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XState Inspector
Storybook addon for displaying xstate inspector inside storybook
npm install storybook-xstate-addon
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xState Storybook Addon


npm install -D @storybook/addons storybook-xstate-addon @xstate/inspect @xstate/react


To use this in storybook simply add addons: ["storybook-xstate-addon/preset"] to your storybook config.

If you want to enable the inspector in all stories, set the following in your /.storybook/preview.js file. With this setting on you can disable the inspector in certain stories

export const parameters = {
  xstate: true,

To enable the inspector in a single story/stories file, set the xstate parameter to true or an options object.

// this will turn on the inspector for all stories in the current file
export default {
  title: "Example",
  parameters: {
    xstate: true,
    // this option is passed to the inspect function
    xstateInspectOptions: {
      url: '',
      serialize: null

// this turns the inspector on for only a single story
StoryComponent.parameters = {
  xstate: true,

To assist with viewing larger state charts, you can pass the height option in the xstate parameter to force the height of the inspector.

StoryComponent.parameters = {
  xstate: {
    height: "1000px",

Additionally, you can send events to a machine by id when it is registered by adding the xstate parameter.

For more example usages see [./stories/Button.stories.tsx] and [./stories/Machines.stories.tsx].

StoryComponent.parameters = {
  xstate: {
    machine_id1: {
      events: "event",
    machine_id2: {
      events: { type: "event" },
    machine_id3: {
      events: [{ type: "event1" }, { type: "event2" }],
    machine_id4: {
      events: (state) => "event",
    machine_id5: {
      events: ["event1", "event2"],
      delay: 2.5e3, // milliseconds to delay before sending the next event
      shouldRepeatEvents: true, // for looping event sequences

If you wish to use the Inspector as the main story itself, simply use the following snippet (uses react).

import { RenderMachine } from 'storybook-xstate-addon/RenderMachine';

export const MachinePreview = () => <RenderMachine machine={confirmMachine.withConfig({ ... })} events={[]} />;
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