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import React, { useState, useEffect, useCallback } from 'react';
// Usage
function App() {
const { execute, status, value, error } = useAsync(myFunction, false);
return (
{status === 'idle' && <div>Start your journey by clicking a button</div>}
{status === 'success' && <div>{value}</div>}
{status === 'error' && <div>{error}</div>}
<button onClick={execute} disabled={status === 'pending'}>
{status !== 'pending' ? 'Click me' : 'Loading...'}
// An async function for testing our hook.
// Will be successful 50% of the time.
const myFunction = () => {
return new Promise((resolve, reject) => {
setTimeout(() => {
const rnd = Math.random() * 10;
rnd <= 5
? resolve('Submitted successfully 🙌')
: reject('Oh no there was an error 😞');
}, 2000);
// Hook
const useAsync = (asyncFunction, immediate = true) => {
const [status, setStatus] = useState('idle');
const [value, setValue] = useState(null);
const [error, setError] = useState(null);
// The execute function wraps asyncFunction and
// handles setting state for pending, value, and error.
// useCallback ensures the below useEffect is not called
// on every render, but only if asyncFunction changes.
const execute = useCallback(() => {
return asyncFunction()
.then(response => {
.catch(error => {
}, [asyncFunction]);
// Call execute if we want to fire it right away.
// Otherwise execute can be called later, such as
// in an onClick handler.
useEffect(() => {
if (immediate) {
}, [execute, immediate]);
return { execute, status, value, error };
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trevithj commented Sep 22, 2021

@windmaomao the relevant snippet from the sandbox:

// An async function for testing our hook. Will be successful 50% of the time.
const myFunction = () => {
  return new Promise((resolve, reject) => {
    resolve(() => console.log("Oh no! This is a bug!"))

@Yey007, to clarify - you're saying this will clash with functional updates.

const [state, setState] = useState({});
setState(prevState => {
  return {...prevState, ...updatedValues};

This seems right. Nice!

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Yey007 commented Sep 23, 2021

@trevithj Exactly. This was a nightmare to debug, and I want to save others the pain.

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juandl commented Sep 29, 2021

@gragland I think this hook will cause re-rendering in the parent component as is calling the state more than 3 times. when clean the loading, errors, and when set the items..

here is one I made similar, this hook will setState only 1 time

 * Fetch Query and return result or error
 * @param {Object} params
 * @param {any} params.initialData - Initial items
 * @param {Boolean} params.fetchOnMount - Fetch on mount
 * @param {Promise} params.service - Promise to fetch
 * @param {any} params.query - Query params for service
 * @returns
const useQueryFetch = params => {
   * params
  const { initialState = null, fetchOnMount, service, query } = params || {};

   * States
  const [instance, setInstance] = useState({
    loading: true,
    error: null,
    firstMount: false,
    items: initialState

   * Fetch data from API
  const onFetch = async () => {
    let _instance = {

    try {
      //Fetch service
      const { data } = await service(query);

      //Set items
      _instance.items = data;
    } catch (err) {
      //Set error response data axios type
      if (err?.response?.data) {
        _instance.error =;
      } else {
        //Add internal error
        _instance.error = { internal: 'Something fail, try again' };

    //Close loading
    if (!_instance.error) _instance.loading = false;

    //Add first mount
    if (!_instance.firstMount) _instance.firstMount = true;

    //Complete query instance

  useEffect(() => {
     * Fetch data on mount
    if (fetchOnMount) onFetch();
    // eslint-disable-next-line react-hooks/exhaustive-deps
  }, []);

  return [onFetch, useMemo(() => instance, [instance])];

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juhagenah commented Nov 13, 2021

To me it seems that an unwanted line break was introduced in the description on in the typescript variant leading to the file not compiling:
"idle" | "pending" | "success" | "error"

should be in one line, I think.
Great stuff nevertheless!!!

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devgioele commented Mar 16, 2022

@xandris pointed out a very important issue here! For example, I pass a http fetch as the execute function, which then triggers other effects. In such a case, the execute function is called 3 times instead of just 1.

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xandris commented Mar 16, 2022

@devgioele i barely remember this! i think the issue is the function returned from useCallback isn't guaranteed to be === for the same dependencies...maybe a plain ref is right right answer; something guaranteed to be stable. although i've never seen any evidence of this 'cache eviction behavior', i just remember the React team left that option open for them. your issue might also be caused by rerenders higher up the tree though? when things get real deep it's easy to miss like key attributes, or subtrees might be getting unmounted and remounted by effects... it could also be parameters to the useAsync hook itself, maybe those aren't reference stable?

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devgioele commented Mar 17, 2022

Thanks for the quick reply @xandris! The actual problem was that not passing a reference stable function to useAsync caused infinite calls. To avoid that this function is recreated on each render, my solution is to wrap this function first with useCallback and then passing it to useAsync.

The fact that execute was called 3 times... that was because I was actually using it in 3 different places, but didn't realize it!

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TusharShahi commented Jun 25, 2022

Is it ideal to use a function as a useCallback dependency? Function is created fresh in every render (unless handled).

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tamiradler commented Nov 30, 2022

The init value of state should be depend on immediate variable:
const [status, setStatus] = useState(() => immediate ? 'pending' : 'idle' );

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