State

Under the hood Vue Flow uses Provide/Injectopen in new window to pass around it's state between components. You can access the internal state through the useVueFlow composable.

useVueFlow can be used to either create a new state instance and inject it into the current component tree or inject an already existing store from the current context. Internal state can be manipulated, for example by adding new elements to the state. The state is reactive and changes will be reflected on the graph.

<script setup>
import { useVueFlow } from '@braks/vue-flow'

const { getNodes, onPaneReady } = useVueFlow({
  ... // you can pass any VueFlowProp to the composable as a static option
})

// event handler
onPaneReady((i) => i.fitView())

// watch the stored nodes
watch(getNodes, (nodes) => console.log('nodes changed', nodes))
</script>



 
 
 







Accessing Internal State

Using the composition API also allows us to pass the state around outside the current component context, thus we have a lot more flexibility when it comes to reading, writing and updating the state.

Consider this example, where we want to create a Sidebar that allows us to select all nodes.

<!-- Container.vue -->
<template>
  <div>
    <Sidebar />
    <div class="wrapper">
      <VueFlow v-model="elements" />
    </div>
  </div>
</template>

We could pass all necessary info as props to the Sidebar, which could become either tedious or result in prop drilling, which we want to avoid. In this example it wouldn't be a big issue but if our destination was 3 components deep, it would become hard to track the flow of information.

Instead, we can initialize a Vue Flow store instance before the Sidebar is initialized, thus the instance becomes available as an injection in the component tree.

<script>
// Container.vue
import { useVueFlow  } from '@braks/vue-flow'

// initialize a store instance in this context, so it is available when calling inject(VueFlow)
useVueFlow()
</script>




 
 

Now we can easily access our current state instance from our Sidebar without passing them as props.

<script setup>
import { useVueFlow } from '@braks/vue-flow'

const { nodesSelectionActive, addSelectedNodes, getNodes } = useVueFlow()

const selectAll = () => {
  addSelectedNodes(getNodes.value)
  nodesSelectionActive.value = true
}
</script>
<template>
  <aside>
    <div class="description">
      This is an example of how you can access the internal state outside of the Vue VueFlow component.
    </div>
    <div class="selectall">
      <button @click="selectAll">select all nodes</button>
    </div>
  </aside>
</template>

TIP

If you have multiple store instances in the same context, make sure to give them a unique id in order to guarantee access to the correct instance. Otherwise useVueFlow will try to inject the first instance it can find in the current context, which would usually be the last one that has been injected.

State Updates

State updates like removing elements or updating positions are applied by default. If you want to strictly control state changes you can disable this behavior by setting the applyDefault option/prop to false.

<div style="height: 300px">
  <VueFlow v-model="elements" :apply-default="false" />
</div>

State changes are emitted by the onNodesChange or onEdgesChange events, which will provide an array of changes that have been triggered. To take control of state changes you can implement your own state update handlers or use the state helper functions that come with the library to mix it up.

Access State in Options API

useVueFlow was designed to be used in the composition API, but it is still possible to use it in the options API. Though it is necessary to pass a unique id for your Vue Flow state instance, otherwise a look-up will fail and Vue Flow will create a new state instance when mounted.

<script>
import { VueFlow, useVueFlow } from '@braks/vue-flow'

const { addEdges, onConnect } = useVueFlow({ id: 'options-api' })
export default defineComponent({
  components: { VueFlow },
  data() {
    return {
      elements: [
        {
          id: '1',
          label: 'Node 1',
          position: { x: 0, y: 0},
        }
      ]
    }
  },
  methods: {
    // regular event handler
    handleConnect: (params) => {
      addEdges([params])
    }
  },
  beforeMount() {
    // Register your event handler, can technically be called in any lifecycle phase
    // Skip this if you're using regular event handlers
    onConnect((params) => addEdges([params]))
  }
})
</script>
<template>
  <VueFlow v-model="elements" id="options-api" @connect="handleConnect" />
</template>



 



























 

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