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@filingroove/react-view-slot is a small utility library that allows you to render inside another component space within same react component tree. Allowing for more modular approach in your applications.

This is a fork or the original library made to work with newer versions of React.

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Install using your package manager:

npm install --save @filingroove/react-view-slot

yarn add @filingroove/react-view-slot


The latest version compatible with React < 18 is 1.0.6 and it worked for me just fine. I will not maintain a v1 branch. Version 2 is only for React@^18


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@filingroove/react-view-slot provides you with a notion of a Slot and a Plug.


Slot is a named place where other components can mount to. Slots can then configure how the registered plugs are rendered. A single slot can have more than one plug or none at all.

Slots can also provide parameters to plugs, such as current user or any other contextual information.


Plugs are the connections to the named slot. A single plug can connect only to a single slot.

Plugs are not only limited to render a React element, they can, for example return a JS object to slot.

Use cases

Using slots is very useful if you want to have better separation of concerns, have dynamic bundles or simply want to have a modular design.


  • Does it work with Redux/MobX?

    react-view-slot is completely store-agnostic.

    One thing you should keep in mind is the store-coupling when splitting your application. Other than that, your plugs are inside the same react tree as the store providers, so there should be no problem using the store from plugs.


  • Written in TypeScript with type-safe API
  • Lightweight (~120 LoC uncompressed JS)
  • Flexible - you can use slots for anything from Views to Menu items

Getting started

Basic usage

react-slot-view use React context under the hood, therefore a provider is required to work.

import { SlotProvider } from '@filingroove/react-view-slot';

const Application = () => (
    {/*your application*/}

After adding the provider, create a pair of Slot and Plug components. To do this you can use createSlotAndPlug function:

import {createSlotAndPlug} from '@filingroove/react-view-slot';

// Create a pair of slot and plug
const [HeaderSlot, HeaderPlug] = createSlotAndPlug('header');

const MainPage = () => (
    {/* can be in another component */}
    <HeaderSlot />

    {/* can be in another component */}
    <HeaderPlug id="example">
      <p>Hello from plug</p>

You can also create a slot component using createSlot(name) function. To connect to created slot you can use <YourSlot.Plug> component.


Your slots can pass parameters object to plugs. Structure of params object can be passed to createSlotAndPlug and createSlot functions as a type parameter.

interface ASlotParams {
  id: number;

const [ASlot, APlug] = createSlotAndPlug<ASlotParams>('a');

Pass parameters using params props on Slot component:

<ASlot params={{id: 5}} />

Then, to receive parameters from plugs, use render function:

<APlug id="example">
 {params => (<span>id: {params.id}</span>)}

To customize parameters for each plug, pass render function to Slot component:

  {plugs => (
      {plugs.map((Plug, index) => (
        <Plug key={Plug.id} id={index} />

Non-view slots

You can create a slot that requires plugs to return object of specified type (not only a react view). To do this, you can expected type as a second template argument to createSlotAndPlug and createSlot functions.

For example, to create a customizable user-dropdown menu item slot:

// user affected
interface UserDropdownSlotParams {
  selectedUser: User;

// e.g. a menu item
interface UserDropdownSlotResult {
  name: string;
  icon: string;
  onClick: () => void;

const [UserDropdownSlot, UserDropdownPlug] = createSlotAndPlug<UserDropdownSlotParams, UserDropdownSlotResult>('userdropdown');

Then, pass render function to slot to get plug result and create menu item:

  {plugs => (
      {plugs.map(plug => {
        let menuEntry = plug({selectedUser: {name: 'John'}});

        return (
          <Menu.Item key={plug.id} icon={menuEntry.icon} onClick={menuEntry.onClick} />



Prop Description
name={string} Slot name to render.
maxCount={number?} Limit of plugs to render.
reversed={boolean?} Whenever plugs should be rendered in reverse order.
params={object?} Object containing parameters to plug

Returned component from createSlot and createSlotAndPlug is a <Slot> component with a bound name prop.



Prop Description
slot={string} Slot name to connect to.
id={string} Unique name of plug.
name={string?} User-friendly name of plug (can be used by slot for rendering).
order={number?} Number with requested display order.
deps={any?} List of object to trigger plug update when changed (similar to React.useEffect).
extra={any?} Any other data that should be kept with plug.

Returned component from createSlotAndPlug is a <Plug> component with a bound slot prop.


Instance of a plug. When using a slot with custom render function you receive a list of Plug objects.

A Plug object is a function with additional properties:

Prop Description
plug.slotName Slot name plug is connected to.
plug.id Unique name of plug.
plug.name User-friendly name of plug.
plug.order Number with requested display order.
plug.extra Any other data that should be kept with plug.


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