Client-side interfaces

Redux store

The default Hive.js UI is based on redux. If you're not familiar with redux, head over to the redux docs.

tl;dr: Redux is a framework making use of functional reactive programming techniques. It features a central state atom (a simple object), that can be modified by dispatching actions. Reducer functions take state atom and an action and spit out the new state. You can subscribe to changes to the state atom and render the interface components accordingly.

Since the state atom is central to everything you will do on the client-side, we have a snapshot for you to inspect right here:

   * The current route
   * modify with
   *  * ui.action_route(path:String):ROUTE
   *  * ui.action_loadState(state:Object):LOAD_STATE
  router: '/documents/1'

   * The current locale
   * modify with
   *  * ui.action_setLocale(locale:String):SET_LOCALE
  locale: 'en'

   * Modify with
   * * session.action_chooseAuthMethod(authMethod):SESSION_CHOOSE_AUTH_METHOD
   * * session.action_login(credentials):SESSION_LOGIN
, session: {
     * if true, this will cause a message to be shown in the
     * choose-auth-dialog
    authFailed: false

     * The auth method the user has chosen, 'token' if the default
     * silent token cookie authentication is used
  , authMethod: 'token'

     * `True` while authentication is running - a loading indicator
     * will be displayed
  , logginIn: false

     * The grant response by the `/token` endpoint
     * if not logged in, this will be null
  , grant: {
      access_token: 'DIOJgUZGVGHHZTU...'
    , token_type: 'bearer'
    , user: 17

     * The user object of the currently logged-in user
     * if not logged in, this will be null
  , user: {

     * A boolean, that tells you if the server is reachable
     * (via the shoe stream interface)
  , streamConnected: true
   * Modified by
   * ... the API of the `editor`component has not been finalized yet
, editor: {
     * When the user navigates to an editor, this will be true
    active: true

     * `True` if there was an error loading the document object
  , notFound: null

     * the document object of teh document being (or about to be) edited 
  , document: {

     * The ID of the registered editor chosen (either explicitly by the
     * user or implicitly)
  , editor: "CodeMirror"

     * `True` if there was an error loading the editor instance
  , loadError: null

   * There is currently no way to interface with this component
   * It's read-only-ish. You can modify its state manually, though.
, editorTextCodemirror: {
    lineNumbers: false
  , mode: 'javascript'

   * Modified by 
   * * oauth.action_activate():OAUTH_ACTIVATE
   * * oauth.action_grant(granted:Bool):OAUTH_GRANT
, oauth: {
     * `True` if the oauth provider is active i.e. we're on /authorize
    active: false

     * `True` if the user has taken an action (either granted or denied;
     * either way, we're done)
  , done: false

     * The redirect_uri as passed in the query string(String)
  , redirect_uri: null

     * The scope as passed in the query string (String)
  , scope: null
   * These values should be pretty self-explanatory
   * However, they're only available if hive-plugin-export is installed
   * modify with:
   * * action_export(exportType):EXPORT_EXPORTED
   * * action_toggleExportDropdown():EXPORT_TOGGLE_DROPDOWN
, export: {
    exportTypes: ui.config['importexport:exportTypes']
  , showExportDropdown: false
  , exporting: false
  , exportError: false
   * These values should be pretty self-explanatory
   * However, they're only available if hive-plugin-import is installed
   * modify with:
   * * action_import(files:FileList): IMPORT_IMPORTED
   * * action_toggleImportDropdown():IMPORTEXPORT_TOGGLE_DROPDOWN
, import: {
    importTypes: ui.config['importexport:importTypes']
  , showImportDropdown: false
  , importing: false
  , importError: false

Client-side providers

A component can register files to be loaded by the client-side loader with the ui provider. Those files, like server-side components, need to export a setup function and may consume and/or provide providers.


Package: hive-ui


Add a new property to this Object and assign it a reducer to have your own namespace in the state atom. The reducer will receive your state sub-tree only, instead of the whole state tree.


Add your root reducers to this Array. This is a great way for hooking into other components actions, but be sure to always return the state you got when you're not interested in an action.


Add your redux middle-ware to this Array. This is a great way to invoke side-effects such as talking with the server, storing cookies or waiting for a route (see ui.route()).


Called by the bootstrapping code with the client-side config received by the server. Creates the redux store applying the middleware and combining all reducers.


Emitted after the ui was ui.start()ed. You can listen to this event by simply calling it with a listener: ui.onStart(listener).


the protocol, domain, port and root path of the hive installation.


An object containing the configuration received from the server, populated during ui.start().


The globalize instance.

ui._(messagePath): Function(params...|params:Object)

A shortcut for ui.globalize.messageFormatter. See Localization for more information.

The redux store, populated during ui.start(). You can store.dispatch(action:Object) actions and store.subscribe(listener:function) to changes (see the redux API reference).

ui.onRenderHeader:AtomicEmitter(store, children)

Emitted when the header is rendered. You can listen to this event by simply calling it with a listener: ui.onRenderHeader(listener).

ui.onRenderNavbarRight:AtomicEmitter(store, children)

Emitted when the right part of the navbar is rendered. You can listen to this event by simply calling it with a listener: ui.onRenderNavbar(listener).

ui.onRenderBody:AtomicEmitter(store, children)

Emitted when the body is rendered. You can listen to this event by simply calling it with a listener: ui.onRenderBody(listener).


This action allows you to route to a different URL.


This action will replace the state tree with the one you supply. A ROUTE action will be dispatched automatically as well.

ui.route(action, route:String):Bool|Object

Use this helper in your middle-ware to listen for routes. You can specify a route in the familiar express style: /users/:user. If action is a ROUTE and the route matches the path in the action's payload, this will return the parameters as an Object, otherwise it'll return false.

ui.exitRoute(store, action, route:String):Bool

This is the complementary function to ui.route: If the user navigates away from the given route, this will return true.


If the script at that URL has not been loaded with this function, yet, this will load it (by appending a script tag with the given URL to the HTML body) and resolve the returned promise once it's loaded. Otherwise the promise will be rosolved immediately.

Note that this function does only check for scripts that have been loaded with the same mechanism. It won't prevent a script from being loaded twice, if you insert a script tag yourself the first time.


Package: hive-ui

session.registerAuthenticationProvider(method:String, provider:Object)

Registers a client-side authentication method, where method is the name of the authentication method, e.g. "github", and provider is an object that looks as follows:

var provider = {
  description: String
, silent: function(){}
, ask: function(children){}
  • silent() should be a function that somehow figures out the users credentials for this authentication method silently, e.g. by reading a cookie or retrieving an OAuth token from the current URL. If that is not possible just return undefined otherwise return the credentials.
  • ask(children:Array) is called if silent authentication fails and the user has chosen an authentication method to identify themselves with. This should ask the user for their credentials or otherwise redirect them to a site that takes their credentials, e.g. an OAuth endpoint. You can add a virtual-dom tree to the children array and it will appear inside a panel on the screen. When you have obtained the user's credentials, dispatch session.action_login(credentials)
  • description is used to display the user more information about the authentication methods they can choose from. A short sentence should be enough, e.g. "Login with your account at".

You don't need to implement both silent and ask, if that doesn't suit your use case.


Emitted when the shoe stream is connected to the server. This will also be emitted when the stream reconnects after the user was offline.


Emitted after the user was successfully authenticated.


This is a helper function that allows you defer code until the user logged in. If the user is logged in already at call time, this will call the callback immediately using setImmediate.


This is a helper function that allows you defer code until the stream is connected. If the stream is already connected at the time of calling this, it will call the callback immediately using setImmediate.


Package: hive-ui

This is redux middle-ware that integrates hive-client-rest-api. Dispatch the below actions to talk to the API in the name of the logged-in user. The names of the action creators should be pretty self-explanatory.

api.action_authenticate(method, credentials, scope):API_AUTHENTICATE

This action is used internally by the session component.

api.action_user_create(attributes:Object): API_USER_CREATE

api.action_user_get(id:Number): API_USER_GET

api.action_user_update(id:Number, attributes:Object): API_USER_UPDATE

api.action_user_delete(id:Number): API_USER_DELETE

api.action_user_getDocuments(id:Number): API_USER_GET_DOCUMENTS

api.action_user_getSnapshots(id:Number): API_USER_GET_SNAPSHOTS

api.action_document_create(attributes:Object): API_DOCUMENT_CREATE

api.action_document_get(id:Number): API_DOCUMENT_GET

api.action_document_update(id:Number, attributes:Object): API_DOCUMENT_UPDATE

api.action_document_delete(id:Number): API_DOCUMENT_DELETE

api.action_document_getSnapshots(id:Number): API_DOCUMENT_GET_SNAPSHOTS

api.action_document_getSnapshotsSince(id, since): API_DOCUMENT_GET_SNAPSHOTS_SINCE

api.action_document_change(id:Number, changes:String, parent:Number): API_DOCUMENT_CHANGE

(changes must be a changeset as required by the document's ottype, serialized with JSON.stringify)

api.action_snapshot_get(id:Number): API_SNAPSHOT_GET


Package: hive-ui

editor.registerEditor(name:String, type:String, description:String, editoreditorSetup:Function(editor:Element))

Registers an editor called name for a given ot type with a description. The editorSetup function should load the editor and append any DOM elements as children of the element passed as editor. It should return a promise that resolves to a gulf Document. Editor names must be unique and are used for displaying options together with descriptions.


Package: hive-ui

settings.action_setForDocument(map:Object): SETTINGS_SET_FOR_DOCUMENT


settings.action_setForUser(map:Object): SETTINGS_SET_FOR_USER


settings.action_setForUserDocument(map:Object): SETTINGS_SET_FOR_USER


settings.action_setView(view): SETTINGS_SET_VIEW


This is an event emitter. Use it to display your own user settings by adding virtual-dom trees to children. Save changes by dispatchting the above actions.


This is an event emitter. Use it to display your own document settings by adding virtual-dom trees to children. Save changes by dispatchting the above actions.


This is an event emitter Use it to display your own personalized document settings by adding virtual-dom trees to children. Save changes by dispatchting the above actions.

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