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Knockout Undo-Redo

Generic undo/redo history-management for knockout observables.


$ npm install knockout-undoredo


Heads up: knockout-undoredo is only available via npm, thus it expects to be run in an node.js environment with require() and everything. If you want to use it in the browser you'll have to browserify the final code.

import ko from 'knockout';
import UndoManager from 'knockout-undoredo';
class ViewModel {
    constructor() { = ko.observable('Obama');
        this.message = ko.pureComputed(() => `Thanks ${}`);
const vm = new ViewModel();
// Connect your viewmodel with the undomanager 
const undomanager = new UndoManager(vm);
// ... and later 
console.log(vm.message()); // Thanks Obama'Trump');
console.log(vm.message()); // Thanks Trump 
console.log(vm.message()); // Thanks Obama 
console.log(vm.message()); // Thanks Trump 

Create changesets as an undo/redo step

knockout-undoredo has the ability to collect multiple changes over a defined time as a changeset. These collections will be merged to just one undo/redo step in the history timeline.

// ... 
const undomanager = new UndoManager(vm, {throttle: 300});
console.log(vm.message()); // Thanks Obama'Trump');'Clinton');
console.log(vm.message()); // Thanks Clinton 
console.log(vm.message()); // Thanks Obama 

Constructor Options

Prop Type Default Description
throttle integer 300 Timeout in which changes will be collected into a changeset
steps integer 30 Stack size for undoable/redoable changes

Taking manual snapshots

Snapshots are a collection of operations as one undo step. You can configure which operations should be bundled through the throttle contructor option. Besides that you can always manually trigger a snapshot through undomanager.takeSnapshot():

// ... 
const undomanager = new UndoManager(vm, {throttle: 300});
console.log(vm.message()); // Thanks Obama'Trump');
// Take an early snapshot 
console.log(vm.message()); // Thanks Clinton 
console.log(vm.message()); // Thanks Trump 

Skipping observables

By default all enumerable properties of an object will be subscribed to. If you want to skip a knockout obersvable you can modify the object's enumerable property:

Object.defineProperty(obj, 'key', {
  enumerable: false,

If you are one of the lucky guys who can make use of ES2016+ features in your code (i.e. through babel) you can simply import the nonenumerable decorator from the core-decorators module, or anything alike.

import {nonenumerable} from 'core-decorators';
class Example {
    unobserved = ko.observable();

That way you can still explicitly reference the variable in your code, but it won't be collected by for-loops and Object.keys, Object.values or Object.entries respectively. Remember that it'll still be visible to Object.getOwnPropertyNames!


  • Implement proper garbage collection for old listeners (2016-11-24)
  • Make knockout-undoredo's properties observable themselves. (steps, throttle, past, future, subscriptions, recording) (2016-11-24)
  • implement hasUndo() and hasRedo(), as an observable of course (2016-12-06)