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Array push returns length

this.state.myArray.push('new value') returns the length of the extended array, instead of the array itself.Array.prototype.push().

I guess you expect the returned value to be the array.


It seems it's rather the behaviour of React:

NEVER mutate this.state directly, as calling setState() afterwards may replace the mutation you made. Treat this.state as if it were immutable.React.Component.

I guess, you would do it like this (not familiar with React):

var joined = this.state.myArray.concat('new value');
this.setState({ myArray: joined })


I guess this is a little bit late for an answer but for those new to react

You can use this tiny package called immer

see this example:


you are breaking React principles, you should clone the old state then merge it with the new data, you shouldn't manipulate your state directly, your code should go like this

fetch('http://localhost:8080').then(response => response.json()).then(json ={this.setState({mystate[...this.state.mystate, json]}) })


In the following way we can check and update the objects

this.setState(prevState => ({
    Chart: this.state.Chart.length !== 0 ? [...prevState.Chart,data[data.length - 1]] : data


  setState([...prevState, {

Was working with the dropdowns and wanted to implement this scenario there, i found this simple solution for dropdown with multiple values.



if u also want ur UI (ie. ur flatList) to be up to date, use PrevState: in the example below if user clicks on the button , it is going to add a new object to the list( both in the model and UI)

data: ['shopping','reading'] // declared in constructor
onPress={() => {this.setState((prevState, props) => {
return {data: [new obj].concat( };


This Code work for me :

  .then(response => response.json())
  .then(json => {
  this.setState({mystate: this.state.mystate.push.apply(this.state.mystate, json)})


Using react hooks, you can do following way

const [countryList, setCountries] = useState([]);

setCountries((countryList) => [


You can use .concat method to create copy of your array with new data:

this.setState({ myArray: this.state.myArray.concat('new value') })

But beware of special behaviour of .concat method when passing arrays - [1, 2].concat(['foo', 3], 'bar') will result in [1, 2, 'foo', 3, 'bar'].


Here you can not push the object to a state array like this. You can push like your way in normal array. Here you have to set the state,

     myArray: [...this.state.myArray, 'new value'] 


You should not be operating the state at all. At least, not directly. If you want to update your array, you'll want to do something like this.

var newStateArray = this.state.myArray.slice();
newStateArray.push('new value');
this.setState(myArray: newStateArray);

Working on the state object directly is not desirable. You can also take a look at React's immutability helpers.


Functional Components & React Hooks

const [array,setArray] = useState([]);

Push value at the end:

setArray(oldArray => [...oldArray,newValue] );

Push value at the start:

setArray(oldArray => [newValue,...oldArray] );


Never recommended to mutate the state directly.

The recommended approach in later React versions is to use an updater function when modifying states to prevent race conditions:

Push string to end of the array

this.setState(prevState => ({
  myArray: [...prevState.myArray, "new value"]

Push string to beginning of the array

this.setState(prevState => ({
  myArray: ["new value", ...prevState.myArray]

Push object to end of the array

this.setState(prevState => ({
  myArray: [...prevState.myArray, {"name": "object"}]

Push object to beginning of the array

this.setState(prevState => ({
  myArray: [ {"name": "object"}, ...prevState.myArray]


Using es6 it can be done like this:

this.setState({ myArray: [...this.state.myArray, 'new value'] }) //simple value
this.setState({ myArray: [...this.state.myArray, ...[1,2,3] ] }) //another array

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