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    Manipulate the DOM with React refs
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Manipulate the DOM with React refs

Kent C. Dodds
InstructorKent C. Dodds

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React is really good at creating and updating DOM elements, but sometimes you need to work with them yourself. A common use case for this is when you’re using a third party library that wasn’t built for or with React specifically. To do this, we need to have some value that’s associated with our component (like state) to store a reference to the DOM element, but doesn’t trigger re-renders when it’s updated (unlike state). React has something specifically for this and it’s called a ref.

You create a ref object with the useRef hook and that object’s current property is the current value of the ref. It can be anything, but if you pass that ref object to a component as a prop called ref, then React will set the current property to the DOM element it creates so you can reference it and manipulate it in your useEffect hook.

In this lesson we’ll get to see how that works with a cool library called vanilla-tilt.