Basic Redux setup

Redux, boy. I don’t know of anything that has a steeper learning curve. Root reducers? Store factories? mapStateToProps? Higher-order functions? Connected components? Action creators? Thunks? Dispatch? For someone who’s feeling smug about getting a hang of basic React, it is a lot of moving parts to get a grip on. Anyways, here’s a basic cheat-sheet for getting started.

First, a few imports:

npm install redux react-redux redux-thunk

Next, create a store and include Thunk in store.js:

import { createStore, applyMiddleware } from "redux"
import thunk from "redux-thunk"
import rootReducer from "./reducers"

const store = createStore(rootReducer, applyMiddleware(thunk))

export default store

We’re importing a root reducer, so let’s create that next. We’ll start with one reducer, here I’m calling it albumsReducer reducers/index.js:

import { combineReducers } from "redux"
import albumReducer from "./albumReducer"

export default combineReducers({

Here’s a starting point for reducers/albumsReducer.js:

export default function (state = [], action) {
  switch (action.type) {
      return state

Finally we need to use Provider to connect this to our App component:

import React, { Component } from "react"
import { Provider } from "react-redux"
import store from "./store"

class App extends Component {
  render() {
    return (
      <Provider store={store}>
        <div className="App"></div>

export default App

Now we’re ready to start creating action types and actions, and to bring our state into components with connect.

May 06, 2019 React Redux

Written by Alesh Houdek, a web developer in Colorado. This is mostly code snippets and ideas I might want to reuse. HomepageTwitter