Our secured pages redirect to the login page when the user is not logged in, with a referral to the originating page. To redirect back after they login, we need to do a couple of more things. Currently, our Login component does the redirecting after the user logs in. We are going to move this to the newly created UnauthenticatedRoute component.

Let’s start by adding a method to read the redirect URL from the querystring.

Add the following method to your src/components/UnauthenticatedRoute.js below the imports.

function querystring(name, url = window.location.href) {
  name = name.replace(/[[]]/g, "\\$&");

  const regex = new RegExp("[?&]" + name + "(=([^&#]*)|&|#|$)", "i");
  const results = regex.exec(url);

  if (!results) {
    return null;
  if (!results[2]) {
    return "";

  return decodeURIComponent(results[2].replace(/\+/g, " "));

This method takes the querystring param we want to read and returns it.

Now let’s update our component to use this parameter when it redirects.

Replace our current UnauthenticatedRoute function component with the following.

export default function UnauthenticatedRoute({ children, ...rest }) {
  const { isAuthenticated } = useAppContext();
  const redirect = querystring("redirect");
  return (
    <Route {...rest}>
      {!isAuthenticated ? (
      ) : (
        <Redirect to={redirect === "" || redirect === null ? "/" : redirect} />

And remove the following from the handleSubmit method in src/containers/Login.js.


Also, remove the hook declaration.

const history = useHistory();

Finally, remove the import.

import { useHistory } from "react-router-dom";

Now our login page should redirect after we login.

Commit the Changes

Let’s commit our code so far and push it to GitHub.

$ git add .
$ git commit -m "Building our React app"
$ git push

And that’s it! Our app is ready to go live.

Next we’ll be looking at how to host our React app! And we’ll do it on our own domain!

We should mention that if you want to use the setup we’ve described so far but want to use a Facebook login, we have a separate chapter on that — Facebook Login with Cognito using AWS Amplify. It builds on what we’ve covered so far.