For my latest project, I wanted to change the background color of the active navigation link in the
<Header> when being clicked. When working with
<Link> in React (using React-Router) in the past, I had the possibility to add an
activeClassName to the
<Link> to change the style when being active. But this built-in
<Link>´ is not available in NextJS. Let me show you the differences and how you can add an active class to a` in NextJS.
This special version of the
<Link> tag is called
<NavLink> and adds styling attributes to the rendered element when it matches the current URL. There are two different ways to add styling.
The class is given to the element when it is active by writing:
The default `´ component from NextJS doesn't allow to distinguish between active and non-active links. In NextJS, you can use the built-in router to detect an active link.
I am using the
useRouter hook inside my "Header function component" and created a ternary operator to check if the
<Link> to style matches the currently displayed route.
Here's the code:
For more information on
next/router check out the documentation.
Thanks for your reading and time. I really appreciate it!