Access Route Params in React Router v4

React Router v4 has a new API that’s pretty cool. The method for accessing the route params is different, and it’s very straightforward.

First, get React Router in your web project by installing:

npm install react-router-dom --save

Wrap in Router

Now, somewhere near the top of your component tree, you’ll place a parent Router element:

import React from 'react'
import { BrowserRouter as Router, Route } from 'react-router-dom'

import Topic from '../topic'

export default function App() {
  return (
        <Route path="/topics/:name" component={Topic} />

Beneath Router, we could have many Routes, but I’ve written only one here: the /topics/:name route that goes to the Topic component. When this route is matched, we want to get the name parameter inside the component.

Access Route Params in the Component

The topic.js module wants to display the name of the chosen topic. This can be retrieved from off of the URL. To access it, we use the extra prop, match that React Router sends down to the route component:

import React from 'react'

export default function Topic(props) {
  return <h1>{}</h1>

The match prop has a params object that contains the name param we’ve been looking for. Other param values, if they existed, would be keyed off of that object as well (eg, props.match.params.otherParam).

More Route Data

match actually contains a number of interesting route-related bits that you might find useful as well:


  isExact: true,
  params: {
    name: 'the-topic-name'
  path: '/topics/:name',
  url: '/topics/the-topic-name'

Pretty straightforward, right? Are there any other interesting bits that you find helpful to glean off a matched route?