There two common use-cases for redirecting a user within React. One is upon successful login, the other is if you want a catch-all route to take people to a 404.

To redirect the user upon login you could try pushing to the history object but there is a more “React” way of doing it by using the <Redirect /> component from react-router-dom. The way it works is that you conditionally place the component within your render function. For example:

import React, { Component } from 'react';
import { Redirect } from 'react-router-dom';

class Login extends Component {
  constructor(props) {
    this.state = {
      redirect: false,

  doRedirect = (e) => {
    this.setState({redirect: true});

  render() {
    const { redirect } = this.state;
    if (redirect){
      return <Redirect to='/dashboard' />
    return (
        <button onclick="this.doRedirect">redirect</button>

export default Login;

As you can see the Redirect component is conditionally rendered when the redirect state prop is updated.

Assuming you have setup react-router such that the “/dashboard” path exists then clicking the button will update “redirect” to “true”, the Redirect component is rendered into the page triggering the redirect and the “/dashboard” is displayed.

For a catch-all page you can also use the <Redirect /> component by rendering it directly from the catch-all route:

import { BrowserRouter as Router, Route, Redirect } from 'react-router-dom';

function Page() {
  return <h2>Hello</h2>;

function AppRouter() {
  return (
      <div className="App">
        <Route path="/" exact component={page} />
        <Route path="/*" render={() => <Redirect to="/" />} />

export default AppRouter;