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React Event management with example

One of a web application’s key functions is event handling. It makes it possible for the user to engage with the application. React supports each and every event that a web application can offer. React event processing is largely unchanged from DOM event handling. In this chapter, let’s learn how to manage events in a React application.

Handling events with react have some syntactic differences from handling events on DOM. These are:

  1. React events are named as camelCase instead of lowercase.
  2. With JSX, a function is passed as the event handler instead of a string. For example:

Event declaration in plain HTML:

<button onclick="showMessage()">  
       Hello JavaTpoint  
Event declaration in React:

<button onClick={showMessage}>  
      Hello JavaTpoint  

3. In react, we cannot return false to prevent the default behavior. We must call preventDefault event explicitly to prevent the default behavior. For example:

In plain HTML, to prevent the default link behavior of opening a new page, we can write:

<a href="#" onclick="console.log('You had clicked a Link.'); return false">  

In React, we can write it as:

function ActionLink() {  
    function handleClick(e) {  
        console.log('You had clicked a Link.');  
    return (  
        <a href="#" onClick={handleClick}>  

In the above example, e is a Synthetic Event which defines according to the W3C spec.

Now let us see how to use Event in React.


In the below example, we have used only one component and adding an onChange event. This event will trigger the changeText function, which returns the company name.

import React, { Component } from 'react';  
class App extends React.Component {  
    constructor(props) {  
        this.state = {  
            companyName: ''  
    changeText(event) {  
    render() {  
        return (  
                <h2>Simple Event Example</h2>  
                <label htmlFor="name">Enter company name: </label>  
                <input type="text" id="companyName" onChange={this.changeText.bind(this)}/>  
                <h4>You entered: { this.state.companyName }</h4>  
export default App;  


When you execute the above code, you will get the following output.

After entering the name in the textbox, you will get the output as like below screen.


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