Unable to access React instance (this) inside event handler


I am writing a simple component in ES6 (with BabelJS), and functions this.setState is not working.

Typical errors include something like

Cannot read property 'setState' of undefined


this.setState is not a function

Do you know why? Here is the code:

import React from 'react'

class SomeClass extends React.Component {
  constructor(props) {
    this.state = {inputContent: 'startValue'}

  sendContent(e) {
    console.log('sending input content '+React.findDOMNode(React.refs.someref).value)

  changeContent(e) {
    this.setState({inputContent: e.target.value})

  render() {
    return (
        <h4>The input form is here:</h4>
        <input type="text" ref="someref" value={this.inputContent} 
          onChange={this.changeContent} /> 
        <button onClick={this.sendContent}>Submit</button>

export default SomeClass


This issue is happening because this.changeContent and onClick={this.sendContent} are not bound to this of the instance of the component .

There is another solution (In addition to use bind() in the constructor() ) to use the arrow functions of ES6 which share the same lexical scope of the surrounding code and maintain this , so you can change your code in render() to be :

render() {
    return (

        <input type="text"
          onChange={ () => this.changeContent() } /> 

        <button onClick={ () => this.sendContent() }>Submit</button>


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