useLocalStorage hook with TypeScript

April 21, 2020

I found myself in a situation to constantly insert the same data into HTML forms over and over again while developing. The useState hook store the value in the component’s state, but when refreshing the page or submitting the data the form data is reset.

To solve this I found the useLocalStorage hook from It is written in JavaScript, so I converted it into TypeScript.

import { useState } from 'react'

export const useLocalStorage = <T>(key: string, initialValue: T): [string, typeof setValue] => {
  const [storedValue, setStoredValue] = useState(() => {
    try {
      const item = window.localStorage.getItem(key)
      return item ? JSON.parse(item) : initialValue
    } catch (error) {
      return initialValue

  const setValue = (value: T): void => {
    try {
      const valueToStore = value instanceof Function ? value(storedValue) : value
      window.localStorage.setItem(key, JSON.stringify(valueToStore))
    } catch (error) {}

  return [storedValue, setValue]

I'm a web developer who loves to learn while building stuff. Find my portfolio from