How To Refresh A Page In React?

Tim Mouskhelichvili
Tim Mouskhelichvili
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When developing your next hit web application project in React, you may need to refresh a page. But how do you do it?

This article explains how to refresh a page in React, shows how to persist the state between reloads, and shows code examples.

Let's get to it 😎.

react reload page

Reloading a page in React

To refresh a page written in JavaScript, you can use the reload function provided by the location object.

Here is the function:


This function reloads the current URL and acts like the reload browser button.

To reload a page from a React application, use the same function.

Here is an example:

javascriptimport React from 'react';

export const App = () => {
    const refresh = () => window.location.reload(true)

    return (
        <button onClick={refresh}>Refresh</button>

When a user clicks on the button, the page will refresh.

Easy right?

But what if you need to maintain the application's state between page reloads?

Maintaining the state after a page refresh

You have multiple options to maintain an application's state after a page refreshes. You can use one of the following methods:

  • Use your browser's local storage.
  • Use the URL query parameters.
  • Utilize an external library (like Redux Persist).

Here is an example of how you can persist the state using local storage and React hooks:

javascriptimport React, {useEffect, useState} from 'react';

export const App = () => {
  const [count, setCount] = useState(1);

  useEffect(() => {
  }, []);

  useEffect(() => {
    window.localStorage.setItem("count", count);
  }, [count]);

  return (
    <div className="App">
      <h1>Count: {count}</h1>
      <button onClick={() => setCount(count + 1)}>Increment</button>
      <button onClick={() => window.location.reload(true)}>Refresh</button>

In this example, the count value is persisted inside your browser's local storage.

To test the state persistence, click the first button a few times to increment the counter.

Then, press the refresh button. When the page reloads the old count will appear!

How to refresh a page every 5 seconds?

To reload a page every X seconds, you can use the window.location.reload function inside a timeout.

Here is an example:

javascriptsetTimeout(() => { 
}, 5000);

Final thoughts

As you can see, refreshing a page is simple in JavaScript and React.

Use this new knowledge well in your next or current React project.

react refresh page

Here are some other React tutorials for you to enjoy:

Comments (1)
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anoboy one piece June 14, 2023 13:21PM
nice article, thank for shring help me.