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Create a Coin Flip App with React and JavaScript

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React is an easy to use JavaScript framework that lets us create front end apps.

In this article, we’ll look at how to create a coin flip app with React and JavaScript.

Create the Project

We can create the React project with Create React App.

To install it, we run:

npx create-react-app coin-flip

with NPM to create our React project.

Create the Coin Flip App

To create the coin flip app, we write:

import React, { useMemo, useState } from "react";
const faces = ["heads", "tails"];

export default function App() {
  const [selectedFace, setSelectedFace] = useState("");
  const [coinFlipResult, setCoinFlipResult] = useState("");

  const flip = () => {
    let index;
    if (Math.random() < 0.5) {
      index = 0;
    } else {
      index = 1;

  const computerSelectedFace = useMemo(() => {
    const face = faces.find((f) => f !== selectedFace);
    return face;
  }, [selectedFace]);

  const isWin = useMemo(() => {
    return coinFlipResult === selectedFace;
  }, [coinFlipResult, selectedFace]);

  const showResult = () => {
    if (isWin) {
      return <p>you win</p>;
    return <p>you lost</p>;

  return (
        <h1>select a face</h1>
        <button onClick={() => setSelectedFace("heads")}>heads</button>
        <button onClick={() => setSelectedFace("tails")}>tails</button>
      <p>you selected: {selectedFace}</p>
      <p>computer selected: {computerSelectedFace}</p>
      <button onClick={flip}>flip coin</button>

We first create the faces array which has the 'heads' and 'tails' values that we can pick from.

Then we define the selectedFace and coinFlipResult states to set the selected coin face and the coin flip result respectively.

Next, we have the flip function to call setCoinFlipResult to set the coin flip result.

We do that by picking a value from the faces array randomly.

Next, we define the computerSelectedFace with the useMemo hook.

The callback just picks the face that hasn’t been picked by the player.

We watch the selectedFace value to see which one to pick.

The isWin variable checks if coinFlipResult is the same as selectedFace to determine if the player wins.

Then we have the showResult to return the result to show to the player.

Below that, we have buttons to let the player pick heads or tails when we click them.

Then we show what the player and the computer selected.

And below that, we have the flip coin button to pick the coin face.

And below that, we call showResult to show the result.


We can create a coin flip game easily with React and JavaScript.

By John Au-Yeung

Web developer specializing in React, Vue, and front end development.

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