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Redux mapStateToProps and mapDispatchToProps Shorthand

Example of a Redux container.

This is a tip to reduce boilerplate when writing redux code.

Here’s a typical implementation of a container:

// MyContainer.js
import { connect } from 'react-redux'
import MyComponent from './MyComponent'
function mapStateToProps(state) {
return {
name: state.user.name,
email: state.user.email,
function mapDispatchToProps(dispatch) {
return {
onNameChanged: (name) => dispatch({ type: 'NAME_CHANGED', payload: name }),
onEmailChanged: (email) =>
dispatch({ type: 'EMAIL_CHANGED', payload: email }),
export default connect(mapStateToProps, mapDispatchToProps)(MyComponent)

This is how you can use shorthand and reselect to reduce the amount of code it takes (less code less problems):

// MyContainer.js
import { connect } from 'react-redux'
import { createStructuredSelector } from 'reselect'
import MyComponent from './MyComponent'
import { getName, getEmail, onEmailChanged, onNameChanged } from './userReducer'
export default connect(
name: getName,
email: getEmail,

We use:

  • Selectors to grab our data out of reducers.
  • Reselect to combine our selectors into a single selector.
  • This single selector can be used directly in mapStateToProps.
  • Action creators and mapDispatchToProps shorthand.
  • We don’t declare functions for mapStateToProps and mapDispatchToProps since we know they’re the first arguments to connect.

You can see the code for this example on DylanVann/redux-shorthand-example.

Dylan Vann

Dylan Vann
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