A declarative state container built on top of xState

xState-store is a library built on top of xstate, that allows you to access your machines/services through your React application and simplify sharing the same instance/actor between your different components.

Why ?

Because xState and state machines are an awesome way to simplify complex applications logic especially for frontend applications using React library.

Sometimes we need to have a global store or make different components sharing the same logic coming form the same instance, it’s where xState-store can helps you.


Using npm:

$ npm install xstate-store xstate @xstate/react


xstate-store exposes multiple functions that will help you managing your global application states.


To create a new machine instance, you could use createInstance method that uses the createMachine and interpret functions from xstate behind the scenes.

  instanceId: string // it's the unique id that will define the instance and helps us accessing it through the application
  config: MachineDefinition // it's the machine definition that we pass to `createMachine` in xstate
  options?: MachineOptions // optional: the options that would be passed to the xstate `createMachine` function

For example, if we want to create an instance with the id LIGHT_INSTANCE_ID, we can do something like this:


createInstance(LIGHT_INSTANCE_ID, {
  id: 'test-machine',
  initial: 'off',
  context: {
    usageNumber: 0,
  states: {
    off: {
      on: {
        TOGGLE: {
          target: 'on',
          actions: assign({
            usageNumber: (context) => context.usageNumber + 1,
    on: {
      on: {
        TOGGLE: 'off'


Like xstate does, you can stop the instance of your service using the stopInstance function by passing the instanceId.



sendToInstance function allows you to send events to your service using the same send function from xState.

For example, if we want to send an event TOGGLE to our previous service, we can do something like this:

  { type: 'TOGGLE' }


useInstance hook works same as the useActor function from xstate, you can pass directly your instanceId to the hook in order to retrieve the current state of the service and a send function.

function MyComponent() {
  const [state, send] = useInstance(LIGHT_INSTANCE_ID)

  return (
    <p>The light is now: <strong>{state.value}</strong></p>


useDataFromContext hook allow us more easily accessing the context data through the application.

The purpose is that you can retrieve an object with defined values from the context directly.

The hook will return an object with all asked data passed as an array or string to the hook.

For example, in our previous instance we have a value usageNumber in our context. we can retrieve and use it like this:

export default function Component2() {
  const data = useDataFromContext(LIGHT_INSTANCE_ID, 'usageNumber')
  // we can also pass an array to retrieve multiple values directly
  // const data = useDataFromContext(LIGHT_INSTANCE_ID, ['usageNumber', 'otherData'])

  return (
      Number of light usage: <strong>{data.usageNumber}</strong>


What’s next ?

The library can cover a lot of use cases and the most simple ones. But there’s some improvements to come for it:

  • useInstance
  • useDataFromContext
  • Add tests to the library
  • Handle spawned machines

And other awesome stuffs.


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