Getting started

Instant is the Modern Firebase. With Instant you can easily build realtime and collaborative apps like FIgma or Notion. These are early days for Instant, there is much to build and we're excited for what's ahead.

Want to instantly play with Instant? Check out this sandbox for a simple example.

Have questions? Join us on discord!

Quick start

To use Instant in a brand new project fire up your terminal and do the following:

npx create-react-app instant-demo
cd instant-demo
npm i @instantdb/react
npm start

Now open up src/App.js in your favorite editor and replace the entirity of the file with the following code.

import { useEffect } from 'react'

import { useInit, useQuery, tx, transact } from '@instantdb/react'


function App() {
  const [isLoading, error, auth] = useInit({
    appId: APP_ID,
    websocketURI: 'wss://',
    apiURI: '',
  if (isLoading) {
    return (
        If you are seeing this you likely need to replace <b>APP_ID</b> on line
        5<br />
        <br />
        You can get your APP_ID by{' '}
        <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer">
          logging into your Instant dashboard
        . After replacing the id you may need to reload the page.
  if (error) {
    return <div>Oi! {error?.message}</div>
  return <Counter />

function Counter() {
  const query = {
    counter: {
      $: {
        where: {
          id: 'singleton',
        cardinality: 'one',
  const { counter } = useQuery(query)
  const count = counter?.count || 0
  useEffect(() => {
    if (!count) {
      transact([tx.counter['singleton'].update({ count: 1 })])
  }, [])
  return (
      onClick={() =>
        transact([tx.counter['singleton'].update({ count: count + 1 })])

export default App

Go to localhost:3000 and follow the final instruction to load the app!

Huzzah 🎉 You've got your first Instant app running. Check out the next sections to learn more about how to use Instant :)