Passing props to React Router children routes

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I’m having trouble overcoming an issue with react router. The scenario is that i need to pass children routes a set of props from a state parent component and route.
what i would like to do is pass childRouteA its propsA, and pass childRouteB its propsB. However, the only way i can figure out how to do this is to pass RouteHandler both propsA and propsB which means every child route gets every child prop regardless of whether its relevant. this isnt a blocking issue at the moment, but i can see a time when i’d be using the two of the same component which means that keys on propA will overwritten by the keys by the keys of propB.

# routes
routes = (
  <Route name='filter' handler={ Parent } >
    <Route name='price' handler={ Child1 } />
    <Route name='time' handler={ Child2 } />

# Parent component
render: ->
    <RouteHandler {[email protected]()} />

timeProps: ->
  foo: 'bar'

priceProps: ->
  baz: 'qux'

# assign = require 'object-assign'
allProps: ->
  assign {}, timeProps(), priceProps()

This actually works the way i expect it to. When i link to /filters/time i get the Child2 component rendered. when i go to /filters/price i get the Child1 component rendered. the issue is that by doing this process, Child1 and Child2 are both passed allProps() even though they only need price and time props, respectively. This can become an issue if those two components have an identical prop name and in general is just not a good practice to bloat components with unneeded props (as there are more than 2 children in my actual case).
so in summary, is there a way to pass the RouteHandler timeProps when i go to the time route (filters/time) and only pass priceProps to RouteHandler when i go to the price route (filters/price) and avoid passing all props to all children routes?

How to solve :

I know you bored from this bug, So we are here to help you! Take a deep breath and look at the explanation of your problem. We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first method because it is tested & true method that will 100% work for you.

Method 1

I ran into a similar issue and discovered that you can access props set on the Route through this.props.route in your route component. Knowing this, I organized my components like this:


  <Router history={new HashHistory()}>
    <Route component={App}>
          fruits={['orange', 'banana', 'grape']}
), document.getElementById('app'));


class App extends React.Component {
  constructor(props) {

  render() {
    return <div>{this.props.children}</div>;


class HelloView extends React.Component {
  constructor(props) {

  render() {
    return <div>
        { => 
          <li key={fruit}>{fruit}</li>

This is using react-router v1.0-beta3. Hope this helps!

Ok, now that I’m understanding your issue better, here’s what you could try.

Since your child props are coming from a single parent, your parent component, not react-router, should be the one managing which child gets rendered so that you can control which props are passed.

You could try changing your route to use a param, then inspect that param in your parent component to render the appropriate child component.


<Route name="filter" path="filter/:name" handler={Parent} />

Parent Component

render: function () {
  if ( === 'price') {
    return <Child1 {...this.getPriceProps()} />
  } else if ( === 'time') {
    return <Child2 {...this.getTimeProps()} />
  } else {
    // something else

Method 2

In child component, insted of

return <div>{this.props.children}</div>

You may merge props with parent

var childrenWithProps = React.cloneElement(this.props.children, this.props);
return <div>{childrenWithProps}</div>

Method 3

React.cloneElement can be used to render the child component and so as pass any data which is available inside the child route component which is defined in the route.

For eg, here I am passing the value of user to the react childRoute component.

{React.cloneElement(this.props.childRoute, { user: this.props.user })}

Note: Use and implement method 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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