26 September 2023

Team Update – Welcoming Peter, Svelte Flow alpha and v11.9.0

John Robb
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Good to see you again friends. We have big “official” updates incoming, but in the meantime, we wanted to share what’s been going on over here for the past months.

TL;DR, Try out the Svelte Flow alpha, many fixed React Flow bugs, our name will change to “xyflow” soon, and we're welcoming Peter to the core team.

Say hi to Peter! 👋🏻

As team member #5, Peter is joining us from the worlds of computer graphics, interactive audio-visual installation work, film, all while coding libraries and tools along the way. In the past months he's developed an enthusiasm for Svelte while working on a film production tool, and has already made some much-needed changes to Svelte Flow alpha ⚡️

You’ll be seeing Peter around on our Discord and Github, and he’ll be joining us in our Berlin office. We’re excited to have him on our team 😊

React Flow: fewer bugs, improved performance 🧼

Recent releases in the past months have led to:

And so, so many bugs have been squashed. Old bugs, new bugs. We feel like 6 year olds who just found an ant hill. For a comprehensive list, here's our changelog (opens in a new tab).

Hayleigh has been hard at work restructuring our docs, which were much needed for some care and sorting after a couple of years of organic growth. You’ll see these updates with the release of our website redesign (keep reading for more on this).

Svelte Flow Alpha is Live! 🎉

For those with keen eyes, you may have noticed a xyflow branch in the react-flow repo, and that’s because we’ve ported React Flow to Svelte, and now you can install it and try it out!! 🚀

npm install @xyflow/svelte

You can check out our Github Readme (opens in a new tab) and reference our React Flow docs while we create the Svelte Flow docs. Because we are in alpha, the API is likely to change.

What would be the biggest help for us is if you share it with anyone you know who uses Svelte, or if you use Svelte yourself, try it out and submit bugs or issues you encounter (our Discord (opens in a new tab) is a great place for discussion)- we assume there are many 😄

There’s already a a Svelte Flow Alpha app out in the wild! https://ffmpeg.lav.io/ (opens in a new tab)

As usual, it’s MIT Licensed.

What’s the plan with Svelte Flow?

Just like with React Flow we expect to hear about a lot of bugs and feature requests in the weeks and months after launch, and we’re going to pay attention to those and respond to all of the requests that we can. At this point, we’re hoping people try it out, build things, and we’ll keep our ears and inboxes open to feedback. Most of all, we’re looking forward to seeing what people build!

Launching Svelte Flow also means we are maintaining two libraries instead of one. As you saw above, our team has gotten a little bigger to help us out with that.

Also a bonus along the way to building Svelte Flow was that we generalized the React Flow core into vanilla JS, allowing us to refactor and clean up the foundation of our library. This could allow us to more easily port the library to other languages in the future.

Soon: Fresh paint and changing our name 🎨

A screenshot of a header of a page. The title says Wire your ideas with xyflow.
A sneak peek of the new website

Once Svelte Flow started to materialize, we quickly realized “React Flow” is an inflexible name. Just imagine “npm install reactflow/svelte” 😬😬

“xyflow” will soon be the roof that React Flow and Svelte Flow live under. We like that “xy” can represent a variable (”xy” can be replaced with “react” or “svelte” to create the names of the individual libraries), as well as the xy coordinates of a graph. And you pronounce it like… erm… we’ll have to get back to you on that one.

There will be package name changes as a result, and we’ll give clear instructions on how to make this change as soon as we “officially” launch all of this.

And all of this is going to come with a fresh website, thanks to the brilliant Facu Montanaro (opens in a new tab) 👏🏻

We went into the real world! Ahhh

Hayleigh went to DevRelCon in London, where she brought back a bunch of findings on how we can better help folks using React Flow and the ecosystems around it. The videos from the conference should be dropping soon here (opens in a new tab).

John gave another talk about money in open source in Portland, Oregon at FOSSY. This one’s 20 minutes with Q&A, so it’s our most comprehensive share on the topic yet. You can watch it here (opens in a new tab).

Moritz and John held the first React Flow “Town Hall,” where we opened up our Discord for live questions from anyone who wanted to ask. We were looking for a way to be transparent about what’s coming up next at React Flow, without sticking to the structure of a roadmap. We’ll definitely be doing it again, it was a lot of fun!

Open Sourcing our Pro Platform 🎁

Our Pro platform allows subscribers to access the code and tutorials of our "Pro Examples", but the repository for this platform has always been private. On our quest to allow more open source projects to be fairly compensated for their work, Christopher has been refactoring our Pro Platform from the ground up.

A screenshot with a code example called Force Layout, with a tutorial below it.
Our Pro Platform, soon to be open source

We hope other companies like us might use it in the future to build businesses around their open source software. If you're interested in this, please reach out to us, we'd love to know how this could work for you.


Ok that was a lot. Thanks for letting us get all of that off our chest. We’ll be posting again soon once we do an official launch of... everything.

Thanks for being a part of the journey!


The Rea… xyflow team

Christopher, Hayleigh, John, Moritz, and Peter

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