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React Styleguide Generator (Alt!)


  • Use the 2.x versions for babel 5, 3.x for babel 6.'
  • PRs are welcome, feel free to contribute to the project!

A React component guide that generates code examples, prop documentation, rendered component samples and is built for active development.

  • Renders out components that can be interacted with
  • Uses webpack + hot module replacement to automatically update the guide as you work on your components
  • react-docgen is used under the hood to document your component's propTypes
  • Can manually + automatically generate code samples w/ syntax highlighting

Demo using the React-Bootstrap.

Fork notice

This project is originally forked from react-styleguide-generator.


  • Removed browserify and replaced with webpack + hot module replacement
  • Complete overhaul of the core rsg.js lib to support webpack
  • react-docgen generation and asset distribution moved to custom webpack plugins
  • Fixed a bug where using input text boxes and typing into them will shift focus to the search box
  • Improved highlighting performance - extremely large guides should not take forever to render
  • Config file can now be an exported object, allowing for more dynamic configuration

See for future update info


  • React 0.14.x. Install both react and react-dom.
  • Was developed on node 4, but has been known to work on ~0.10.45.


npm install rsg-alt

Documenting your React components

Create file for the styleguide, and then add some documentation to a static field named styleguide. You can use the ES6 syntax by Babel.

import React from 'react'
import Button from './Button'
export default class extends React.Component {
  static styleguide = {
    index: '1.1',
    category: 'Elements',
    title: 'Button',
    description: 'You can use **Markdown** within this `description` field.',
    code: `<Button size='small|large' onClick={Function}>Cool Button</Button>`,
    className: 'apply the css class',
    props: {
      size: 'large'
  onClick () {
  render () {
    return (
      <Button size='large' onClick={this.onClick}>Cool Button</Button>
  • index: Reference to the element's position in the styleguide (optional)
  • category: Components category name
  • title: Components title
  • description: Components description (optional)
  • code: Code example (optional). Not specifying this will not auto-generate an example.
  • className: CSS class name (optional)
  • props: Properties to assign to the rendered example component (optional)

Additional examples in tabs (optional) Demo

You can optionally use tabs to segment out examples for a component:

import React from 'react'
import Button from './Button'
export default class extends React.Component {
  static styleguide = {
    // Component to use for generating additional examples
    exampleComponent: Button,
    // Options for the first tab
    defaultTabOpts: {
        firstTabName: 'Default example'
    // Array of additional example tabs
    examples: [{
      tabTitle: 'Default',
      props: {
        children: 'Default'
    }, {
      tabTitle: 'Primary',
      props: {
        kind: 'primary',
        children: 'Primary',
        onClick () {
          alert('o hay!')
  • exampleComponent: ReactElement to use to generate the examples.
  • examples: Array of examples, which generates additional tabs of example components and sample code
  • examples[].tabTitle: Title of example tab
  • examples[].props: Properties to assign to the rendered example component
  • examples[].props.children: (optional) Child elements to assign to the example component
  • examples[].code: (optional) Code example. Omitting this will attempt to auto-generate a code example using the examples[].props

Additional examples via doc comment (optional) Demo

Doc comment support example is:

 * Substitute this description for `styleguide.description`.
export default class extends Component {
  // required for prop documentation
  static displayName = 'ExampleButton'
  static styleguide = {
  // Document the props via react-docgen
  static propTypes = {
     * Block level
    block: React.PropTypes.bool,
     * Style types
    kind: React.PropTypes.oneOf(['default', 'primary', 'success', 'info'])
  render () {
    return <Button block kind='primary'>Cool Button</Button>

If necessary, visit react-styleguide-generator-alt/example to see more complete examples for the documenting syntax.

Generating the documentation

Command line tool

A common usage example is below.

# The default output to `styleguide` directory 
rsg 'example/**/*.js'

Type rsg -h or rsg --help to get all the available options.

Usage: rsg [input] [options]

  -o, --output     Output directory            ['styleguide']
  -t, --title      Used as a page title        ['Style Guide']
  -r, --root       Set the root path           ['.']
  -f, --files      Inject references to files  ['']
  -c, --config     Use a js/json config file   ['styleguide.json']
  -p, --pushstate  Enable HTML5 pushState      [false]
  -v, --verbose    Verbose output              [false]
  -d, --dev        Start server with webpack hmr [3000]

  rsg 'example/**/*.js' -t 'Great Style Guide' -f 'a.css, a.js' -v

  # Necessary to use a config file if you want to enable react-docgen
  rsg 'example/**/*.js' -c 'styleguide.json' -v

  # Example 2 - config file does module.exports = { ... }
  rsg 'example/**/*.js' -c 'styleguide.js' -v


var gulp = require('gulp')
var RSG = require('rsg-alt')
gulp.task('styleguide', function (done) {
  var rsg = RSG('example/**/*.js', {
    output: 'path/to/dir',
    files: ['a.css', 'a.js']
  rsg.generate(function (err) {
    if (err) {


var RSG = require('rsg-alt')
grunt.registerTask('rsg', 'React style guide', function () {
  var done = this.async()
  try {
    var conf = grunt.config.get('rsg')
    RSG(conf.input, {
      config: conf.configFile,
      dev: false,
      verbose: true
    }).generate(function (err) {
      if (err) {
          grunt.log.error('Error: ' + err + ' ' + err.stack())
          return done(false)
      grunt.log.ok('react styleguide generation complete')
  } catch (e) {
    grunt.log.error('Error: ' + e + ' ' + e.stack)


RSG(input, [options])

Returns a new RSG instance.


Type: String

Refers to glob syntax or it can be a direct file path.



Type: String
Default: 'styleguide'

Output directory path.


Type: String
Default: 'Style Guide'

Used as a page title and in the page header.


Type: Array Default: input

An array of glob-able file/paths for react-docgen to parse. If not specified, will default the value to input.


Type: String
Default: '.'

Set the root path. For example, if the styleguide is hosted at the options.root should be styleguide.


Type: Array
Default: null

Inject references to files. A usage example is:

  files: [

Check for the existence of the files and only copy the files if it exists.

├─ a.css
├─ a.js
└─ icon.svg

Inject file references into index.html if the files with the extension .css or .js.

<!doctype html>
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="//">
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="files/a.css">
    <script src="files/a.js"></script> 

Type: String|Object
Default: styleguide.json

The entire range of RSG API options is allowed. Usage example.

  • An object can be passed instead of a filename that contains the RSG API options.
  • A Javascript file can be passed in that exports an object instead:
// styleguide.js
module.exports = {
  "title": "React Style Guide",
  "files": [
  "webpackConfig": {}

Type: String
Default: false

Enable HTML5 pushState. When this option is enabled, styleguide will use history API.


Type: Object Default: {}

Uses deepmerge to merge in a custom webpack configuation to the rsg webpack configuration. Existing arrays (eg plugins) are appended to maintain functionality.


Type: Array<String|RegExp> Default: null

Adds a custom rule(s) to the webpack loader to include additional items to transpile via babel-loader. This is provided as a convenience to using webpackConfig directly.


Type: Array<String> Default: null

Add Babel plugins in addition to those automatically provided with the presets react, es2015, stage-0. EG: You might want to support decorators with transform-decorators-legacy.


Generate the files and their dependencies into a styleguide output.


Get the demo running locally:

git clone
cd react-styleguide-generator-alt/example/
npm install
npm start

Visit http://localhost:3000/ in your browser.

Remove the styleguide static for production

It is most likely that you will not have use for the styleguide static when you're using your component in production. To remove the static (and other unnecessary statics) during transpiling, use babel-plugin-transform-react-remove-statics


Error: No suitable component definition found.

Make sure your component contains displayName and render().


npm i rsg-alt

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