Use Hook in React 18

With React 18, a brand-new experimental feature called the use hook was released. It is intended to facilitate state management and make it simpler to reuse code across many components.

You can design a unique hook using the use hook that can be used to numerous components. As a result, you can isolate out complex logic and state management into a single hook that you can reuse throughout various components of your application.

You must first define a custom hook using the use keyword and a function name before you can utilize the use hook. Like the useState hook, this function will return an array of values.

import { use } from 'react';

function useCounter(initialCount = 0) {
  const [count, setCount] = use(() => {
    let state = initialCount;
    function increment() {
    function decrement() {
    return [state, { increment, decrement }];
  return { count, ...actions };

The useCounter hook in this example accepts an optional beginning count value and returns an object with the current count as well as the methods increment and decrement.

A new state variable named state is created by the use hook and given the initial count value. The setCount function, which is made available by the use hook, is then called by two functions that are defined to update the count value.

The use hook then returns an object containing the two methods and an array with the current count value.

To use the useCounter hook in a component, you simply call the hook and destructure the returned values:

function MyComponent() {
  const { count, increment, decrement } = useCounter();

  return (
      <p>Count: {count}</p>
      <button onClick={increment}>Increment</button>
      <button onClick={decrement}>Decrement</button>

In this example, the MyComponent function calls the useCounter hook to get the current count value and the increment and decrement methods. These values are then used in the component's render function to display the current count and to provide buttons to increment and decrement the count.

Overall, the use hook is a powerful new feature in React that makes it easier to create reusable and modular code. By abstracting away complex logic and state management into custom hooks, you can create more flexible and maintainable applications. However, since the use hook is still an experimental feature, it should be used with caution and always with the latest version of React.

Zubair Ahmed

Published on 2023-02-27

Zubair Ahmed

I'm a developer, an entrepreneur, an ambitious tweaker, author, traveller and over-scrutinizer 😝 . I work at RAZRLAB as the Chief Technology Officer.