be aware of these changes, leading to potential issues with your application’s state and rendering.
  • React components have lifecycle methods that allow you to run code at specific points during a component’s life. To use jQuery safely, you should do any DOM manipulation in the componentDidMount and componentDidUpdate lifecycle methods.

Let’s take a look at an example of using jQuery to add a simple animation to a React component:

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

class MyComponent extends Component {
  componentDidMount() {

  componentDidUpdate() {

  animateDiv() {
      left: '250px',
      opacity: '0.5',
      height: '150px',
      width: '150px',
    }, 1500);

  render() {
    return (
      <div id="my-div" style={{position: 'relative'}}>
        Animate me!

export default MyComponent;

In this example, we use the componentDidMount and componentDidUpdate lifecycle methods to call the animateDiv function, which uses the jQuery animate method to modify the CSS properties of the div with the ID “my-div”.


While it is possible to use jQuery alongside React, it is generally recommended to use React’s built-in methods for handling DOM manipulation and state management whenever possible. However, if you need to use jQuery for a specific feature or effect, following the steps outlined in this blog post can help you avoid potential issues and ensure that your application behaves as expected.