Dynamically import class with no SSR in Next.js

In this tutorial, I will show you how to dynamically import class with no SSR in Next.js.

Probably you already have seen this Next.js documentation regarding dynamically importing component with no SSR. But the problem with this is that it can only be used on React components, but what if we need to dynamically import a non-React component class?

This guide will show you how. I will use FullCalendar plugin called FullCalendar interaction as this has a class that I need to dynamically import to make it work. (READ: How to use FullCalendar in Next.js)

Step 1: Initialize a Next.js project

Initialize a Next.js project by running the following commands in the terminal.

mkdir import-class-nextjs
cd import-class-nextjs
touch package.json

Paste the following inside package.json that we have created.

  "scripts": {
    "dev": "next",
    "build": "next build",
    "start": "next start"

Install the necessary Next.js packages by running the following command in the terminal.

npm install --save next react react-dom

Let’s create an index or landing page for our project using the following commands.

mkdir pages
touch pages/index.js

Page the following inside pages/index.js that we have created.

export default function Home() {
  return <div>Welcome to Next.js!</div>

This is just a simple component for our landing page which just returns a single div component.

Step 2: Dynamically import class with no SSR

Install the package that you need. In this example, we are going to use FullCalendar interaction plugin.

npm install --save @fullcalendar/core @fullcalendar/interaction

If you tried to import this the usual way (import interactionPlugin from '@fullcalendar/interaction') you will get an error Element is not defined as Element is non-existent on the server side rendering.

The solution is to make sure that the window is already defined when you import the package.

Since Next.js is a React framework we can take advantage of using componentDidMount if you are using class components or useEffect when using functional components.

The importing of package can be written as follows.

import { useEffect } from 'react'

export default function Home() {

  useEffect(() => {
  }, [])

  let dynamicallyImportPackage = async () => {
    const FullCalendarInteraction = await import('@fullcalendar/interaction')

    // you can now use the package in here

  return <div>Welcome to Next.js!</div>

That’s it, we have now successfully imported a non-React component class with no SSR in Next.js.