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react-meteor

This repository defines a Meteor package that automatically integrates the React rendering framework on both the client and the server, to complement or replace the default Handlebars templating system.

The React core is officially agnostic about how you fetch and update your data, so it is far from obvious which approach is the best. This package provides one answer to that question (use Meteor!), and I hope you will find it a compelling combination.

Quick start

If you have not yet installed Meteor, do that:

curl https://install.meteor.com | /bin/sh

Clone this repository:

git clone https://github.com/reactjs/react-meteor.git

Fire up one of the examples:

cd react-meteor/examples/leaderboard
meteor

Finally, visit localhost:3000 in your browser. For extra fun, try using the example in multiple browser windows!

Adding the package to your app

The officially recommended way to add this package to your app is simply to execute the following commands:

cd path/to/my-app/
meteor add reactjs:react

How it works

The package exposes a special ReactMeteor.Mixin object that can be used to enable reactive data fetching for your React components.

To add the ReactMeteor.Mixin to a React component, simply include it in the mixins class property:

var MyComponent = React.createClass({
  mixins: [ReactMeteor.Mixin],

  startMeteorSubscriptions: function() {
    Meteor.subscribe("players");
  },

  // Make sure your component implements this method.
  getMeteorState: function() {
    return {
      playerCount: Players.find().count(),
      ...
    };
  }
});

The startMeteorSubscriptions method is optional, and should be implemented when the component needs to subscribe to specific query sets using Meteor.subscribe It will be called in a Tracker.autorun callback, so the subscriptions will be canceled automatically when the component is unmounted.

The getMeteorState method should return an object of properties that will be merged into this.state, for easy access in the component's render method or elsewhere. Dependencies will be tracked for any data accessed by getMeteorState so that the component can be automatically re-rendered whenever the data changes.

Alternatively, if you prefer not to declare mixins explicitly, you can create the class with ReactMeteor.createClass:

var MyComponent = ReactMeteor.createClass({
  startMeteorSubscriptions: function() {
    Meteor.subscribe("players");
  },

  // Make sure your component implements this method.
  getMeteorState: function() {
    return {
      playerCount: Players.find().count(),
      ...
    };
  }
});