Javascript – How to add or remove a className on event in ReactJS


I am quite new to React and I am struggling a little with converting my thinking from standard js.

In my react component I have the following element:

<div className='base-state' onClick={this.handleClick}>click here</div>

The behaviour I am looking for is to add an extra class on click. My first idea was to try and add the class in the click handler function e.g.

handleClick : function(e) {
   <add class "click-state" here>

I haven't been able to find any examples that do anything similar though, so I am fairly sure I am not thinking about this in the right way.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Best Answer

The list of classes can be derive from the state of the component. For example:

var Component = React.createClass({
  getInitialState: function() {
    return {
      clicked: false

  handleClick: function() {
    this.setState({clicked: true});

  render: function() {
    var className = this.state.clicked ? 'click-state' : 'base-state';
    return <div className={className} onClick={this.handleClick}>click here</div>;

Calling this.setState will trigger a rerender of the component.