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Hi, I am quite confuse, what is the difference between Link and LinkContainer? Thank you in advance

GA Asked question June 23, 2023

In React Router Bootstrap, both Link and LinkContainer components are used for navigation purposes, but they serve different purposes and are used in different scenarios.

  1. Link:
    • The Link component is provided by the React Router library. It is used to create hyperlinks that navigate between different routes in your application.
    • When a user clicks on a Link component, it triggers a navigation event, updating the URL and rendering the corresponding component for the specified route.
    • Example usage:

      [apcode language=”jscript”]

      import { Link } from 'react-router-dom';
       const MyComponent = () => (
        <Link to="/about">Go to About</Link>
      );

      [/apcode]

  2. LinkContainer:
    • The LinkContainer component is provided by React Router Bootstrap. It is specifically designed to be used in conjunction with Bootstrap navigation components, such as Nav, NavItem, NavLink, etc.
    • It acts as a wrapper that converts the Bootstrap navigation components into React Router Link components, enabling navigation within your application.
    • Example usage:

      <code>[apcode language="jscript"]

      import { Nav, NavItem } from 'react-bootstrap';
      import { LinkContainer } from 'react-router-bootstrap';
       const MyComponent = () => (
        <Nav>
          <LinkContainer to="/about">
            <NavItem>About</NavItem>
          </LinkContainer>
        </Nav>
      );

      [/apcode]

In summary, Link is a core component provided by React Router for general navigation, while LinkContainer is a component provided by React Router Bootstrap that allows you to use React Router’s Link components within Bootstrap navigation components.

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