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React Native Tachyons

Welcome to Shipt's React Native Tachyons library! Checkout our documentation below to learn how to get started.

Table of Contents

Getting Started

These instructions will help you get set up with react-native-tachyons.


# with npm
npm i --save @shipt/react-native-tachyons

# with yarn
yarn add @shipt/react-native-tachyons

Defining Custom Tachyons (Optional)

You can use the build function to create your own custom tachyon strings.

// styleConfig.js

import { build } from '@shipt/react-native-tachyons';

// define your rem
const rem = 16;

// define your color palette
const colors = {
  white: '#ffffff',
  black: '#000000',

// define your style shorthands
const styles = {
  'gutter-h': { paddingLeft: '1rem', paddingRight: '1rem' },
  'gutter-v': { paddingTop: '1rem', paddingBottom: '1rem' },
  'some-style': { height: 100, width: '100%' },

// Run build

Now the custom tachyons you defined will be usable.

import React from 'react';
import { View, Text } from 'react-native';
import { styled } from '@shipt/react-native-tachyons';

const ButtonContainer = styled(View)`some-style gutter-h gutter-v`;
const ButtonContent = styled(Text)`white`;

export function Button(props) {
  return (


Basic Example

Define components using a styled-components-like syntax.

import React from 'react';
import { View, Text } from 'react-native';
import { styled } from '@shipt/react-native-tachyons';

const ButtonContainer = styled(View)`flx-i jcc aic`;
const ButtonContent = styled(Text)`p3 white`;

export function Button(props) {
  return (

Usage With Raw Style Objects

While tachyons will cover 90% of your needs, it's inevitable that you'll sometimes need something custom.

// ...react imports
import { styled } from '@shipt/react-native-tachyons';

// style objects that won't change can be pass in here
const Box = styled(View, styles.Box, styles.anotherStyle)`flx-i gutter-h bg-white`;

function MyComponent(props) {
  const backgroundColor = ? '#051937' : '#12B2EB;
  const dynamicStyle = { backgroundColor }

  // styles that will change over time can be passed as a  prop
  return <Box style={dynamicStyle} />;

const styles = StyleSheet.create({
  Box: {
    width: 234
  anotherStyle: {
    color: 'red

Styled Component Props

Just like the Styled Components Library (thanks for the awesome work and inspiration, guys), our styled components use the tagged template literal syntax. This means that you can use string interpolation to pass in functions that return tachyon strings based on props. That's a mouth full, so here's an example:

import { styled } from '@shipt/react-native-tachyons';

// Let's make a button that changes the background color based on a `primary` prop
const Button = styled(View)`flx-i gutter-h ${(props) => (props.primary ? 'bg-blue' : 'bg-white')}`;

function CancelButton() {
  return <Button />; // background will be white

function SubmitButton() {
  return <Button primary />; // background will be blue

Composing Styled Components

You can compose and build up styled components. Let's make some buttons to demonstrate. Notice that CancelButton wraps the initial Button, etc.

import { styled } from '@shipt/react-native-tachyons'

const Button = styled(TouchableOpacity)`w5 h3 p3 black`

// Reuse Button
const CancelButton = styled(Button)`bg-white`
const WhiteTextButton = styled(Button)`white`

// Reuse WhiteTextButton
const PrimaryButton = styled(WhiteTextButton)`bg-blue`
const SuccessButton = styled(WhiteTextButton)`bg-green`
const DangerButton = styled(WhiteTextButton)`bg-red`

function Actions() {
  return <>
    <PrimaryButton onPress={() => console.log("do primary stuff")}>
    <SuccessButton onPress={() => console.log("be successful")}>
    <DangerButton onPress={() => console.log("risk it")}>
    <CancelButton onPress={() => console.log("cancel something")}>

The T Function

If you're not into styled components, you can use the T function. It accepts a string of tachyons and returns an array of style objects. The array is memoized to work well with things like PureComponent and React.Memo.

import React from 'react';
import { View, Text } from 'react-native';
import { T } from '@shipt/react-native-tachyons';

export function Button(props) {
  return (
    <View style={T('flx-i jcc aic')}>
      <Text style={T('white')}>{props.text}</Text>

The T function will also accept additional style objects. These additional styles will override the provided tachyons.

// ...react imports
import { T } from '@shipt/react-native-tachyons';

function MyComponent() {
  const style = T('flx-i gutter-h bg-white', styles.Box);
  return <View style={style} />;

const styles = StyleSheet.create({
  Box: {
    width: 234,

Styled Components Babel Plugin

We'll have a babel plugin coming soon that will make debugging easier.


Usage with Animated.createAnimatedComponent

We haven't tracked down the exact issue nor can we reliably replicate, but occasionally RN will throw a nasty error if you use Animated.createAnimatedComponent with a styled component. The solution is to style your component prior to using Animated.createAnimatedComponent.

const Component = styled(View)`absolute`;

const AnimatedComponent = React.createAnimatedComponent(Component);

// BAD
const AnimatedView = React.createAnimatedComponent(View);

const AnimatedComponent = styled(AnimatedView)`absolute`;

Tachyon Table

For a full list of tachyon strings and the styles they represent, go here.


Read the Attributions here.


All changes to this repository must be made via a Pull Request. Please create PRs off of the v1 branch (default branch). All PRs are required to be reviewed by 2 engineers prior to merge.


Packages are built and published via CircleCI. The publish workflow is triggered when a tag is published.

To publish a new version of this package:

  • create a branch off of v1
  • update the package version in package.json and run npm install to update the package-lock.json file. Please follow SemVer when updating package versions.
  • create a PR with these changes, based off of v1 branch
  • once the above PR is approved and merged, create a tag with a pattern of \d+.\d+.\d+ e.g. 0.1.1 that targets the v1 branch
  • publish this tag to kickoff the build_and_publish workflow in CircleCI
  • ensure that the CircleCI workflows succeeds, and a package version is published to both the Github NPM Registry and Public NPM Registry


To find out who our Maintainers are, check out


This project is licensed under the MIT License - see the file for details.




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