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The curly braces are inside the string, so it is being evaluated as string. They need to be outside, so this should work:

<div className={"btn-group pull-right " + (this.props.showBulkActions ? 'show' : 'hidden')}>

Note the space after "pull-right". You don't want to accidentally provide the class "pull-rightshow" instead of "pull-right show". Also the parentheses needs to be there.


A function to return the correct class based on a param (if present)

    let podClass = 'classA'
        case 'B':
            podClass  = 'classB'
        case 'C':
            podClass  = 'classC'
    return podClass

Now just invoke this function from the div where the corresponding class is to be applied.

 <div className={anyOtherClass + this.getClass(param)}

I successfully used this logic to apply the correct color to my bootstrap table rows.


You can use this npm package. It handles everything and has options for static and dynamic classes based on a variable or a function.

// Support for string arguments
getClassNames('class1', 'class2');

// support for Object
getClassNames({class1: true, class2 : false});

// support for all type of data
getClassNames('class1', 'class2', null, undefined, 3, ['class3', 'class4'], { 
    class5 : function() { return false; },
    class6 : function() { return true; }

<div className={getClassNames('show', {class1: true, class2 : false})} /> // "show class1"


Based on the value of this.props.showBulkActions you can switch classes dynamically as follows.

<div ...{...this.props.showBulkActions 
? { className: 'btn-group pull-right show' } 
: { className: 'btn-group pull-right hidden' }}>


I would like to add that you can also use a variable content as a part of the class

<img src={src} alt="Avatar" className={"img-" + messages[key].sender} />

The context is a chat between a bot and a user, and the styles change depending of the sender, this is the browser result:

<img src="http://imageurl" alt="Avatar" class="img-bot">


<div className={"h-3 w-3 rounded-full my-auto " + (index.endDate ==="present"? "bg-green-500":"bg-red-500")}></div>

Don't Forget to add an extra space after the static class names.


This would work for you

var TopicNav = React.createClass({
render: function() {

let _myClasses = `btn-group pull-right {this.props.showBulkActions?'show':'hidden'}`;

return (
            <div className={_myClasses}>


Reference to @split fire answer, we can update it with template literals, which is more readable,For reference Checkout javascript template literal

<div className={`btn-group pull-right ${this.props.showBulkActions ? 'show' : 'hidden'}`}>


simply use this approach--

<div className={`${this.props.showActions ? 'shown' : 'hidden'}`}>

this is much more neat and clean.


This is useful when you have more than one class to append. You can join all classes in array with a space.

const visibility = this.props.showBulkActions ? "show" : ""
<div className={["btn-group pull-right", visibility].join(' ')}>


<div className={['foo', condition && 'bar'].filter(Boolean).join(' ')} />

.filter(Boolean) removes "falsey" values from the array. Since class names must be strings, anything other than that would not be included in the new filtered array.

console.log(  ['foo', true  && 'bar'].filter(Boolean).join(' ')  )
console.log(  ['foo', false && 'bar'].filter(Boolean).join(' ')  )

Above written as a function:

const cx = (...list) => list.filter(Boolean).join(' ')

// usage:
<div className={cx('foo', condition && 'bar')} />

var cx = (...list) => list.filter(Boolean).join(' ')
console.log(  cx('foo', 1 && 'bar', 1 && 'baz')  )
console.log(  cx('foo', 0 && 'bar', 1 && 'baz')  )
console.log(  cx('foo', 0 && 'bar', 0 && 'baz')  )


you can use this:

<div className={"btn-group pull-right" + (this.props.showBulkActions ? ' show' : ' hidden')}>


More elegant solution, which is better for maintenance and readability:

const classNames = ['js-btn-connect'];

if (isSelected) { classNames.push('is-selected'); }

<Element className={classNames.join(' ')}/>



React is lake a lot of utilities. But you don't need any npm package for that. just create somewhere the function classnames and call it when you need it;

function classnames(obj){
  return Object.entries(obj).filter( e => e[1] ).map( e=>e[0] ).join(' ');


function classnames(obj){
 return Object.entries(obj).map( ([cls,enb]) => enb? cls: '' ).join(' ');


  stateClass= {
  classnames(stateClass) // return 'foo pony'

 <div className="foo bar {classnames(stateClass)}"> some content </div>

Just For Inspiration

declaring helper DOM element and using it native toggle method:



const classes = document.createElement('span').classList; 

function classstate(obj){
  for( let n in obj) classes.toggle(n,obj[n]);
 return classes; 


You can use ES6 arrays instead of classnames. The answer is based on Dr. Axel Rauschmayer article: Conditionally adding entries inside Array and object literals.

<div className={[
                 ...Array.from(condition && ["classIfTrue"])
                ].join(" ")} />



<div className="btn-group pull-right {this.props.showBulkActions ? 'show' : 'hidden'}">`


<div className={`btn-group pull-right ${this.props.showBulkActions ? 'show' : 'hidden'}`}


Expending on @spitfire109's fine answer, one could do something like this:

rootClassNames() {
  let names = ['my-default-class'];
  if (this.props.disabled) names.push('text-muted', 'other-class');

  return names.join(' ');

and then within the render function:

<div className={this.rootClassNames()}></div>

keeps the jsx short


Or use npm classnames. It is very easy and useful especially for constructing the list of classes


In case you will need only one optional class name:

<div className={"btn-group pull-right " + (this.props.showBulkActions ? "show" : "")}>


you can simply do the following for example.

let classNameDependsOnCondtion = i18n.language == 'en' ? "classname" : "";

className={`flex flex-col lg:flex-row list-none ${classNameDependsOnCondtion }`}


className={`flex flex-col lg:flex-row list-none ${i18n.language == 'en' ? "classname" : ""}`}


You can use here String literals

const Angle = ({show}) => {

   const angle = `fa ${show ? 'fa-angle-down' : 'fa-angle-right'}`;

   return <i className={angle} />


If you are using a transpiler (such as Babel or Traceur) you can use the new ES6 "template strings".

Here is the answer of @spitfire109, modified accordingly:

<div className={`btn-group pull-right ${this.props.showBulkActions ? 'shown' : 'hidden'}`}>

This approach allows you to do neat things like that, rendering either s-is-shown or s-is-hidden:

<div className={`s-${this.props.showBulkActions ? 'is-shown' : 'is-hidden'}`}>


As others have commented, classnames utility is the currently recommended approach to handle conditional CSS class names in ReactJs.

In your case, the solution will look like:

var btnGroupClasses = classNames(
    'show': this.props.showBulkActions,
    'hidden': !this.props.showBulkActions


<div className={btnGroupClasses}>...</div>

As a side note, I would suggest you to try to avoid using both show and hidden classes, so the code could be simpler. Most likely, you don't need to set a class for something to be shown by default.

2021 addendum: for performance improvement, you can look into clsx as an alternative.

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