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    What is this?

    Re-base is a great Firebase library that makes it easy to use Firebase with react components by binding the Firebase data with the component's state. react-rebase is a wrapper of re-base that provides an ability to bind the data to props instead!

    Note that this library totally depends on Re-base library to do everything! Some level of knowledge of re-base API is needed, at least checkout post and bindToState function.

    Also, it's incredibly IMMATURE and somewhat a work in progress that I barely touch anymore. Use it at your own risk!

    Why react-rebase?

    Since Re-base binds Firebase data to state, we are basically forced to have a stateful component connect to it. However, this is an era of stateless functional component. To have an otherwise-stateless component become stateful just to connect with Firebase could leave some bad taste in the mouths of stateless functional component lovers like me. Obviously one could separate the firebase-connected component to a container component solely for providing Firebase data and callback functions to update state (which interns update those data). However, this approach doesn't scale very well since there will be a need to pass those data and callback functions around a lot. It's a similar problem you will likely face if you try to use redux without react-redux library.

    All things considered, since there is no such convenient library that would simply bind Firebase reference to props, I created react-rebase to do just that. react-rebase will abstract the state binding to a higher order component and provide the data to props directly.


    To install, simply do npm install --save react-rebase or yarn add react-rebase


    rebaseConnect(mapRefDataToProps, mapBaseActionsToProps)(Component);

    where mapRefDataToProps is a function that takes in props and returns a props object made from the ref data that is bound to the HoC state, and mapBaseActionsToProps is a function that takes in Re-base object and props then returns a props object made from mapBaseActionsToProps. The details on how these parameters look like are below.

    Note: The API is heavily inspired by react-redux.


    Let's say we are working on a counter component, probably something like this:

    // Counter.jsx
    const Counter = ({ count, updateCount }) => (
        Current value: {count}
        <button onClick={() => updateCount(count+1)}>Add</button>

    Now we want to connect it to Firebase for real-time capabilities. First we will need to instantiate the Re-base and pass it to the top level RebaseProvider. Like this:

    // App.jsx
    import Rebase from "re-base";
    import { RebaseProvider } from "react-rebase";
    import Counter from './Counter.jsx'
    const base = Rebase.createClass({
    const App = () => (
      <RebaseProvider instance={base}>
        <Counter /> 

    Now that we provided RebaseProvider with the re-base instance, let's make some change to our Counter.jsx so it can connect to Firebase. For this example we will assume that the data lives at '/count' endpoint

    // Counter.jsx
    import { rebaseConnect } from 'react-rebase';
    const Counter = ({ count, updateCount }) => (
        Current value: {count}
        <button onClick={() => updateCount(count+1)}>Add</button>
    const COUNT_PATH = '/count';
    export default rebaseConnect(
      (props) => ({
        count: { path: COUNT_PATH }, // this becomes a `count` prop
      (base) => ({
        updateCount: (newValue) =>, newValue), // this becomes an `updateCount` prop

    And that's it! Now our counter will be connected to Firebase.

    Documentation (WIP)

    rebaseConnect(mapRefDataToProps, mapBaseActionsToProps)

    Connect the component with the props constructed from Firebase data and re-base actions. The user needs to provide two functions:

    1. mapRefDataToProps(props) This function should return an object where the key is the prop name and the value is an object containing Firebase path and options specified there.


    const mapRefDataToProps = (props) => ({ 
      items: { 
        path: 'path/to/items', 
        options: { asArray: true },  // optional
    1. mapBaseActionsToProps(base, [props]) This function should return an object where the key is the prop name and the value is a function that potentially mutates the data on firebase.


    const mapBaseActionsToProps = (base, props) => ({ 
      addItems: (id, newItem) =>`path/to/items/${id}`, newItem)


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