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Kitten is a components library based on Sass and React. It provides mixins to create flexible components based on your own brand elements (colors, fonts, typographic scale, etc.).

You can check out Kitten's components on KissKissBankBank's styleguide.

It is an npm module coupled with a Rails engine that provides an integrated styleguide. It should eventually be separated into two different repositories.



  • Ruby 2.2.4
  • Bundler (gem install bundler)
  • Node ~> 6.0

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You can choose to use the npm module only or with the Rails engine.


npm install kitten-components --save-dev

Rails engine

Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

# Style guide 
gem 'kitten'

And these routes to your routes.rb:

mount Kitten::Engine, at: '/kitten' if Rails.env.development?

You can then run bundle and restart your server.

kitten is designed to serve assets with Webpack through React on Rails.

For more detailed instructions, see Rails webpack configuration.


CSS components

Import kitten and the components your want to use in your application:

@import 'kitten';
@include k-Button;

You can define your own font families, typography settings and colors by overriding the the $k-fonts, $k-typography and $k-colors options. Check out the default config for an example.

React components

You can render React components directly in your js bundle:

const yourLoanSimulatorProps = {}
  React.createElement(LoanSimulator, yourLoanSimulatorProps),

Or, use React on Rails view helper in your .erb file:

<%= react_component('LoanSimulator', props: your_loan_simulator_props) %>

Style guide

Kitten provides a styleguide interface through a Rails engine. You can run see it in your browser by downloading kitten and launching the app or by installing the style guide in your Rails app.

The engine provides some configuration options that can be defined in config/initializers/kitten.rb:

  • webpack_output_bundle: This option is used to pass an output bundle name for hot reloading. By default, it is set to application-bundle.

Example configuration:

Kitten.configure do |config|
  config.webpack_output_bundle = 'your-custom-bundle'



Check out the guidelines to start creating new components!


$ bin/kitten install

Style guide

To launch the style guide with hot-reloading, install overmind, then:

$ bin/start

Then visit http://localhost:3003

Background app

To launch the style guide in the background without hot-reloading:

$ bin/kitten start

Then visit http://localhost:3000

To stop the app:

$ bin/kitten stop

To check wether it is running or not:

$ bin/kitten status

To tail the app logs in real time:

$ bin/kitten log

Hit Ctrl+C to stop the tail.

Production settings

To share the style guide with production settings (to share via ngrok for example), you can compile the assets and serve a production server:

$ bin/rake staging:assets:precompile
$ REACT_ON_RAILS_ENV= rails s -b


To cleanup installed modules:

bin/kitten cleanup

Style checker

$ yarn stylelint

Ruby specs

$ bundle exec rake


We use SassDoc to generate documentation from our components comments.

Generate the documentation:

$ bundle exec rake sassdoc
# OR 
$ yarn sassdoc

The documentation is accessible on development environment: /kitten/sassdoc.

Component testing

To launch the JS tests:

$ bin/kitten test
# OR 
$ bin/test {PATH}/{FILE}.test.js

Check out the guidelines to know how to test kitten.


To contribute code:

  • Create a pull request on GitHub with a clear title in English.

  • Tag it with the right labels: Needs reviews, Needs testing or Work in progress.

  • Don't forget to update the under the [unreleased] section with the following syntax:

    - Breaking change: a breaking change.
    - Feature: a new feature.
    - Fix: a fix.
  • Update the under the [unreleased] section if you added some updates to the styleguide.

To merge code into master:

  • Make sure the code has been reviewed by someone.
  • Make sure it has been tested.
  • Merge using Squash and merge on GitHub.
  • Delete the branch.

Static Dump

To build an on disk static file mirror:

$ bin/kitten buildstatic
  • files are located in build/


Only for KissKissBankBank collaborators


If this is your first release, start by saving your npm credentials in your ~/.npmrc by calling:

$ yarn login

Prepare the release pull request

  • Pull master.
  • Update the file:
  • Update the file:
    • Update the version with the version of the library.
    • Add a new [unreleased] section.
  • Update the version in lib/kitten/version.rb.
  • Update the version in package.json.
  • Run this command:
$ bundle exec rake kitten_prepare_release
  • Follow the link to create the pull request on Github.
  • Announce the release on KissKissBankBank's #kit-ui Slack channel with the related CHANGELOG.


Once the pull request is accepted:

  • Merge the pull request into master.
  • Delete the release branch.
  • Run this command:
$ bundle exec rake kitten_release