This package is inspired by Angular’s attribute directive. You can check it out here. TLDR: it’s a cool way to add behavior to a component from the markup. You bind and configure it via an attribute, ex:

<MyTextComponent copyToClipboard="">My Link</MyTextComponent>

The implementation of copyToClipboard would wrap the MyTextComponent to provide the extra behavior. You can write it as a simple wrapper like so:

<CopyToClipboard content="">
    <MyTextComponent>My Link</MyTextComponent>

This package allows you to do the same but in React.


This package was made in a little over 1 hour. It does not support SSR, it does not work with JSX Transform, it might be an anti-pattern, it might affect performance and it only works with Typescript. It works by hacking React’s built-in createElement to inject a custom component when a directive is detected (check src/react.ts).

That being said, it’s enough to prove the concept and, if interest for the project exists, I will implement it properly. So, don’t be shy, create an issue and tell me what you want from this project.

How to implement a directive

  1. Install the hook. This needs to exist before any component is rendered. I recommend doing this in your entry point right after importing React. It might look something like this.

import {installDirectiveHandler} from "react-directive-attributes";
import React from "react";
installDirectiveHandler(React); // this line is important

import {createRoot} from "react-dom/client";
import {App} from "./App";

const root = createRoot(document.getElementById("root")!);
root.render(<App />);
  1. Create a global attribute type for your directive. You can do this by extending Attributes interface in the React namespace. I recommend to create a dedicated file attributes.d.ts just for this.

declare namespace React {
    interface Attributes {
        abcd?: string;
  1. Create the directive implementation (this is just a wrapper component). You can bind it’s params to the type of the attribute by using DirectiveAttributeBinding<"<attribute name>">.

import React from "react";
import {DirectiveAttributeBinding} from "react-directive-attributes";

export function AbcdDirective({value, children}: DirectiveAttributeBinding<"abcd">) {
    return (
            <p>wrapped by directive abcd with value {value}</p>

  1. Bind you directive to an attribute. Again, make sure this is called before you render anything. The entry point is a good place to do this. You can create an directive.ts and bind all your directives there.

import {bindDirectiveToAttribute} from "react-directive-attributes";

import {AbcdDirective} from "./abcd";

bindDirectiveToAttribute(AbcdDirective, "abcd");
  1. Done. You can now use your directive.
<MyComponent abcd="hello" />

Usage with CRA (create-react-app)

If you use a newer version of CRA, you must disable the JSX Transform and roll back to the “classic” version.

  1. Modify your tsconfig.json to match:

"jsx": "react",
"jsxFactory": "React.createElement",
"jsxFragmentFactory": "React.Fragment"
  1. Set the DISABLE_NEW_JSX_TRANSFORM to true when starting or building the application:

If this does not work, you might also need to eject.


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