A minimal, functional history implementation for JavaScript


history is a JavaScript library that lets you easily manage session history in browsers, testing environments, and (soon, via React Native) native devices. history abstracts away the differences in these different platforms and provides a minimal API that lets you manage the history stack, navigate, confirm navigation, and persist state between sessions. history is library-agnostic and may easily be included in any JavaScript project.

Using npm:

$ npm install history

Then with a module bundler like webpack, use as you would anything else:

// using an ES6 transpiler, like babel 
import { createHistory } from 'history'
// not using an ES6 transpiler 
var createHistory = require('history').createHistory

A "history" encapsulates navigation between different screens in your app, and notifies listeners when the current screen changes.

import { createHistory } from 'history'
let history = createHistory()
// Listen for changes to the current location. The 
// listener is called once immediately. 
let unlisten = history.listen(location => {
history.pushState({ the: 'state' }, '/the/path?a=query')
// When you're finished, stop the listener. 

You can find many more examples in the documentation!

A big thank-you to Dan Shaw for letting us use the history npm package name! Thanks Dan!

Also, thanks to BrowserStack for providing the infrastructure that allows us to run our build in real browsers.