From ReactJS Class Component to Functional Component - useState (Part 1)

zeyadetman profile image Zeyad Etman ・2 min read

Hello everyone, In this post (Two parts) I'll convert a reactjs code from a class component to a functional component. Focusing on useState and useEffect hooks.
let's begin with the part 1 useState hook.


In Class Component

In the class component, we intialize the state object of this class in the constructor function to say this state belongs to this component, and its value intialized in the constuctor. We can change the state by calling setState() passing the new object.
Code for this will be something like this

import React, { Component } from "react";
import ReactDOM from "react-dom";

export default class App extends Component {
  constructor() {
    this.state = {
      count: 0
  render() {
    return (
      <div className="App">
        <h1>Current count: {this.state.count}</h1>
        <button onClick={() => this.setState({ count: this.state.count + 1 })}>

const rootElement = document.getElementById("root");
ReactDOM.render(<App />, rootElement);

One of the features using setState() is the callback, Yes you can pass a second argument as a callback. Which is a great feature.
example on this

  onClick={() =>
    this.setState({ count: this.state.count + 1 }, () => {

In Functional Component

In a functional component, there's no constructor() no this keyword no render() function.
First we have to import useState from react.
import React, { useState } from "react";
useState takes just one argument which is the intial value, and returns a stateful value and a function to change it, we destructured it like this:
const [state, setState] = useState(initialValue);
To use it, simply we can use it like the class example.

const [state, setState] = useState({
  count: 0

console.log(state.count); // 0

and update it like this

setState({ count: state.count + 1 });

But, What if we have more than one value?

Here we have two options:

  • first, simply use it like above.
const [state, setState] = useState({
  count: 0,
  barcode: "1A"

BUT, when you change it, don't forget to pass the current state, and just change what you want, like this:

  barcode: "2B"

if you write this setState({barcode: "2B"}); you simply changed the state, and removed the count key.

  • Second, you can use useState multiple times in the same component, one for count and one for barcode like this:
const [count, setCount] = useState(0);
const [barcode, setBarcode] = useState("1A");

and to update it, just pass the value:

setCount(count + 1);

Unfortunately useState doesn't accept a second argument, So we have to use useEffect hook to handle the change on the component.
Before you go, please check the two codesandboxes to try what you learned in this article.

In Part 2 —We will expand our code to include useEffect hook.

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Celia Gómez de ViIllavedón

Hi Zeyad! Thanks for this great article, it helped me to understand better hooks and state in a functional component in React.
Where can I find Part 2?