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A library for interacting with a live React application at a REPL.


A "fiber" in React-lingo is a data representation of the current state of an element in your application. Each element has a corresponding type - a function, a class, or a built in type - that dictates how to respond to new props or state dispatches. A fibers data also contains the props and state last used to render it, any children or sibling fibers, as well as references to platform objects like DOM nodes.

A "root" in React-lingo is the root fiber of an application in your JS environment. These are created anytime you call e.g. react-dom/render or, in React 18+, react-dom/createRoot. You can have multiple roots at a time, for instance if you call react-dom/render multiple times to render different parts of the page as different applications. Each root gets an associated ID, an integer that starts at 1.


To use this library, include react-repl.preloads in your developer preloads. Each time your application is re-rendered, a new tree of fibers is constructed to represent the new state of the application. When that new fiber tree is committed - i.e changes are made to what's shown on the screen - the new tree will be captured and placed in the react-repl.state/roots atom.

The functions in this namespace operate on this atom to get the root fiber and search, display and interact with the fibers that were captured as of the last render.

react-repl.core/find-all will give you the fibers of the last time a specific component type was rendered. react-repl.core/find will return the first fiber it finds for a component type. You can then use functions like react-repl.core/props, react-repl.core/children, and react-repl.core/state to inspect its properties as Clojure data.

react-repl.core/fiber->map will return a map corresponding to commonly looked up information about the fiber.

Note that state can sometimes be a deeply nested datastructure. I find that using js/console.log in a browser environment works better for me than relying on printing at a REPL, but YMMV.

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