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Is there a way to persist a layout for a given set of routes?

September 26, 2018 at 11:04am
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Is there a way to persist a layout for a given set of routes?

September 26, 2018 at 11:04am
I see that you can modify _app.js to persist a layout between pages. But lets say I have a /home, /about, and /login page that I don't want a persisted layout. But then I have /dashboard /dashboard/clients /dashboard/statistics where I want a dashboard layout to persist. Is there a way to achieve this? Thanks :)

September 26, 2018 at 11:15am
idk what you mean by "persist", but you don't have to have the layout in _app.js, it can be a separate component that your pages use. In fact, it's not exactly a great idea to build a layout inside _app.js

September 26, 2018 at 7:19pm
I'd recommend passing your routes down to the component you're persisting, and have it render null when it's rendered on pages you'd rather it not be.

September 27, 2018 at 10:30pm
The most interesting way of doing this, which I don't think anyone implemented yet, is by adding a static property on the page component and then reading that in _app.js
I actually do this! After a conversation with you ;)

September 28, 2018 at 11:40am
Hmm interesting! Thanks for the idea. Is there a next example repo demonstrating this??
Oh I guess it's as simple as passing a function from _app.js down haha. Sometimes when trying something new things seem like magic. Glad next is so simple. Thanks for this idea!
Here's an example:
import React from 'react'
export default class Error extends React.Component {
static getInitialProps ({ res, err }) {
const statusCode = res ? res.statusCode : err ? err.statusCode : null
return { statusCode }
static isErrorPage = true
render () {
return (
? `An error ${this.props.statusCode} occurred on server`
: 'An error occurred on client'}
import App, { Container } from 'next/app'
import Layout from 'components/Layout'
export default class MyApp extends App {
static async getInitialProps ({ Component, router, ctx }) {
let pageProps = {}
if (Component.getInitialProps) {
pageProps = await Component.getInitialProps(ctx)
return { pageProps }
render () {
const { Component, pageProps } = this.props
return (
? (
<Component {...pageProps} />
: (
<Component {...pageProps} />
This renders the Layout component everywhere except the custom error page.
Love it thank you for sharing this
Agreed, thanks for sharing an example!
Just to ward off any future bugs: make sure any HOCs you make/add around your pages use hoist-non-react-statics, so those properties don't get lost!

September 29, 2018 at 11:52am
Also I wanted to clear up that it's probably better to do static Layout = YourComponent instead of passing up a true/false value, as that wouldn't scale if you have multiple layouts, or multiple conditions
Say if you have 2 or 3 layouts they'd all be shipped in _app.js to the client side, whereas when using static Layout = YourComponent would only have the specific layout needed to render the page
Using static Layout is also more flexible as the page defines what layout to render and it can be wrapped etc
Alternatively you could use next/dynamic to only load the javascript that has been rendered in _app.js

October 8, 2018 at 6:31pm
Wow this great thank you
This would probably make a great first contribution, i.e.

October 9, 2018 at 3:20am
How can I access these static property in "routeChangeStart(url)" event?
Do you have an example for that?

October 10, 2018 at 3:59pm
In _app.js
<Component { ...pageProps} />
In pages/mypage.js
const MyPage = () => <div></div>
MyPage.Layout = MyLayout;
MyPage.getInitialProps = async () => ({});
export default MyPage;

August 15, 2019 at 10:20am
I really like this solution. Wrote a little type to make typescript stop complaining. But fairly uncertain these are correct.
type LayoutComponent = NextComponentType<NextPageContext, any, any> & {
Layout?: any;
interface Props extends AppProps {
Component: LayoutComponent;
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