A JavaScript library for managing application state


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A JavaScript library for managing application state.

It helps you to enforce unidirectional data flow in your application, by allowing you to:

  • Subscribe to changes to the application state
  • Update the state in a serial and immutable fashion


You can install this library using npm.

npm install --save @bigcommerce/data-store


This library requires Promise polyfill if you need to support older browsers, such as IE11.

You may need to create Observables when using this library (please refer to the usage section). We recommend you to use rxjs until the time comes when you can create them natively.


Create a store

import { createDataStore } from '@bigcommerce/data-store';

const reducer = (state, action) => {
    switch (action.type) {
    case 'INCREMENT':
        return { ...state, count: state.count + 1 };

    case 'UPDATE_COUNT':
        return { ...state, count: action.payload };

        return state;

const initialState = { count: 0 };
const store = createDataStore(reducer, initialState);

To update the current state

import { createAction } from '@bigcommerce/data-store';

store.dispatch(createAction('UPDATE_COUNT', 10)));

To update the state asynchronously, you need to create an observable that emits actions:

import { Observable } from 'rxjs';

const action$ = Observable
    .ajax({ url: '/count' })
    .map(({ response }) => createAction('UPDATE_COUNT', response.count))


To avoid race condition, actions get dispatched in a series unless you specify a different dispatch queue, i.e.:


// The following call does not wait for the previous calls
store.dispatch(action$, { queueId: 'foobar' });

Wrap the observable in a closure if you want to access the store elsewhere but don't have direct access to it (i.e.: inside an action creator):

// In an action creator
function updateAction() {
    return (store) => Observable
        .ajax({ url: '/count' })
        .map(({ response }) => {
            const { count } = store.getState();

            return createAction('UPDATE_COUNT', count + response.count);
// In a component

To do something after an asynchronous dispatch:

const { state } = await store.dispatch(action$);


To subscribe to changes

To changes and render the latest data:

store.subscribe((state) => {

The subscriber will get triggered once when it is first subscribed. And it won't get triggered unless there's a data change.

To filter out irrelevant changes:

// Only trigger the subscriber if `count` changes
    (state) => { console.log(state); },
    (state) => state.count

To transform states and actions

To transform the return value of getState or parameter value of subscribe:

const stateTransformer = (state) => ({ ...state, transformed: true });
const store = createDataStore(reducer, initialState, { stateTransformer });

console.log(store.getState()); // { count: 0, transformed: true }

To transform dispatched actions:

const actionTransformer = (action) => ({ ...action, transformed: true });
const store = createDataStore(reducer, initialState, { actionTransformer });

console.log(store.dispatch(createAction('INCREMENT'))); // { type: 'INCREMENT', transformed: true }


To release:

npm run release

To see other available commands:

npm run



If you find any bugs or have a feature request, please open an issue on github!

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