1. How to easily access the state from anywhere in the application

How to easily access the state from anywhere in the application

When working with large applications organizing code in separate files and directories is the go-to way and the Valtio state is no exception. In some ways you may want to put the state object in its own file. After being separated in its own file we need a way to access it easily from anywhere in our application.

Access the state using Path Aliases

Imagine that the state is put in /src/state.js and you are working with a file in /src/really/deep/nested/file/myfile.js the importing of the state will be something like this: import state from '../../../../state'; which can cause too much brain calculation specially if it is used in different places inside the application.

A solution to that is using Path Aliases which maps path to a simpler string and the import will look like something similar to that throughout the whole application:

import { state } from '@state';

Using JS Config and Babel Config

  1. Create the file /src/state and put the Valtio state into it:
import { proxy, useSnapshot, subscribe } from 'valtio'
const state = proxy({
  foos: [],
  bar: { ... },
  boo: false
export { state, useSnapshot, subscribe }
  1. Create the file /jsconfig.json:
  "compilerOptions": {
    "baseUrl": "src",
    "paths": {
      "@state/*": ["./state/*"],
      "@mypath/*": ["./my/deep/path*"],
      "@anotherpath/*": ["./my/another/deep/path*"]
  "exclude": ["node_modules"]
  1. Add the Module Resolver plugin the plugins in your babel.config.js:
module.exports = {
  // ...
  plugins: [
    // The other existing plugins
        root: ['./src'],
        extensions: ['.js', '.jsx', '.json', '.svg', '.png'],
        alias: {
          '@state': './src/state',
    // ...
  1. Install the the Babel Plugin Module Resolver:
  • Using NPM: npm install babel-plugin-module-resolver
  • Using Yarn: yarn add babel-plugin-module-resolver
  1. Restart the application server
    That's it you will now be able to do import { (state, useSnapshot, subscribe) } from '@state'; from anywhere inside your application.

Using a third party library

You can use a third party library to create aliases and achieve the same result.

Example of libraries: