How to pass values to onClick React function

Sometimes passing an additional parameter values or arguments is necessary for you onClick handler.


There’s a couple approaches we can take a look at.

Method #1: Return a function that returns a function

You can create a function that returns a function.

class FooBar extends React.Component {
  handleClick = value => () => {

  render() {
    return <button onClick={this.handleClick('Bar')}>Speak</button>;

In the example above, I’m defining a new property called, handleClick().

handleClick is a function, that accepts 1 argument called value.

And when you invoke it once, it will return another function which can be used for the onClick React listener.

In the example above you can see that I’m attaching the handleClick() method, and passing a string value so it may be printed in the browser console.

<button onClick={this.handleClick('Bar')}>Speak</button>

This can also be written as such:

class FooBar extends React.Component {

  handleClick(value) {
    return function() {

  render() {
    return <button onClick={this.handleClick('Bar')}>Speak</button>;

If you’re writing a functional component, than it may look like this:

const handleClick = value => () => console.log(value)

const FooBar = () => <button onClick={handleClick('Bar')}>Speak</button>;

Which I believe looks a bit cleaner.

This method of passing values to an onClick handler is by far the most common, and easiest to follow approach.

Method #2: Add custom data attributes

This method is 100% valid and an interesting one.

What you have to do is add a custom data-attribute to your HTML element.

const handleClick = event => console.log( // {mssg: "Hello!"}

const FooBar = () => <button data-mssg="Hello!" onClick={handleClick}>Speak</button>;

The onClick listener returns the event object. You can go through the object and check out the dataset property to retrieve your custom data attribute.

Method #3: Set an onClick event in a sub component

You can also create a React component that accepts 2 properties.

The first property is props.value which it may any primitive value or object.

const Button = props => {
  const handleClick = () => {
    if (props.onClick) {
  return <button onClick={handleClick}>Speak</button>;

The second property is called props.onClick. This custom prop will return the value that gets given to the component.

Inside the Button component, I’m creating a variable called handleClick. This variable will check if the custom props.onClick is given, and if it is will invoke it and pass the props.value value.

Now Let’s see how to use this in the parent component.

const handleClick = value => console.log(value);

const FooBar = () => <Button value="WOOSAH" onClick={handleClick} />;

In the parent component, FooBar, I’m using the Button component and giving it a value of WOOSAH, and passing the handler function for the onClick event.

In the console we should see the output


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