React Integration

The Webix library provides integration with the React framework.

You can use Webix inside of React App, to add some rich widgets to the existing functionality.

If you plan to use Webix for most UI in the app, please check Webix Jet first. It is a micro-framework for building Webix-based apps. It is native for the library and will help you to manage the development stages in the most natural way.

There are several possible ways of using Webix with React:

How to Start

Grab the demo from Github if you haven't done this yet. Thus you will get an example of integration usage.

Run npm install and npm start after that.

Open http://localhost:3000 to view the demo in the browser.

The page will be reloading while you are editing form fields.

Production build

To build the production version, run npm run build.

It will build the application for production to the build folder. After that your app is ready to be deployed.

Using Webix Widget in React App

You can create a React component with a Webix widget inside like this:

const ui = {
    view:"slider"
};
const value = 123;
 
const SliderView = () => (
  <Webix ui={ui} data={value} />
)

The logic is the following:

  • use the tag < Webix > to define a Webix widget
  • specify the necessary view in the ui object and define its config

Related sample: Simple React component with Webix UI

Creating Custom Webix-React Component

Instead of using a prebuilt Webix component, there is a possibility to make a custom one. For example, the code for a custom Slider component can look as follows:

class SliderView extends Component {
  render() {
    return (
      <div ref="root"></div>
    );
  }
 
  componentDidMount(){
    this.ui = window.webix.ui({
      view:"slider"
      container:ReactDOM.findDOMNode(this.refs.root)
    });
  }
 
  componentWillUnmount(){
    this.ui.destructor();
    this.ui = null;
  }
 
  shouldComponentUpdate(){
    return false;
  }
}

In the above code we have created the SliderView component that contains a Webix slider inside.

The list of the defined methods is:

  • the componentDidMount() method creates a new component
  • the componentWillUnmount() method will destruct the component when it won't be needed anymore
  • the shouldComponentUpdate() method is responsible for the component's updates. In this example, updates for the component are disabled

Related sample: Custom Webix-React component

Using Webix Widget with Redux

You can use a Webix widget with Redux without any extra customization required.

For custom components make sure that such a component returns true from shouldComponentUpdate() and provides the componentWillUpdate handler to mutate the state of the Webix widget.

componentWillUpdate(props){
    if (props.data)
      this.setWebixData(props.data);
    if (props.select)
      this.select(props.select);
},
shouldComponentUpdate(){
    return true;
}

Related sample: Using Webix with Redux

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