React is a declarative, efficient, and flexible JavaScript library for building user interfaces. The full documentation is available at In this tutorial I will show you how to delete the existing resource (REST API DELETE) using React JS framework. The article, ReactJS REST API DELETE Example, will use ready made available REST API for testing purpose. You can also create and deploy your own service using PHP, Codeigniter or Spring, Jersey etc. and call using React JS framework. Here you will see only DELETE example (other HTTP verbs GET, POST, PUT, HEAD, OPTIONS etc.).

You may also like to read ReactJS REST API GET Example ReactJS REST API POST Example ReactJS REST API PUT Example


Knowledge of HTML and JavaScript

Creating React application

Please read the tutorial Create React JS Application before moving forward.


Now we will see step by step how to implement the example using React JS or React framework.

Now delete everything from the directory <drive/folder>/react-rest/src but do not delete src directory.

Create RestController.js file under src directory with below content. Notice that you need to import the required module or component such as import React from ‘react’. I have also declared user array to fill later with REST response data from Learn about componentDidMount() here at The DELETE URI deletes an existing resource in the server. Here we will delete the post that has an id 1.

import React from 'react';

class RestController extends React.Component {
	constructor(props) {
	componentDidMount() {
		fetch('', {
			method: 'DELETE'
	render() {                            
		return (
				<p><b>Resource deleted in the server</b></p>

export default RestController;

Export the RestController at the end of the RestController class so that we can use this class in other modules such as we have used it in below index.js file.

Finally create index.js file under src directory to start up the application.

Here we have called <RestController /> component and writing the output of the RestController to the div id marked as “root”.

Open the file <drive/folder>/react-rest/src/public/index.html, you will find a div with “root” id. Update the title in this file as “React – REST API DELETE Example”.

import React from 'react';
import ReactDOM from 'react-dom';
import RestController from './RestController'
	<RestController />,

Now execute the command npm start from command prompt and you will see the response data after creating the new resource in the server from in browser at http://localhost:3000

Final result

Resource deleted in the server

react rest delete

Thanks for reading.


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