How to programmatically trigger click event in React?

You could use the ref prop to acquire a reference to the underlying HTMLInputElement object through a callback, store the reference as a class property, then use that reference to later trigger a click from your event handlers using the HTMLElement.click method.

This can be done in two steps:

  1. Create ref in render method:

    import React from 'react'
    const InputComponent = () => {
    const inputElement = React.useRef()
    return <input ref={inputElement} />
    }
  2. Apply click event in your event handler:

    inputElement.click()
  3. Other possible event you can call:

    inputElement.focus()
    inputElement.blur()

November 06, 2022
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