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Shared, synchronous, independent state for JavaScript apps.

Basically re-implemented the Redux API without ES6 syntax and some of the top-level API exports. atom also has no dependencies and is ~3 KB unminified and uncompressed!


  1. You're application state is hidden within the atom function. It cannot be mutated outside of the atom function.
  2. To affect your state, you need to dispatch an "action".
  3. An "action" can be just a string, or an object or any value you want. Though, a Flux Standard Action is recommended.
  4. You define one or more "reducer" functions that accept the current state and action and return a new state.
  5. You can subscribe any # of "listeners" that are called after your reducers return a new state.

The main differences of atom from redux:

  1. atom comes with a built-in setState reducer for fast prototyping
  2. atom accepts an array of reducers without an extra utility like redux
  3. you can also dispatch an array of actions in a single batch
  4. "thunks" are supported without middleware
  5. There is no middleware! Middleware is considered dangerous as it introduces a layer in which actions could be mutated or state changes are less obvious


function counter(action, state) {
  switch (action.type) {
    case "INCREMENT":
      return state + 1;
    case "DECREMENT":
      return state - 1;
      return function (dispatch) {
        setTimeout(function () {
          dispatch({ type: "INCREMENT" });
        }, 1000);
      return state;

var store = atom(counter, 0);

store.subscribe(function () {

store.dispatch({ type: "INCREMENT" }); // 1
store.dispatch({ type: "INCREMENT" }); // 2
store.dispatch({ type: "DECREMENT" }); // 1
store.dispatch({ type: "INCREMENT_ASYNC" }); // 2

With React (or Preact, or similar)

class Main extends Component {
  constructor() {
    // Copy your entire atom state to this Main component.
    this.state = store.getState();

  componentDidMount() {
    // Sync your atom state with this component's state
    store.subscribe(() => this.setState(store.getState()));

  render(_, state) {
    // Pass the state object down to your child components as props
    return <Child {...state}></Child>;

That's it! And within your child components you can call store.dispatch to update the atom state and have it sync to the Main component which will then pass the updated state object down to all of your child components!

See Also

Simple Routing Example

WithState Component

HoC that builds Actions and Reducers on the fly

useMappedState hook

useStorePath hook


atom(reducers[, initialState])

Creates your atom "store" that contains your application state. Returns an Object with methods for interacting with your state. You can pass an array of reducers as well. Each one will be called with the actions, and the returned state will be given to the next reducer in the array. That means the order of your reducers may be of importance!

reducer(action, state)

A function that accepts function(action, state) and returns the potentially modified state. You can also return a function with the signature function(dispatch) for performing asynchronous tasks before modifying the state. When your async task completes, the passed in dispatch function can be called with an "action" that results your reducer returning a new state. The parameter order is the opposite of Redux to accommodate currying.

Store API

dispatch(action[, action1, action2, ...])

This calls your "reducers" with the given "action" and the current state. Optionally, you can pass in as many actions as you want as aguments and they will be handled in the order given. Your "subscribed" listeners will not be called until all actions have been processed.


Add a function to be called anytime after your "reducer" has returned a new state. This is useful for logging changes or syncing to your storage or database.

You can add as many listeners as you would like. Returns a function that when called will unsubscribe the listener.


Remove the given listener so it's no longer called after state changes.


Returns the current state. Useful for calling within a subscribed listener.


Calls a simple internal reducer that will merge the passed in state with the existing state.


Add another reducer to your store, that will be called when an action is dispatched.

Debugging with Redux Devtools

Make sure to have Redux devtools extension installed.

import atom from "atom";
import devtools from "atom/devtools";

const store =
  process.env.NODE_ENV === "production"
    ? atom(reducers, initialState)
    : devtools(atom(reducers, initialState));

// ...

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