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redux undo/redo

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simple undo/redo functionality for redux state containers

Protip: You can use the redux-undo-boilerplate to quickly get started with redux-undo.

Note: Make sure to update your programs to the latest History API.


npm install --save redux-undo


import undoable from 'redux-undo';
undoable(reducer, config)

Making your reducers undoable

redux-undo is a reducer enhancer, it provides the undoable function, which takes an existing reducer and a configuration object and enhances your existing reducer with undo functionality.

Note: If you were accessing state.counter before, you have to access state.counter.present after wrapping your reducer with undoable.

To install, firstly import redux-undo:

// Redux utility functions 
import { combineReducers } from 'redux';
// redux-undo higher-order reducer 
import undoable from 'redux-undo';

Then, add undoable to your reducer(s) like this:

  counter: undoable(counter)

A configuration can be passed like this:

  counter: undoable(counter, {
    limit: 10 // set a limit for the history 

History API

Wrapping your reducer with undoable makes the state look like this:

  past: [...pastStatesHere...],
  present: {...currentStateHere...},
  future: [...futureStatesHere...]

Now you can get your current state like this: state.present

And you can access all past states (e.g. to show a history) like this: state.past

Undo/Redo Actions

Firstly, import the undo/redo action creators:

import { ActionCreators } from 'redux-undo';

Then, you can use store.dispatch() and the undo/redo action creators to perform undo/redo operations on your state:

store.dispatch(ActionCreators.undo()) // undo the last action 
store.dispatch(ActionCreators.redo()) // redo the last action 
store.dispatch(ActionCreators.jumpToPast(index)) // jump to requested index in the past[] array 
store.dispatch(ActionCreators.jumpToFuture(index)) // jump to requested index in the future[] array 


A configuration object can be passed to undoable() like this (values shown are default values):

undoable(reducer, {
  limit: false, // set to a number to turn on a limit for the history 
  filter: () => true, // see `Filtering Actions` section 
  undoType: ActionTypes.UNDO, // define a custom action type for this undo action 
  redoType: ActionTypes.REDO, // define a custom action type for this redo action 
  jumpToPastType: ActionTypes.JUMP_TO_PAST, // define custom action type for this jumpToPast action 
  jumpToFutureType: ActionTypes.JUMP_TO_FUTURE, // define custom action type for this jumpToFuture action 
  initialState: undefined, // initial state (e.g. for loading) 
  initTypes: ['@@redux/INIT', '@@INIT'] // history will be (re)set upon init action type 
  initialHistory: { // initial history (e.g. for loading) 
    past: [],
    present: config.initialState,
    future: []
  debug: false, // set to `true` to turn on debugging 

Filtering Actions

If you don't want to include every action in the undo/redo history, you can pass a function to undoable like this:

undoable(reducer, function filterActions(action, currentState, previousState) {
  return action.type === SOME_ACTION; // only add to history if action is SOME_ACTION 
// or you could do... 
undoable(reducer, function filterState(action, currentState, previousState) {
  return currentState !== previousState; // only add to history if state changed 

Or you can use the distinctState, includeAction and excludeAction helpers, which should be imported like this:

import undoable, { distinctState, includeAction, excludeAction } from 'redux-undo';

Now you can use the helper, which is pretty simple:

undoable(reducer, { filter: includeAction(SOME_ACTION) })
undoable(reducer, { filter: excludeAction(SOME_ACTION) })
// or you could do... 
undoable(reducer, { filter: distinctState() })

... they even support Arrays:

undoable(reducer, { filter: includeAction([SOME_ACTION, SOME_OTHER_ACTION]) })
undoable(reducer, { filter: excludeAction([SOME_ACTION, SOME_OTHER_ACTION]) })

What is this magic? How does it work?

Have a read of the Implementing Undo History recipe in the Redux documents, which explains in detail how redux-undo works.


MIT, see for more information.