In many scenarios you want to display a completely different component inside a screen, when a button or link is clicked.

Think about a navigation structure, for example.

How can you do so?

In this example I’m managing the state centralized in the App component.

First, attach a click event to a component:

import React from 'react'

const AddTripButton = props => {
  return <button onClick={props.addTrip}>Add a trip</button>

export default AddTripButton

Then in the App component, handle the addTrip event by assigning it the triggerAddTripState method:

<AddTripButton addTrip={this.triggerAddTripState} />

In triggerAddTripState you edit the state of the component:

class App extends Component {
  constructor(props) {
    this.state = { isEmptyState: true }

  triggerAddTripState = () => {
      isEmptyState: false,
      isAddTripState: true

See, here I create a default state, which contains isEmptyState: true. When the triggerAddTripState method is run, the state is edited so that property is set to false, and a new isAddTripState property is set to true.

Now in the JSX we can use those 2 state properties to show and hide parts of the component by using this syntax:

render() {
  return (
      {this.state.isEmptyState && <AddTripButton addTrip={this.triggerAddTripState} />}

      {this.state.isAddTripState && <AnotherComponent />}

Download my free React Handbook