@tao.js/react Provider Component

The first Component we use as part of the declarative React API to integrate tao.js is the Provider component. The Provider provides the TAO (or optionally an individual Kernel) using the React Context API to the other @tao.js/react components below the Provider in the hierarchy tree so those components can attach handlers.

Additionally, the Provider creates a root data context used for sharing data between components of @tao.js/react.


Provider is a named export from the @tao.js/react package.

import { Provider } from '@tao.js/react';


const Provider = require('@tao.js/react').Provider;


Provider has a single required prop:

  • TAO - must be a @tao.js/core Kernel - usually this will be the default export from @tao.js/core


Generally we'll use the Provider in our root App component to wrap the entire application so all of our components below will use the same TAO Kernel and data context.


import React from 'react';
import TAO from '@tao.js/core';
import { Provider } from '@tao.js/react';
import AppComponents from './components';

const App = () => (
  <Provider TAO={TAO}>
    <AppComponents />

export default App;

Advanced Usage

The Provider is designed along the TAO's philosophy of providing a universal point on which to attach handlers so any point in the application can be extended or listened for. Additionally the Provider uses this same philosophy with providing a shared data context to its descendants, where each DataHandler component uses a unique name to separate the data it is adding to the data context from other data added to the data context under a single Provider.

Separating Data Contexts

You may want to leverage multiple Providers in your component hierarchy to have different shared state.

Separating Kernels

The TAO is designed to provide a universal event stream for your whole system of apps, including the client apps you write with React. This is why the normal usage is to import the default TAO from @tao.js/core and set it on a top-level Provider in your React application.

However, if you do make use of creating your own Kernels, then you can do that to separate sections of your app by assigning them to Providers at different points of your component hierarchy

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