React Helpers

Make it easy to use 'React' in R with 'htmlwidget' scaffolds, helper dependency functions, an embedded 'Babel' 'transpiler', and examples.

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reactR provides a set of convenience functions for using React in R with htmlwidget constructor templates and local JavaScript dependencies. The React ecosystem is rich with components that can enhance R web and Shiny apps. scaffoldReactWidget() helps build htmlwidgets to integrate these React components as R htmlwidgets. scaffoldReactShinyInput() does the same for Shiny inputs. The local dependency functions are modeled after the html_dependency_* functions from RStudio’s rmarkdown package.


You can install reactR from CRAN with install.packages("reactR"). For the development version, please use devtools as shown below.

# install.packages("devtools")

Creating htmlwidgets with React Components

To wrap a React component as an htmlwidget, please see the tutorial htmlwidgets with reactR. Also, there are a variety of examples in the react-R Github organization.

Shiny Outputs and Inputs

htmlwidgets built with reactR work well in Shiny as outputs. In version 0.4.0 Alan Dipert has added the ability to easily create React-based official Shiny inputs with helpers and scaffolds. Please see the tutorial for more details.


Below are examples of using reactR directly.

  tags$div(id = "app"),
        'Powered by React'
  #add core-js first to work in RStudio Viewer

reactR uses the V8 package if available to transform JSX and ES2015 code with babel.

    tags$div(id = "app"),
      babel_transform('ReactDOM.render(<h1>Powered By React/JSX</h1>,document.getElementById("app"))')
    # add core-js shim first for React in RStudio Viewer

Contributing and Code of Conduct

We welcome contributors and would love your participation. Please note that this project is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By participating in this project you agree to abide by the terms.


reactR 0.4.0

  • Add Shiny input scaffold and functionality; tutorial and pull 22 thanks @alandipert

reactR 0.3.1

  • Update react and react-dom to 16.8.1
  • Add usethis R dependency
  • Ignore node_modules in .Rbuildignore and .gitignore
  • Set {modules:false} in babel_transform to avoid "use strict"; pull 15
  • Use webpack to build react-tools.js; pull 16
  • Attach component to the htmlwidget

reactR 0.3.0

  • Add htmlwidget scaffold and helpers (see tutorial)
  • Update react and react-dom to 16.6.7

reactR 0.2.1

  • Update react and react-dom to 16.6.0

reactR 0.2.0

  • Update react and react-dom to 16.2.0
  • Add core-js shim so that React will show up in RStudio Viewer

reactR 0.1.4

  • Update react and react-dom to 16.1.1

reactR 0.1.3

  • Update react and react-dom to 16.0.0
  • Update babel to 6.26.0

reactR 0.1.2

  • Update to react 15.5.0
  • Update to babel 6.24.0
  • Add office-fabric-react example
  • Build doc site with pkgdown

reactR 0.1.1

  • Added a file to track changes to the package.
  • Provide offline babel-standalone for babel_transform

reactR 0.1.0

  • Initial release

Reference manual

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0.4.0 by Kent Russell, 2 months ago

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Authors: Facebook Inc [aut, cph] (React library in lib ,; see AUTHORS for full list of contributors) , Kent Russell [aut, cre] (R interface) , Alan Dipert [aut] (R interface)

Documentation:   PDF Manual  

MIT + file LICENSE license

Imports htmltools

Suggests htmlwidgets, rmarkdown, shiny, V8, knitr, usethis, jsonlite

Enhanced by listviewer.

See at CRAN