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How to use React-i18next withTranslation in TypeScript

Are you getting an error from TypeScript when you withTranslation() HOC (higher-order component) for your React component?


import * as React from 'react';
import { withTranslation } from 'react-i18next';

const App: React.FC = props => <h1>{props.t('greetMessage')}</h1>;

export default withTranslation()(App);

Here’s what an error message may look like:


TS2459: Type 'Readonly<> & Readonly<{ children?: ReactNode; }>' has no property 't' and no string index signature.

So how do you we overcome this problem?

Solution

To solve this TypeScript error, it’s quite simple.

When you import react-i18next, also import the WithTranslation interface.


import { withTranslation, WithTranslation } from 'react-i18next';

Then you’re going to want to extend the React.FC type as such:


const App: React.FC<WithTranslation> = (props) => <h1>{props.t('greetMessage')}</h1>;

Here’s an example if you’re using a React class component.


import * as React from 'react';
import { withTranslation, WithTranslation } from 'react-i18next';

class App extends React.Component<WithTranslation> {
  render() {
    return <h1>{this.props.t('greetMessage')}</h1>;
  }
}

export default withTranslation()(App);

Happy coding!