The $component custom Alpine.js magic property

You can't add new directives to Alpine.js v2, but you can add custom magic properties. You know, the things that start with $, like the $refs, $dispatch.

What caught my attention recently is the $component that allows access to a different component's data. This property is provided by Magic Helpers, a collection of 3rd-party custom magic properties.

So far, the best solution to the global state management in Alpine.js is still Spruce, but using the $component is a viable alternative if you sparingly want to access data from another component.

Here's how it works once you included the library:

<!-- Add the x-id, so you can reference it later -->
<div x-id="user" x-data="{ color: 'yellow' }"></div>

<p x-data>
    My favorite color is
    <!-- Reference the component by the x-id -->
    <span x-text="$component('user').color"></span>

They also provide the conventient $parent shortcut when you have nested components:

<div x-data="{ color: 'yellow' }">
    <p x-data>
        My favorite color is
        <span x-text="$parent.color"></span>

There is a new version of Alpine.js, and the magic properties API changed. Consider this article outdated.