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What React Live can render

The code inside a React Live component can be one of the following things:

  • React elements, e.g. <strong>Hello World!</strong>
  • React pure functional components, e.g. () => <strong>Hello World!</strong>
  • React functional components with Hooks
  • React component classes

If you enable the noInline prop on your LiveProvider, you’ll be able to write imperative code, and render one of the above things by calling render.

The scope prop on the LiveProvider accepts additional globals. By default it injects React only, which means that the user can use it in their code like this:

//                    ↓↓↓↓↓
class Example extends React.Component {
render() {
return <strong>Hello World!</strong>;

But you can of course pass more things to the scope. They will be available as variables in the code. Here's an example using styled components:

import styled from 'styled-components';

const headerProps = { text: 'I\'m styled!' };

const scope = {styled, headerProps};

const code = `
const Header = styled.div\`
color: palevioletred;
font-size: 18px;


<LiveProvider code={code} scope={scope} noInline={true}>
<LiveEditor />
<LiveError />
<LivePreview />

Here's an example using a custom component <MyButton />. This component lives in a different directory. It gets passed into the scope wrapped in an Object. Note that since we are not using render() in the code snippet we let noInline stay equal to the default of false:

import { MyButton } from './components/MyButton';

const scope = { MyButton };

const code = `
<MyButton />

<LiveProvider code={code} scope={scope}>
<LiveEditor />
<LiveError />
<LivePreview />

Using Hooks

React Live supports using Hooks, but you may need to be mindful of the scope. As mentioned above, only React is injected into scope by default.

This means that while you may be used to destructuring useState when importing React, to use hooks provided by React in React Live you will either need to stick to using React.useState or alternately you can set the scope up so that useState is provided separately.

() => {
const [likes, increaseLikes] = React.useState(0);

return (
<p>{`${likes} likes`}</p>
<button onClick={() => increaseLikes(likes + 1)}>Like</button>