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  • Provides access to the last location in react + react-router (v4.x, v5.x) applications.
  • ❤️ Using hooks? If yes, useLastLocation.
  • 💉 Using HOC? - If yes, withLastLocation.
  • Handle redirects.
  • Support TypeScript
  • Useful for handling internal routing.
  • Easily prevent leaving your app by users.


Edit react-router-last-location

Note: Last location != Previous browser history state

This library only returns the location that has been active before the recent location change in the current window lifetime.

This means, it is not equal to the "location that happened before navigating to this history state", or in other words "location to which you'll be redirected upon clicking browser back button".

Example 1

  1. Visit /: last location = null, previous browser history state = null
  2. Visit /a: last location = /, previous browser history state = /
  3. Visit /b: last location = /a, previous browser history state = /a
  4. Reload (url will stay at /b): last location = null, previous browser history state = /a

Example 2

  1. Visit /: last location = null
  2. Visit /a: last location = /
  3. Visit /b: last location = /a
  4. Go back: last location = /b, previous browser history state = /

Example 3

  1. Visit /: last location = null
  2. Visit /a: last location = /
  3. Visit /b: last location = /a
  4. Visit /c: last location = /b
  5. Go back to /a (by selecting that state explicitly in "Go back" browser dropdown that is visible upon clicking it with right mouse button): last location = /c, previous browser history state = /

How to use?

# Please remember that you should have installed react, prop-types and react-router-dom packages 
# npm install react prop-types react-router-dom --save 
npm install react-router-last-location --save

If you still use v1.x.x and would like to use hook useLastLocation, please upgrade to v2.x.x version (don't worry, no breaking changes).

npm install react-router-last-location@^2.0.0
# or 
npm install react-router-last-location@latest

Declare <LastLocationProvider /> inside <Router />.


import React from 'react';
import { render } from 'react-dom';
import { BrowserRouter as Router, Route, Link } from 'react-router-dom';
import { LastLocationProvider } from 'react-router-last-location';
import Home from './pages/Home';
import About from './pages/About';
import Contact from './pages/Contact';
import Logger from './components/Logger';
const App = () => (
          <li><Link to="/">Home</Link></li>
          <li><Link to="/about">About</Link></li>
          <li><Link to="/contact">Contact</Link></li>
        <hr />
        <Route exact path="/" component={Home} />
        <Route path="/about" component={About} />
        <Route path="/contact" component={Contact} />
        <hr />
        <Logger />
render(<App />, document.getElementById('root'));

Use hook useLastLocation to get lastLocation.

./components/Logger, see example

import React from 'react';
import { useLastLocation } from 'react-router-last-location';
const Logger = () => {
  const lastLocation = useLastLocation();
  return (
export default LoggerHooks;

Use HOC withLastLocation to get lastLocation prop.

./components/Logger, see example

import React from 'react';
import { withLastLocation } from 'react-router-last-location';
const Logger = ({ lastLocation }) => (
export default withLastLocation(Logger);

Use RedirectWithoutLastLocation to don't store redirects as last location

import React from 'react';
import { RedirectWithoutLastLocation } from 'react-router-last-location';
const MyPage = () => (
  <RedirectWithoutLastLocation to="/" />
export default MyPage;

You can still use regular <Redirect /> component from react-router but then you need to pass manually the state: { preventLastLocation: true }, like below:

import React from 'react';
import { Redirect } from 'react-router-dom';
const MyPage = () => (
      pathname: '/',
      state: { preventLastLocation: true },
export default MyPage;



watchOnlyPathname, type: boolean, default: false

Stores the last route only when pathname has changed.


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