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JSS is a better abstraction over CSS. It uses JavaScript as a language to describe styles in a declarative and maintainable way. It is a high performance JS to CSS compiler which works at runtime and server-side. You can use it with React or with any other library. It is about 5KB (minified and gzipped) and is extensible via plugins API.




  • Theme Reactor - experimental React integration with theming.
  • Aesthetic - a React style abstraction layer with theme support.


  1. Live examples.
  2. Benefits
  3. Setup
  4. JSON API (JSS Syntax)
  5. JavaScript API
  6. Server-side rendering
  7. Performance
  8. Plugins API
  9. Official plugins
  10. All related projects
  11. CLI Converter
  12. Contributing


You need to setup plugins before. You can use a preset for a quick setup with default plugins.

import jss from 'jss'
import preset from 'jss-preset-default'
import color from 'color'

// One time setup with default plugins and settings.

const styles = {
  button: {
    fontSize: 12,
    '&:hover': {
      background: 'blue'
  ctaButton: {
    extend: 'button',
    '&:hover': {
      background: color('blue').darken(0.3).hex()
  '@media (min-width: 1024px)': {
    button: {
      width: 200

const {classes} = jss.createStyleSheet(styles).attach()

document.body.innerHTML = `
  <button class="${classes.button}">Button</button>
  <button class="${classes.ctaButton}">CTA Button</button>


  <style type="text/css">
    .button-123456 {
      font-size: 12px;
    .button-123456:hover {
      background: blue;
    .ctaButton-789012 {
      font-size: 12px;
    .ctaButton-789012:hover {
      background: red;
    @media (min-width: 1024px) {
      .button-123456 {
        min-width: 200px;
  <button class="button-123456">Button</button>
  <button class="ctaButton-789012">CTA Button</button>

When should I use it?

  • You build a JavaScript heavy application.
  • You use components based architecture.
  • You build a reusable UI library.
  • You need a collision free CSS (external content, third-party UI components ...).
  • You need code sharing between js and css.
  • Minimal download size is important to you.
  • Robustness and code reuse is important to you.
  • Ease of maintenance is important to you.
  • You just want to use any of its benefits


  • Make it easier for newcomers to setup jss with plugins (like presets).
  • Make JSON DSL even better, for e.g. jss-expand.
  • Make it easy to see when changes in the core break plugins (integrate plugins test suite).
  • Make community create plugins (better plugins API documentation, infrastructure).
  • Do more benchmarking, include plugins, always track perf regressions.
  • Introduce a way for theming with react-jss or replace it by jss-theme-reactor
  • Make SSR even better (vendor prefixer, smaller critical CSS)
  • Make CLI tool better, allow integration of styles written in various preprocessing languages as well as pure css.
  • React Native support.
  • Add converters stylus, sass and co. to cli with constants reuse.

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