Parse HTML into React components

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React HTML Parser
NOTE: This Artsy fork replaces the htmlparser2 dependency with the DOMParser API provided by modern browsers. As such, the nodes that you get to operate on have a slightly different API.
A utility for converting HTML strings into React components. Avoids the use of dangerouslySetInnerHTML and converts standard HTML elements, attributes and inline styles into their React equivalents.
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npm install @artsy/react-html-parser
# or
yarn add @artsy/react-html-parser


import React from 'react';
import ReactHtmlParser, {
} from 'react-html-parser';

class HtmlComponent extends React.Component {
  render() {
    const html = '<div>Example HTML string</div>';
    return <div>{ReactHtmlParser(html)}</div>;


function ReactHtmlParser(html, [options])

Takes an HTML string and returns equivalent React elements


import ReactHtmlParser from 'react-html-parser';


  • html: The HTML string to parse
  • options: Options object
- transform (function): Transform function that is applied to every node - preprocessNodes (function): Pre-process the nodes generated by DOMParser

Transform Function

The transform function will be called for every node that is parsed by the library.
function transform(node, index)
  • node: The node being parsed. This is a plain Node /
Element as otherwise generated by the browser.

Return Types

return null Returning null will prevent the node and all of it's children from being rendered.
function transform(node) {
  // do not render any <span> tags
  if (node.nodeType === Node.ELEMENT_NODE && node.tagName === 'SPAN') {
    return null;

return undefined If the function does not return anything, or returns undefined, then the default behaviour will occur and the parser will continue was usual.
return React element React elements can be returned directly
import React from 'react';
function transform(node) {
  if (node.nodeType === Node.ELEMENT_NODE && node.tagName === 'B') {
    return <div>This was a bold tag</div>;

preprocessNodes Function

Allows pre-processing the nodes generated from the html by DOMParser before being passed to the library and converted to React elements.
function preprocessNodes(nodes)
  • nodes: The entire node tree generated by DOMParser.
Return type
The preprocessNodes function should return a valid DOMParser node tree.

function convertNodeToElement(node, index, transform)

Processes a node and returns the React element to be rendered. This function can be used in conjunction with the previously described transform function to continue to process a node after modifying it.


import { convertNodeToElement } from 'react-html-parser';


  • node: The node to process
  • index (number): The index of the node in relation to it's parent
  • transform: The transform function as described above

import { convertNodeToElement } from 'react-html-parser';
function transform(node, index) {
  // convert <ul> to <ol>
  if (node.nodeType === Node.ELEMENT_NODE && node.tagName === 'UL') {
    node.name = 'ol';
    return convertNodeToElement(node, index, transform);