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In this guide, you'll configure your plugin to use React. It assumes that you already have a plugin with a custom view that you want to convert to use React.

While you don't need to use a separate framework to build a plugin, there are a few reasons why you'd want to use React:

  • You have existing experience of React and want to use a familiar technology.
  • You have existing React components that you want to reuse in your plugin.
  • Your plugin requires complex state management or other features that can be cumbersome to implement with regular HTML element.

Configure your plugin

  1. Add React to your plugin dependencies:

    npm install react react-dom
  2. Add type definitions for React:

    npm install --save-dev @types/react @types/react-dom
  3. In tsconfig.json, enable JSX support on the compilerOptions object:

    "compilerOptions": {
    "jsx": "react"

Create a React component

Create a new file called ReactView.tsx in the plugin root directory, with the following content:

import * as React from "react";

export const ReactView = () => {
return <h4>Hello, React!</h4>;

Mount the React component

To use the React component, it needs to be mounted on a HTML element. The following example mounts the ReactView component on the this.containerEl.children[1] element:

import { ItemView, WorkspaceLeaf } from "obsidian";
import * as React from "react";
import * as ReactDOM from "react-dom";
import { ReactView } from "./ReactView";
import { createRoot } from "react-dom/client";

const VIEW_TYPE_EXAMPLE = "example-view";

class ExampleView extends ItemView {
constructor(leaf: WorkspaceLeaf) {

getViewType() {

getDisplayText() {
return "Example view";

async onOpen() {
const root = createRoot(this.containerEl.children[1]);
<ReactView />,

async onClose() {

For more information on ReactDOM.render() and ReactDOM.unmountComponentAtNode(), refer to the documentation on ReactDOM.

You can mount your React component on any HTMLElement, for example status bar items. Just make sure to clean up properly by calling ReactDOM.unmountComponentAtNode() when you're done.

Create an App context

If you want to access the App object from one of your React components, you need to pass it as a dependency. As your plugin grows, even though you're only using the App object in a few places, you start passing it through the whole component tree.

Another alternative is to create a React context for the app to make it globally available to all components inside your React view.

  1. Use React.createContext() to create a new app context.

    import * as React from "react";
    import { App } from 'obsidian';

    export const AppContext = React.createContext<App>(undefined);
  2. Wrap the ReactView with a context provider and pass the app as the value.

    const root = createRoot(this.containerEl.children[1]);
    <AppContext.Provider value={}>
    <ReactView />
  3. Create a custom hook to make it easier to use the context in your components.

    import { AppContext } from "./context";

    export const useApp = (): App | undefined => {
    return React.useContext(AppContext);
  4. Use the hook in any React component within ReactView to access the app.

    import * as React from "react";
    import { useApp } from "./hooks";

    export const ReactView = () => {
    const { vault } = useApp();

    return <h4>{vault.getName()}</h4>;

For more information, refer to the React documentation for Context and Building Your Own Hooks.