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React DevTools

May 28, 2018

A quick demo of the browser extension you should definitely be using.

This last week I had someone criticize using React component state because:

there are no browser dev tools for inspecting [component state]

Maybe this person just forgot about the official React DevTools browser extension, maybe they didn't know about it. Whatever the case may be, it made me realize that some people probably don't know about the browser extension, so I thought I'd share it with you.

After considering it a bit, I decided that it would be easiest to share this with you all via a quick (8 minute) video demo of the extension so here you have it (the gif is a summary preview...)!

Use React DevTools:

gif of react devtools demo

Good luck!

Learn more about React from me:

  • (beginners) — My Beginner's Guide to React absolutely free on
  • (advanced) — My Advanced React Component Patterns course available on today! This will be updated with the new context API and new patterns very soon!
  • Frontend Masters — My Advanced React Patterns workshop (updated with the new patterns and context API).
  • — I'm giving my Advanced Component Patterns workshop in person in Portland in July!
  • — I'm giving my Intro to React workshop in person in Salt Lake City in August!

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Kent C. Dodds

Kent C. Dodds is a JavaScript software engineer and teacher. He's taught hundreds of thousands of people how to make the world a better place with quality software development tools and practices. He lives with his wife and four kids in Utah.