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Manage browser history with 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.

For questions and support, please visit our channel on Reactiflux or Stack Overflow. The issue tracker is exclusively for bug reports and feature requests.

Using npm:

$ npm install --save 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

The UMD build is also available on npmcdn:

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You can find the library on window.History.

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

import { createHistory } from 'history'
const history = createHistory()
// Listen for changes to the current location. The 
// listener is called once immediately. 
const unlisten = history.listen(location => {
  pathname: '/the/path',
  search: '?a=query',
  state: { the: 'state' }
// 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.