To complete the login flow we are going to need to do two more things.

  1. Redirect the user to the homepage after they login.
  2. And redirect them back to the login page after they logout.

We are going to use the withRouter HOC and the this.props.history.push method that comes with React Router v4.

Redirect to Home on Login

To use it in our src/containers/Login.js, let’s replace the line that exports our component.

export default Login;

with the following:

export default withRouter(Login);

Also, import withRouter in the header.

import { withRouter } from 'react-router-dom';

This Higher-Order Component adds the history prop to our component. Now we can redirect using the this.props.history.push method.


Our updated handleSubmit method in src/containers/Login.js should look like this:

handleSubmit = async (event) => {

  try {
    const userToken = await this.login(this.state.username, this.state.password);
  catch(e) {

Now if you head over to your browser and try logging in, you should be redirected to the homepage after you’ve been logged in.

React Router v4 redirect home after login screenshot

Redirect to Login After Logout

Now we’ll do something very similar for the logout process. Since we are already using the withRouter HOC for our App component, we can go ahead and add the bit that does the redirect.

Add the following to the bottom of the handleLogout method in our src/App.js.


So our handleLogout method should now look like this.

handleLogout = (event) => {
  const currentUser = this.getCurrentUser();

  if (currentUser !== null) {



This redirects us back to the login page once the user logs out.

Now if you switch over to your browser and try logging out, you should be redirected to the login page.

You might have noticed while testing this flow that since the login call has a bit of a delay, we might need to give some feedback to the user that the login call is in progress. Let’s do that next.