Types for React components with children

Typescript requires that we specify the types for the different variables and function arguments in React. When they are native types it is not intrincate, but for React components it can be different. Here are 3 ways to specify types for React components that contain children as part of their props.

Types With ReactNode

The easiest way is manually, by specifying children as an optional React node.

import React from 'react'

type props = {
    children?: React.ReactNode
}

const MyComponent = ({ children }: Props) => {
    return (
        <div>
            {children}      
        </div>
    )
}

export default MyComponent

Using React.FC

The second way is to use a FC (Functional Component) object provided by React, which leaves implicit the use of children and also prevents us from returning undefined. Consider that using React.FC is considered by some developers as a bad practice.

import React from 'react'

const MyComponent: React.FC<{}> = ({ children }) => {
    return (
        <div>
            {children}      
        </div>
    )
}

export default MyComponent

React.PropsWithChildren

The last way is to make use of the PropsWithChildren object provided by React which, as its name says, already includes the props with the children component, ready to be used directly.

import React from 'react'

type Props = React.PropsWithChildren<{}>

const MyComponent = ({ children }: Props) => {
    return (
        <div>
            {children}      
        </div>
    )
}

export default MyComponent

See what Typescript has to say on React at their official documentation

Eduardo Zepeda
Web developer and GNU/Linux enthusiast always learning something new. I believe in choosing the right tool for the job and that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. I'm under the impression that being perfect is the enemy of getting things done. I also believe in the goodnesses of cryptocurrencies outside of monetary speculation.
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