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Creating a component library

By convention, libraries are created in the packages directory. Let's create one there.

Create a React library

? Which plugin would you like to run? React
? Which generator would you like to run? react-library
? Library name? ui-lib
? Parent directory? packages
? Package name used for publishing? @movie-magic/ui-lib

# In the root directory, edit package.json to force the latest version
# of React. This is done by adding the following overrides section after
# the devDependencies section:
"overrides": {
"react": "^18.2.0",
"react-dom": "^18.2.0"

# Edit /configs/typescript-config-custom/package.json to add a new
# typescript configuration (react-library.json). See below:
"files": [

# In the root directory, run:
npm run clean
npm install

# Commit
git add .
git commit -m "Added ui-lib"

Add a component

Now let's add a button component to ui-lib.

? Which plugin would you like to run? React
? Which generator would you like to run? component
? Component name? Button
? Which workspace should this go to? packages/ui-lib
? Parent directory within workspace? src/components/Button

Creating Button...
Parent directory within workspace?

Whenever Code Shaper asks you for the parent directory of a component, it gives you the default location as src/components/ComponentName (see above). If you are good with this location, just hit Enter - no need to type anything. If you want to override that location, just type the preferred pathname and hit Enter. This gives you full control over where components are created.

# A placeholder Button component has been created for you.
# Also a placeholder Storybook story has been created for you.
# Let's implement the button interactively using Storybook.
npm run storybook

Point your browser to http://localhost:6006. Storybook shows a placeholder implementation of the button. However, it does not look like a button at all. It's simply a <div> with some text.

Placeholder Button

Before implementing the button, let's add some css styles provided by the React plugin to Storybook. Edit storybook/.storybook/preview.tsx and add the following css import to it:

import '../../packages/ui-lib/src/styles/main.css';

export const parameters = {

Then add the following code to storybook/.storybook/preview-head.html to download the Inter font required by the CSS.

Use this file to add any extra elements to the head of your
Storybook preview iframe.

<link rel="preconnect" href="" />
<link rel="preconnect" href="" crossorigin />

You should immediately see the change in Storybook.

Finally, overwrite the code in Button.tsx with the real implementation of the button. Note that the button has a color property with 3 possible values: 'default' | 'primary' | 'secondary'.

import * as React from 'react';

interface ButtonProps {
rootClass?: string;
color?: 'default' | 'primary' | 'secondary';
children?: React.ReactNode;
onClick?: React.MouseEventHandler<HTMLButtonElement>;

export function Button({
color = 'default',
}: ButtonProps) {
const classes = [];

if (rootClass) {

classes.push('button button--contained button--small');

switch (color) {
case 'default': {
case 'primary': {
case 'secondary': {

return (
<button className={classes.join(' ')} onClick={onClick}>

Implement a Storybook story

Modify the placeholder Button story to demonstrate its color variations. Simply overwrite Button.stories.tsx with the following code:

import { Story, Meta } from '@storybook/react';
import { Button } from './Button';

export default {
title: 'Components/Button',
component: Button,
argTypes: { onClick: { action: 'clicked' } },
} as Meta;

const Template: Story = (args) => {
return (

export const ButtonStory = Template.bind({});
ButtonStory.storyName = 'Button';
ButtonStory.args = {
text: 'Button',
rootClass: '',
color: 'primary',

The snapshot below shows the updated Storybook interface. Notice that you can interactively change button props and see how the button behaves. Once you are satisfied with the implementation, move on to implement unit tests for the button.

Final Button Implementation

Implement unit tests

Unit tests are important to automate the testing of our components. They also serve as documentation for the component's requirements (hence they are also called specification files or specs). Finally, they are incredibly useful to ensure that future code changes don't break the component.

Modify the placeholder Button test to exercise its requirements. Simply overwrite Button.test.tsx with the following code:

import { render } from '@testing-library/react';
import { Button } from './Button';

describe('<Button />', () => {
test('colors render correctly', () => {
const { asFragment } = render(
<Button color="default">Submit</Button>
<Button color="primary">Submit</Button>
<Button color="secondary">Submit</Button>

test('class can be added via rootClass prop', () => {
const { asFragment } = render(<Button rootClass="ml-2">Submit</Button>);

Run the tests from the repo's root directory:

npm test

> movie-magic@0.0.1 test
> turbo run test

• Packages in scope: @movie-magic/ui-lib, eslint-config-custom, jest-config-custom, typescript-config-custom
• Running test in 4 packages
@movie-magic/ui-lib:test: cache miss, executing 7d238535d8761951
@movie-magic/ui-lib:test: > @movie-magic/ui-lib@0.0.1 test
@movie-magic/ui-lib:test: > jest --coverage
@movie-magic/ui-lib:test: PASS src/components/Button/Button.test.tsx
@movie-magic/ui-lib:test: › 2 snapshots written.
@movie-magic/ui-lib:test: ------------|---------|----------|---------|---------|-------------------
@movie-magic/ui-lib:test: File | % Stmts | % Branch | % Funcs | % Lines | Uncovered Line #s
@movie-magic/ui-lib:test: ------------|---------|----------|---------|---------|-------------------
@movie-magic/ui-lib:test: All files | 100 | 100 | 100 | 100 |
@movie-magic/ui-lib:test: Button.tsx | 100 | 100 | 100 | 100 |
@movie-magic/ui-lib:test: ------------|---------|----------|---------|---------|-------------------
@movie-magic/ui-lib:test: Snapshot Summary
@movie-magic/ui-lib:test: › 2 snapshots written from 1 test suite.
@movie-magic/ui-lib:test: Test Suites: 1 passed, 1 total
@movie-magic/ui-lib:test: Tests: 2 passed, 2 total
@movie-magic/ui-lib:test: Snapshots: 2 written, 2 total
@movie-magic/ui-lib:test: Time: 4.15 s, estimated 6 s
@movie-magic/ui-lib:test: Ran all test suites.

Tasks: 1 successful, 1 total
Cached: 0 cached, 1 total
Time: 8.595s

Commit your code

We are now done with our button implementation. Let's commit the code.

# Commit
git add .
git commit -m "Added button component"

We are now ready to create our first web app using Code Shaper. Navigate to Creating an application.