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Joseph Morgan
Published in : 2021-12-02

[Solved] Cannot read properties of null (reading 'getBoundingClientRect')

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TypeError: Cannot read properties of null (reading 'getBoundingClientRect') in Reactjs , I am facing this issue when I am trying to use the function on a Ref on router change for example I want to scroll down for a specific element when the Hash added to the link, so I am using a function called history.listen and scrolling down is using body.scrollTo and I am getting the position of the element in the using this.myRef.current.getBoundingClientRect() but the issue that sometimes when i move between pages and then come back to that page and add the hash I get this issue which is attached in the screenshot below, 
the code is 

import React from 'react';import { withRouter } from 'react-router-dom';import { Box, Container, Typography, withStyles,} from '@material-ui/core';import About from './About';import Locations from './Locations';const styles = (theme) => ({ root:{ }, breadcrumbs:{ padding: '15px 0px 18px 0px', }, link:{ textTransform: 'uppercase', color: theme.palette.text.primary, }, lockContainer:{ backgroundColor: 'rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2)', display: 'flex', alignItems: 'center', justifyContent: 'center', [theme.breakpoints.up('md')]:{ minHeight: '300px', width: '100%' }, [theme.breakpoints.down('md')]:{ minHeight: '200px', }, borderRadius: '15px' },});class Details extends React.Component { state = { currentTab: 0, tabs: [], scrollTopVal: 0, }; constructor(props){ super(props); this.myRef = React.createRef(); } scrollTo = (id) => { // console.log(id); let headerOffset = this.props.headerHeight+64; let body = window.document.getElementById('main-Content'); var elementPosition = null; if(id === '#about'){ elementPosition = this.myRef.current.getBoundingClientRect().top - headerOffset + this.state.scrollTopVal; if (!elementPosition) return false; console.log(elementPosition); return body.scrollTo({ top: elementPosition, behavior: "smooth" }); } } isInViewportRef(el, offset = -100) { if (!el) return false; const top = el?.getBoundingClientRect().top - (this.props.headerHeight+64); // console.log(top); if(top < 50 && top >= 0){ return true; }else{ return false; } } componentDidMount(){ this.props.history.listen((location) => { if(location.hash){ this.scrollTo(location.hash); } }); } render(){ const { classes } = this.props; return( <div style={{backgroundColor: '#fff'}}> {/* Start of Content */} <Container maxWidth="lg"> { <div ref={this.myRef}> <Box mt={6}> <About company={} /> </Box> </div> : null } { <Box mt={2}> { === 0? <div ref={this.myRef1}> <Box> <Typography variant="h3" style={{ fontWeight: '600' }} color="textPrimary"> Locations </Typography> <Box className={classes.lockContainer} mt={3}> <img src=/static/Lock.png style={{ maxWidth: '100%' }} alt="lock"/> </Box> </Box> </div> : || <div ref={this.myRef1}> <Locations company={} /> </div> : <Box py={5}> <div ref={this.myRef1}> <Typography variant="h3" style={{ fontWeight: '600' }} color="textPrimary"> Locations </Typography> <Typography variant="h5" style={{ textAlign: 'center', paddingBottom: '30px' }}> Information is not provided by this vendor </Typography> </div> </Box> } </Box> } {/* <RatingInformation /> */} {/* <RattingCustomerService /> */} </Container> {/* End of Content */} </div> ); }}export default withRouter(withStyles(styles)(Details));

Anyone can help please?


Mohamed Atef Date : 2021-12-02

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Hello there,
there is one step you can do so when the router change & the section Ref is null, it will not apply the function of scrolling down until there is a value of the Refs, 
this gonna be by adding a condition before the scrolling function so this.myRef should contain a value to execute the function 

 this.props.history.listen((location) => { if(location.hash){ if(!this.myRef.current){ return null; } this.scrollTo(location.hash); } });

Good luck :)

Joseph Morgan Date : 2021-12-02

Cannot Believe it's WORKING !!
Thank you man, you are awesome 

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