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Generate a unique identifier for React components, useful when assinging htmlFor and id for label + input combinations

Unique Id Mixin by @andrewray

This ReactJS mixin adds component methods letting you generate unique IDs for your current component. This is useful when you need to assign for="" attributes for labels and their respective inputs.


npm install unique-id-mixin --save-dev

Example Usage

var UniqeIdMixin = require('unique-id-mixin');

var Component = React.createClass({

    mixins: [ UniqeIdMixin ],

    render: function() {

        <label htmlFor={ this.getNextUid( 'unique-string' ) }>Label</label>
        <input id={ this.getNextUid( 'unique-string' ) } type="text" />



The above can be a bit verbose to type, and has the problem that you need to duplicate the string between each HTML element. There is also a convenience method that will generate UIDs every other call. The first two calls will return the same UID, then the next two calls will return a new UID, etc.

<!-- Both function calls return the same UID -->
<label htmlFor={ this.getNextHtmlFor() }>Label</label>
<input id={ this.getNextHtmlFor() } type="text" />

<!-- Both calls now return the same UID, but different than above -->
<label htmlFor={ this.getNextHtmlFor() }>Label</label>
<input id={ this.getNextHtmlFor() } type="text" />


this.getNextUid( identifier:String )

Returns a UID generated using the identifier. If identifier has already been passed, the cached UID will be returned.


Returns a UID which changes every other call.