Get started - Get started with Liveblocks and Zustand

Liveblocks is a real-time collaboration infrastructure for building performant collaborative experiences. Follow the following steps to start making your Zustand store multiplayer by using the middleware from the @liveblocks/zustand package.


  1. Install Liveblocks

    $npm install @liveblocks/client @liveblocks/zustand
  2. Connect your Zustand store to Liveblocks

    Create the Liveblocks client and use the middleware in your Zustand store setup. This will add a new state called liveblocks to your store, enabling you to interact with our Presence and Storage APIs.

    "use client";
    import create from "zustand";import { createClient } from "@liveblocks/client";import { liveblocks } from "@liveblocks/zustand";import type { WithLiveblocks } from "@liveblocks/zustand";
    type State = { // Your Zustand state type will be defined here};
    const client = createClient({ publicApiKey: "pk_prod_xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx",});
    const useStore = create<WithLiveblocks<State>>()( liveblocks( (set) => ({ // Your state and actions will go here }), { client } ));
    export default useStore;
  3. Join a Liveblocks room

    Liveblocks uses the concept of rooms, separate virtual spaces where people collaborate. To create a real-time experience, multiple users must be connected to the same room.

    "use client";
    import React, { useEffect } from "react";import useStore from "./store";import "./App.css";
    const App = () => { const { liveblocks: { enterRoom, leaveRoom }, } = useStore();
    useEffect(() => { enterRoom("room-id"); return () => { leaveRoom("room-id"); }; }, [enterRoom, leaveRoom]);
    return <Room />;};
    export default App;
  4. Use the Liveblocks data from the store

    Now that we’re connected to a room, we can start using the Liveblocks data from the Zustand store.

    "use client";
    import useStore from "./store";
    export function Room() { const others = useStore((state) => state.liveblocks.others); const userCount = others.length; return <div>There are {userCount} other user(s) online</div>;}
  5. Next: set up authentication

    By default, Liveblocks is configured to work without an authentication endpoint where everyone automatically has access to rooms. This approach is great for prototyping and marketing pages where setting up your own security isn’t always required. If you want to limit access to a room for certain users, you’ll need to set up an authentication endpoint to enable permissions.

    Set up authentication

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Congratulations! You now have set up the foundation to start building collaborative experiences for your Zustand store.

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