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A library for creating memoized "selector" functions. Commonly used with Redux, but usable with any plain JS immutable data as well.

  • Selectors can compute derived data, allowing Redux to store the minimal possible state.
  • Selectors are efficient. A selector is not recomputed unless one of its arguments changes.
  • Selectors are composable. They can be used as input to other selectors.

The Redux docs usage page on Deriving Data with Selectors covers the purpose and motivation for selectors, why memoized selectors are useful, typical Reselect usage patterns, and using selectors with React-Redux.


Redux Toolkit

While Reselect is not exclusive to Redux, it is already included by default in the official Redux Toolkit package - no further installation needed.

import { createSelector } from '@reduxjs/toolkit'


For standalone usage, install the reselect package:

npm install reselect

# Yarn
yarn add reselect


The Reselect docs are available at, and include usage guides and API references:

Basic Usage

Reselect exports a createSelector API, which generates memoized selector functions. createSelector accepts one or more input selectors, which extract values from arguments, and a result function function that receives the extracted values and should return a derived value. If the generated output selector is called multiple times, the output will only be recalculated when the extracted values have changed.

You can play around with the following example in this CodeSandbox:

import { createSelector } from 'reselect'

interface RootState {
  todos: { id: number; completed: boolean }[]
  alerts: { id: number; read: boolean }[]

const state: RootState = {
  todos: [
    { id: 0, completed: false },
    { id: 1, completed: true }
  alerts: [
    { id: 0, read: false },
    { id: 1, read: true }

const selectCompletedTodos = (state: RootState) => {
  console.log('selector ran')
  return state.todos.filter(todo => todo.completed === true)

selectCompletedTodos(state) // selector ran
selectCompletedTodos(state) // selector ran
selectCompletedTodos(state) // selector ran

const memoizedSelectCompletedTodos = createSelector(
  [(state: RootState) => state.todos],
  todos => {
    console.log('memoized selector ran')
    return todos.filter(todo => todo.completed === true)

memoizedSelectCompletedTodos(state) // memoized selector ran

console.log(selectCompletedTodos(state) === selectCompletedTodos(state)) //=> false

  memoizedSelectCompletedTodos(state) === memoizedSelectCompletedTodos(state)
) //=> true

As you can see from the example above, memoizedSelectCompletedTodos does not run the second or third time, but we still get the same return value as last time.

In addition to skipping unnecessary recalculations, memoizedSelectCompletedTodos returns the existing result reference if there is no recalculation. This is important for libraries like React-Redux or React that often rely on reference equality checks to optimize UI updates.


The below example serves as a visual aid:

const outputSelector = createSelector(
  [inputSelector1, inputSelector2, inputSelector3], // synonymous with `dependencies`.
  resultFunc // Result function

What's New in 5.0.0?

Version 5.0.0 introduces several new features and improvements:

  • Customization Enhancements:

    • Added the ability to pass an options object to createSelectorCreator, allowing for customized memoize and argsMemoize functions, alongside their respective options (memoizeOptions and argsMemoizeOptions).
    • The createSelector function now supports direct customization of memoize and argsMemoize within its options object.
  • Memoization Functions:

    • Introduced new experimental memoization functions: weakMapMemoize and unstable_autotrackMemoize.
    • Incorporated memoize and argsMemoize into the output selector fields for debugging purposes.
  • TypeScript Support and Performance:

    • Discontinued support for TypeScript versions below 4.7, aligning with modern TypeScript features.
    • Significantly improved TypeScript performance for nesting output selectors. The nesting limit has increased from approximately 8 to around 30 output selectors, greatly reducing the occurrence of the infamous Type instantiation is excessively deep and possibly infinite error.
  • Selector API Enhancements:

    • Removed the second overload of createStructuredSelector due to its susceptibility to runtime errors.
  • Additional Functionalities:

    • Added dependencyRecomputations and resetDependencyRecomputations to the output selector fields. These additions provide greater control and insight over input selectors, complementing the new argsMemoize API.
    • Introduced inputStabilityCheck, a development tool that runs the input selectors twice using the same arguments and triggers a warning If they return differing results for the same call.
    • Introduced identityFunctionCheck, a development tool that checks to see if the result function returns its own input.

These updates aim to enhance flexibility, performance, and developer experience. For detailed usage and examples, refer to the updated documentation sections for each feature.

  • Breaking Changes:

    • Removed ParametricSelector and OutputParametricSelector types. Their functionalities are now integrated into Selector and OutputSelector respectively, which inherently support additional parameters.




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Originally inspired by getters in NuclearJS, subscriptions in re-frame and this proposal from speedskater.