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Our Weekly Snack: You can't create React Context in a Server Component in Next.js 🍿

React Server Components have been really on my mind lately. Every week I discover a new Gotcha you should know about.

This week, let's focus on passing context with React Server Components.

You cannot create React Context inside a server Component. Remember, every component by default is a Server component in the Next 13 app directory 😳.

Well, you might think, let's convert the top-level component to a Client Component. Umm, you can't either, remember? You cannot make a Server Component a child of the Client, and if you make the Root component a Client, then every single component in the project will be a child, so we will have to say goodbye πŸ‘‹ to Server Components.

What's the workaround πŸ‘‡

Let's say you want to add dark mode to your app. We can create a ThemeProvider for it and store the value as dark or light. The best place to do this would be RootLayout, i.e. the root of the tree.

Since context providers are typically rendered near the root of an application to share global concerns, like the current theme. Because context is not supported in Server Components, trying to create a context at the root of your application will cause an error like the one below ❌

You're importing a component that needs createContext. It only works in a Client Component but none of its parents are marked with "use client", so they're Server Components by default.

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Hence we can create a ThemeProvider, mark it as β€˜use client’ and pass that on. Here's how πŸ‘‡

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With the provider rendered at the root, all other Client Components throughout your app can consume this context.

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