preloadModule - This feature is available in the latest Canary


The preloadModule function is currently only available in React’s Canary and experimental channels. Learn more about React’s release channels here.


React-based frameworks frequently handle resource loading for you, so you might not have to call this API yourself. Consult your framework’s documentation for details.

preloadModule lets you eagerly fetch an ESM module that you expect to use.

preloadModule("", {as: "script"});


preloadModule(href, options)

To preload an ESM module, call the preloadModule function from react-dom.

import { preloadModule } from 'react-dom';

function AppRoot() {
preloadModule("", {as: "script"});
// ...

See more examples below.

The preloadModule function provides the browser with a hint that it should start downloading the given module, which can save time.


  • href: a string. The URL of the module you want to download.
  • options: an object. It contains the following properties:
    • as: a required string. It must be 'script'.
    • crossOrigin: a string. The CORS policy to use. Its possible values are anonymous and use-credentials.
    • integrity: a string. A cryptographic hash of the module, to verify its authenticity.
    • nonce: a string. A cryptographic nonce to allow the module when using a strict Content Security Policy.


preloadModule returns nothing.


  • Multiple calls to preloadModule with the same href have the same effect as a single call.
  • In the browser, you can call preloadModule in any situation: while rendering a component, in an effect, in an event handler, and so on.
  • In server-side rendering or when rendering Server Components, preloadModule only has an effect if you call it while rendering a component or in an async context originating from rendering a component. Any other calls will be ignored.


Preloading when rendering

Call preloadModule when rendering a component if you know that it or its children will use a specific module.

import { preloadModule } from 'react-dom';

function AppRoot() {
preloadModule("", {as: "script"});
return ...;

If you want the browser to start executing the module immediately (rather than just downloading it), use preinitModule instead. If you want to load a script that isn’t an ESM module, use preload.

Preloading in an event handler

Call preloadModule in an event handler before transitioning to a page or state where the module will be needed. This gets the process started earlier than if you call it during the rendering of the new page or state.

import { preloadModule } from 'react-dom';

function CallToAction() {
const onClick = () => {
preloadModule("", {as: "script"});
return (
<button onClick={onClick}>Start Wizard</button>