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I made my componentWillMount() async. Now I can using await with the setState.

Here is the sample code:

componentWillMount = async() => {
  const { fetchRooms } = this.props
  await this.setState({ })

So question here is this.setState returns promise because I can use await with it?


When I put await then it runs in a sequence 1, 2, 3 And when I remove await then it runs 1, 3, 2??

  componentWillMount = async() => {
    const { fetchRooms } = this.props
    await this.setState({ } => {

You can promisify this.setState so that you can use the React API as a promise. This is how I got it to work:

class LyricsGrid extends Component {

  setAsyncState = (newState) =>
    new Promise((resolve) => this.setState(newState, resolve));

Later, I call this.setAsyncState using the standard Promise API:

this.setAsyncState({ lyricsCorpus, matrix, count })
  .catch(err => console.error(err))
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setState is usually not used with promises because there's rarely such need. If the method that is called after state update (fetchRooms) relies on updated state (roomId), it could access it in another way, e.g. as a parameter.

setState uses callbacks and doesn't return a promise. Since this is rarely needed, creating a promise that is not used would result in overhead.

In order to return a promise, setState can be promisified, as suggested in this answer.

Posted code works with await because it's a hack. await ... is syntactic sugar for Promise.resolve(...).then(...). await produces one-tick delay that allows to evaluate next line after state update was completed, this allows to evaluate the code in intended order. This is same as:

this.setState({ roomId: room && room.roomId ? room.roomId : 0 }, () => {

setTimeout(() => {

There's no guarantee that the order will stay same under different conditions. Also, first setState callback isn't a proper place to check whether a state was updated, this is what second callback is for.

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Estus Flask

setState does not return a promise.

setState has a callback.

    key: value,
}, () => {
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Tazo leladze

It does not return a promise.

You can slap the await keyword in front of any expression. It has no effect if that expression doesn't evaluate to a promise.

setState accepts a callback.

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Don't think setState is returning a Promise but you can always do this

 await new Promise( ( resolve ) => 
     this.setState( {
     }, resolve )

or you can make some utility function like this

const setStateAsync = ( obj, state ) => {
    return new Promise( ( resolve ) =>
        obj.setState( state , resolve )

and use it inside a React.Component like this:

await setStateAsync(this,{some:'any'})
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Bogdan Manole

You can simple customize a Promise for setState

  componentWillMount = async () => {
    await this.setRooms();

  setRooms = () => {
    const { fetchRooms } = this.props;
    return fetchRooms().then(({ room }) => {
      this.setState({ roomId: room && room.roomId ? room.roomId : 0 }, _ =>


  setRooms = async () => {
    const { fetchRooms } = this.props;
    const { room } = await fetchRooms();

    return new Promise(resolve => {
      this.setState({ roomId: room && room.roomId ? room.roomId : 0 }, _ =>

Hope this help =D

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Simpler way to answer this question is we can use promisify function present in pre-installed util library of node.js and then use it with the await keyword.

import {promisify} from 'util';

updateState = promisify(this.setState);
await this.updateState({ image: data });
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siraj pathan

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