How to Wrap JSX Without Rendering Extra DOM Elements in React

Published Aug 7, 2020

React requires us to wrap all of our JSX inside a single parent element.

It often looks like this:

render() {
    return (
        <div>
            <ChildA />
            <ChildB />
        </div>
    )
}

The unfortunate part of all this is that we’re forced to add extra, unnecessary DOM elements to our components.

The great part of all this is that we have React.Fragment, which allows us to render out a list of elements without creating that parent node.

render() {
    return (
        <React.Fragment>
            <ChildA />
            <ChildB />
        </React.Fragment>
    );
}

From v16.2.0 onward, we can use an alternative syntax to render fragments.

render() {
    return (
        <>
            <ChildA />
            <ChildB />
        </>
    );
}

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