Instance Self

The self object is a proxy in the framework store part of your context and gives you information about the instance lifecycle.

This key is readonly and available only in the client context.

Each instance receives its own self object.

The following keys are available in the object:

  • initiated: boolean
  • hydrated: boolean
  • prerendered: boolean
  • element: HTMLElement

When a lifecycle method is resolved, even if not declared, an equivalent key is set to true in self.

If the component was server-side rendered the prerendered key will remain true until it is terminated.

The element key points to the DOM selector and is only guaranteed to exist when hydrate is being called since prepare and initiate could run in the server.

💡 Do not use element to guess the environment, instead use the environment for that.

Observing self is a nice way to avoid giving placeholder information to the end-user.

import Nullstack from 'nullstack';

class Page extends Nullstack {

  // ...

  async initiate() {
    this.price = await this.getPrice();

  async hydrate({self}) {
  render({self}) {
    if(!self.prerendered && !self.initiated) return false;
    return (
        <input type="number" bind={this.price} />
        <button disabled={!self.hydrated}> 


export default Page;

💡 Components that get optimized into functional components have no access to self.

Next step

⚔ Learn about the instance key.