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general-store aims to provide all the features of a Flux store without prescribing the implementation of that store's data or mutations.

Briefly, a store:

  1. contains any arbitrary value
  2. exposes that value via a get method
  3. responds to specific events from the dispatcher
  4. notifies subscribers when its value changes

That's it. All other features, like Immutability, data fetching, undo, etc. are implementation details.

Read more about the general-store rationale on the HubSpot Product Team Blog.


# for node, browserify, etc
npm install general-store

# for bower
bower install general-store

Create a store

GeneralStore uses functions to encapsulate private data.

var dispatcher = new Flux.Dispatcher();
function defineUserStore() {
  // data is stored privately inside the store module's closure
  var users = {
    123: {
      id: 123,
      name: 'Mary'

  return GeneralStore.define()
    // the store's getter should return the public subset of its data
    .defineGet(function() {
      return users;
    // handle actions received from the dispatcher
    .defineResponseTo('USER_ADDED', function(user) {
      users[] = user;
    .defineResponseTo('USER_REMOVED', function(user) {
      delete users[];
    // after a store is "registered" its action handlers are bound
    // to the dispatcher

If you use a singleton pattern for stores, simply use the result of register from a module.

var Dispatcher = require('flux').Dispatcher;
var GeneralStore = require('general-store.js');

var dispatcher = new Dispatcher();
var users = {};

var UserStore = GeneralStore.define()
  .defineGet(function() {
    return users;

module.exports = UserStore;

Dispatch to the Store

Sending a message to your stores via the dispatcher is easy.

  actionType: 'USER_ADDED', // required field
  data: { // optional field, passed to the store's response
    id: 12314,
    name: 'Colby Rabideau'

Store Factories

The classic singleton store API is great, but can be hard to test. defineFactory() provides an composable alternative to define() that makes testing easier and allows you to extend store behavior.

var UserStoreFactory = GeneralStore.defineFactory()
  .defineGetInitialState(function() {
    return {};
    'USER_ADDED': function(state, user) {
      state[] = user;
      return state;
    'USER_REMOVED': function(state, user) {
      delete state[];
      return state;

Like singletons, factories have a register method. Unlike singletons, that register method can be called many times and will always return a new instance of the store described by the factory, which is useful in unit tests.

describe('UserStore', () => {
  var storeInstance;
  beforeEach(() => {
    // each test will have a clean store
    storeInstance = UserStoreFactory.register(dispatcher);

  it('adds users', () => {
    var mockUser = {id: 1, name: 'Joe'};
    dispatcher.dispatch({actionType: USER_ADDED, data: mockUser});
    expect(storeInstance.get()).toEqual({1: mockUser});

  it('removes users', () => {
    var mockUser = {id: 1, name: 'Joe'};
    dispatcher.dispatch({actionType: USER_ADDED, data: mockUser});
    dispatcher.dispatch({actionType: USER_REMOVED, data: mockUser});

To further assist with testing, the InspectStore module allows you to read the internal fields of a store instance (e.g. InspectStore.getState(store)).

Using the Store API

A registered Store provides methods for getting its value and subscribing to changes to that value.

UserStore.get() // returns {}
var subscription = UserStore.addOnChange(function() {
  // handle changes!
// addOnChange returns an object with a `remove` method.
// When you're ready to unsubscribe from a store's changes,
// simply call that method.



GeneralStore has a simple format for declaring dependencies.

const dependencies = {
  // simple fields can be expressed in the form `key => store`
  subject: ProfileStore,
  // compound fields can depend on one or more stores
  // and specify a function to "dereference" the store's value
  friends: {
    stores: [ProfileStore, UsersStore],
    deref: (props, state) => {
      friendIds = ProfileStore.get().friendIds;
      users = UsersStore.get();
      return => users[id]);

Once you declare your dependencies there are two ways to connect them to a react component.


GeneralStore provides a component enhancer called connect. It's similar to redux's connect function but it takes a general store DependencyMap. connect passes the fields defined in the DependencyMap to the enhanced component as props.

// ProfileContainer.js
function ProfileContainer({friends, subject}) {
  return (
        {Object.keys(friends).map(id => <li>{friends[id].name}</li>)}

export default connect(dependencies, dispatcher)(ProfileComponent);


If you use React.createClass, GeneralStore also provides a mixin. Instead of passing the dependency fields to the component as props, StoreDependencyMixin exposes dependency data in component local state.

var ProfileComponent = React.createClass({
  mixins: [
    GeneralStore.StoreDependencyMixin(dependencies, dispatcher)

  render: function() {
    return (
          {Object.keys(this.state.friends).map((id) => (

Default Dispatcher Instance

The common Flux architecture has a single central dispatcher. As a convenience GeneralStore allows you to set a global dispatcher which will become the default when a store is registered, a component is enhanced with connected, or a StoreDependencyMixin is created.

var dispatcher = new Flux.Dispatcher();

Now you can register a store without explicitly passing a dispatcher:

var users = {};

  .defineGet(() => users)
  .register(); // the dispatcher instance is set so no need to explicitly pass it

Dispatcher Interface

At HubSpot we use the Facebook Dispatcher, but any object that conforms to the same interface (i.e. has register and unregister methods) should work just fine.

type DispatcherPayload = {
  actionType: string;
  data: any;

type Dispatcher = {
  isDispatching: () => bool;
  register: (
    handleAction: (payload: DispatcherPayload) => void
  ) => string;
  unregister: (dispatchToken: string) => void;
  waitFor: (dispatchTokens: Array<string>) => void;

Redux Devtools Extension

Using Redux devtools extension you can inspect the state of a store and see how the state changes between dispatches. The Jump (ability to change store state to what it was after a specific dispatch) feature should work but it is dependent on you using regular JS objects as the backing state.

Using the defineFactory way of creating stores is highly recommended for this integration as you can define a name for your store and always for the state of the store to be inspected programmatically.

Build and test

Install Dependencies

# pull in dependencies
npm install

# run the type checker and unit tests
npm test

# if all tests pass, run the dev and prod build
npm run build-and-test

# if all tests pass, run the dev and prod build then commit and push changes
npm run deploy

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