How to pass in a react component into another react component to transclude the first component’s content?

How to pass in a react component into another react component to transclude the first component’s content?

Is there a way to pass one component into another react component? I want to create a model react component and pass in another react component in order to transclude that content.
Edit: Here is a reactJS codepen illustrating what I’m trying to do.


/**@jsx React.DOM*/

var BasicTransclusion = React.createClass({
render: function() {
// Below ‘Added title’ should be the child content of


return (

Added title



React.renderComponent(BasicTransclusion(), document.getElementById(‘my-component’));


Solution 1:

You can use this.props.children to render whatever children the component contains:

const Wrap = props => <div>{props.children}</div>

export default () => <Wrap><h1>Hello word</h1></Wrap>

Solution 2:

Note I provided a more in-depth answer here

Runtime wrapper:

It’s the most idiomatic way.

const Wrapper = ({children}) => (

const App = () => <div>Hello</div>;

const WrappedApp = () => (

Note that children is a “special prop” in React, and the example above is syntactic sugar and is (almost) equivalent to <Wrapper children={<App/>}/>

Initialization wrapper / HOC

You can use an Higher Order Component (HOC). They have been added to the official doc recently.

// Signature may look fancy but it's just 
// a function that takes a component and returns a new component
const wrapHOC = (WrappedComponent) => (props) => (
    <div><WrappedComponent {...props}/></div>

const App = () => <div>Hello</div>;

const WrappedApp = wrapHOC(App);

This can lead to (little) better performances because the wrapper component can short-circuit the rendering one step ahead with shouldComponentUpdate, while in the case of a runtime wrapper, the children prop is likely to always be a different ReactElement and cause re-renders even if your components extend PureComponent.

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Notice that connect of Redux used to be a runtime wrapper but was changed to an HOC because it permits to avoid useless re-renders if you use the pure option (which is true by default)

You should never call an HOC during the render phase because creating React components can be expensive. You should rather call these wrappers at initialization.

Note that when using functional components like above, the HOC version do not provide any useful optimisation because stateless functional components do not implement shouldComponentUpdate

More explanations here:

Solution 3:

const ParentComponent = (props) => {
    //...additional JSX...

//import component
import MyComponent from //...where ever

//place in var
const myComponent = <MyComponent />

//pass as prop
<ParentComponent childComponent={myComponent} />

Solution 4:

Facebook recommends stateless component usage

In an ideal world, most of your components would be stateless
functions because in the future we’ll also be able to make performance
optimizations specific to these components by avoiding unnecessary
checks and memory allocations. This is the recommended pattern, when

function Label(props){
    return <span>{props.label}</span>;

function Hello(props){
    return <div>{props.label}{}</div>;

var hello = Hello({name:"Joe", label:Label({label:"I am "})});


Solution 5:

i prefer using React built-in API:

import React, {cloneElement, Component} from "react";
import PropTypes from "prop-types";

export class Test extends Component {
  render() {
    const {children, wrapper} = this.props;
    return (
      cloneElement(wrapper, {

Test.propTypes = {
  wrapper: PropTypes.element,
  // ... other props

Test.defaultProps = {
  wrapper: <div/>,
  // ... other props

then you can replace the wrapper div with what ever you want:

<Test wrapper={<span className="LOL"/>}>

Solution 6:

You can pass in a component via. the props and render it with interpolation.

var DivWrapper = React.createClass({
    render: function() {
        return <div>{ this.props.child }</div>;

You would then pass in a prop called child, which would be a React component.

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