Create React App

1. Installation#

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

npm i @chakra-ui/react @emotion/react@^11 @emotion/styled@^11 framer-motion@^5
yarn add @chakra-ui/react @emotion/react@^11 @emotion/styled@^11 framer-motion@^5

2. Provider Setup#

After installing Chakra UI, you need to set up the ChakraProvider at the root of your application. This can be either in your index.jsx or index.tsx

Put in the following code:

import * as React from 'react'
// 1. import `ChakraProvider` component
import { ChakraProvider } from '@chakra-ui/react'
function App() {
// 2. Wrap ChakraProvider at the root of your app
return (
<ChakraProvider>
<App />
</ChakraProvider>
)
}

ChakraProvider Props#

NameTypeDefaultDescription
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

Boom! You're good to go with steps 1 and 2 🚀🚀🚀 However, if you'd love to take it a step further, check out step 3.

3. Optional Setup#

  • Customizing Theme

If you intend to customise the default theme object 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, ChakraProvider } 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() {
return (
<ChakraProvider theme={theme}>
<App />
</ChakraProvider>
)
}

To further customize components or build your own design system, the theme-tools package includes useful utilities. Install @chakra-ui/theme-tools.

  • Using Chakra Icons

Chakra provides a set of commonly used interface icons you can use in your project.

If you want to use the icons from Chakra UI, install @chakra-ui/icons.

Follow this guide for customising Chakra Icons Using Chakra UI Icons.

Notes on TypeScript 🚨#

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

Increate-react-app project, 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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