Refs are created using React.createRef() and attached to React elements via the ref attribute. Refs are commonly assigned to an instance property when a component is constructed so they can be referenced throughout the component.

class MyComponent extends React.Component {
  constructor(props) {
    this.myRef = React.createRef();  }
  render() {
    return <div ref={this.myRef} />;  }
This code uses a ref to store a reference to a DOM node:

class CustomTextInput extends React.Component {
  constructor(props) {
    // create a ref to store the textInput DOM element
    this.textInput = React.createRef();    this.focusTextInput = this.focusTextInput.bind(this);

  focusTextInput() {
    // Explicitly focus the text input using the raw DOM API
    // Note: we're accessing "current" to get the DOM node
    this.textInput.current.focus();  }

  render() {
    // tell React that we want to associate the <input> ref
    // with the `textInput` that we created in the constructor
    return (
          ref={this.textInput} />        <input
          value="Focus the text input"
You can pass callback refs between components like you can with object refs that were created with React.createRef().

function CustomTextInput(props) {
  return (
      <input ref={props.inputRef} />    </div>

class Parent extends React.Component {
  render() {
    return (
        inputRef={el => this.inputElement = el}      />

React doesnt work that way, youll need to use a ref:

import React, { Component, createRef } from 'react';
import './main.styles.scss';
import { createChart } from 'lightweight-charts';

const chart = createChart(twoC, {
  width: 1200,
  height: 600,

class Main extends Component {
  // Create the ref
  ref = createRef();
  componentDidMount() {
    // After the first render
    console.log(this.ref.current); // Gets the current HTML element thats rendered

  render() {
    return (
      <div className="main">
        <div className="trading">
          <div className="box one">1</div>
          // Set the ref on this element
          <div className="box twoC" id="twoCharts" ref={this.ref}></div>
        <div className="charts">
          <div className="box three">3</div>
          <div className="box four">4</div>

export default Main;

You should use ref to select only the element that your ProgressCircle is creating:

import React, {
} from 'react';
import $ from 'jquery';
import './App.css';

class ProgressCircle extends Component {
    constructor(props) {
        // create a ref to store the textInput DOM element
        this.progressFillRef = React.createRef();

    componentDidMount() {
        $('.enter').click(function() {
            setTimeout(function() {
                    "width": this.props.ability
                }, 1000);
            }.bind(this), 6000);
    render() {
        return (
            <div className = "progress" >
                <div className = "progressFill"ref = {this.progressFillRef} >

export default ProgressCircle;

Create a ref in the parent component and pass it to the wrapped one and use it as targets :

import React, { PureComponent } from "react";
import anime from "animejs/lib/";

function withAnimation(WrappedComponent) {
  return class extends PureComponent {
    constructor() {

      // create DOM reference
      this.target1 = React.createRef();

    handleAnimation = () => {
        targets: this.target1,
        translateY: [-30, 0],
        easing: "easeInOutQuad",
        duration: 2000

    componentWillMount() {

    setTarget = el => {
      this.target1 = el;

    render() {
      return <WrappedComponent setTarget={this.setTarget} {...this.props} />;

const WrappedComponent = props => {
  return <div ref={el => props.setTarget(el)}>Animate me</div>;

export default withAnimation;

React ref will work here.

class SomeComp extends React.Component{

    this.carRef = React.createRef(); //create ref
          <BannerComponent  carRef={this.carRef}/> //pass ref in Banner Component to attach it to required DOM.
          <CarouselComponent carRef={this.carRef}/> //pass ref to CarouselComponent  to use it

Also, following the React documentation, you need to create a ref to access the DOM node like in the code below:

class MenuCard extends Component {
  constructor(props) {
    this.myRef = React.createRef();

  componentDidMount() {
    const script = document.createElement('script');
    script.src = ''
    script.async = false;
    script.innerHTML = JSON.stringify({
        "container_id": "tv-medium-widget",
        "symbols": [
        "greyText": "Quotes by",
        "gridLineColor": "rgba(182, 182, 182, 0.65)",
        "fontColor": "rgba(0, 0, 0, 1)",
        "underLineColor": "rgba(60, 120, 216, 1)",
        "trendLineColor": "rgba(60, 120, 216, 1)",
        "width": "100%",
        "height": "100%",
        "locale": "en"

  render() {
    <div className="tradingview-widget-container" ref={this.myRef}>
        <div className="tradingview-widget-container__widget"></div>    

For your problem about creating a state or not, you can avoid it by, when submitting the form, reading each of the inputs value. Each input can be accessed using React ref propertie. But you'll have to bind each of the inputs:

<input type="text" ref={(input) => { this.textInput = input; }} />

Create a ref to be attached to a dom element

textareaRef = React.createRef();

// will use our ref to focus the element
focusTextarea = () => {

handleSubmit = () => {
  const { selectorValues } = this.state;
  if (!selectorValues.length) {
    // call our focusTextarea function when selectorValues is empty
  this.setState({ submittedSelectorValues: selectorValues });

// attach our ref to Textarea
<Textarea ref={this.textareaRef} />


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React.Component Reference UNSAFE_componentWillMount()

React.Component Reference componentDidCatch()

React.Component Reference static getDerivedStateFromError()

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React.Component Reference shouldComponentUpdate()

React.Component Reference componentWillUnmount()

React.Component Reference componentDidUpdate()

React.Component Reference componentDidMount()

React.Component Reference constructor()

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React.Component Overview

Render Props Caveats Be careful when using Render Props with React.PureComponent

React Render Props Using Props Other Than render

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React Render Props

React Hooks FAQ Performance Optimizations How to read an often-changing value from useCallback?

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