Getting Started

Watch the Egghead Course#


Inside your React project directory, install Chakra UI by running either of the following:

npm i @chakra-ui/react @emotion/react@^11 @emotion/styled@^11 framer-motion@^4
yarn add @chakra-ui/react @emotion/react@^11 @emotion/styled@^11 framer-motion@^4

For create-react-app installation instructions, check this CRA templates guide.

Set up Provider#

For Chakra UI to work correctly, you need to set up the ChakraProvider at the root of your application.

Go to the root of your application and do this:

import * as React from "react"
// 1. import `ChakraProvider` component
import { ChakraProvider } from "@chakra-ui/react"
function App({ Component }) {
// 2. Use at the root of your app
return (
<Component />
  • For Create React App, you need to set this up in index.js or index.tsx


Go to pages/_app.js or pages/_app.tsx (create if it doesn't exist) and add this:

import { ChakraProvider } from "@chakra-ui/react"
function MyApp({ Component, pageProps }) {
return (
<Component {...pageProps} />
export default MyApp


Add the @chakra-ui/gatsby-plugin. It does everything automatically for you!

npm i @chakra-ui/gatsby-plugin
yarn add @chakra-ui/gatsby-plugin

Then add the plugin to your gatsby-config.

// gatsby-config.js
module.exports = {
plugins: ["@chakra-ui/gatsby-plugin"],

Add custom theme (Optional)#

If you need to customize the default chakra theme to match your design requirements, you can extend the theme from @chakra-ui/react.

Chakra UI provides an extendTheme function that deep merges the default theme with your customizations.

// 1. Import the extendTheme function
import { extendTheme } from "@chakra-ui/react"
// 2. Extend the theme to include custom colors, fonts, etc
const colors = {
brand: {
900: "#1a365d",
800: "#153e75",
700: "#2a69ac",
const theme = extendTheme({ colors })
// 3. Pass the `theme` prop to the `ChakraProvider`
function App({ Component }) {
return (
<ChakraProvider theme={theme}>
<Component />

ChakraProvider Props#

resetCSSbooleantrueautomatically includes <CSSReset />
themeTheme@chakra-ui/themeoptional custom theme
colorModeManagerStorageManagerlocalStorageManagermanager to persist a users color mode preference in
portalZIndexnumberundefinedcommon z-index to use for Portal

That's it, you're good to go!

Optional Packages#

  • Icons: If you want to use the icons from Chakra UI, install @chakra-ui/icons
  • Theme Tools: If you intend to customize components or build your own design system, this package includes useful utilities. Install @chakra-ui/theme-tools.

Notes on TypeScript 🚨#

Please note that when adding Chakra UI to a TypeScript project, a minimum TypeScript version of 4.1.0 is required.

If you're adding Chakra UI to a create-react-app project, this means you'll need to manually upgrade typescript to ^4.1.0.

See the guide for our create-react-app templates if you'd like to generate a Chakra-enabled create-react-app project from scratch.


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