Styled UI component primitives for React - built with cxs

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Styled UI component primitives for React - built with cxs
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npm install cxs-components


  • ~6 KB
  • Simple API to quickly create UI components
  • Performant, functional CSS-in-JS
  • Uses native JavaScript objects
  • Supports pseudoclasses, media queries, and keyframes

cxs-components' API is inspired by styled-components but instead of tagged template literals it uses plain JavaScript objects, which allow for the use of native JavaScript types without the need to escape embedded CSS.
For reasons similar to the motivations behind JSX, this is preferred over embedded CSS syntax.
Template literals work well for long embedded DSLs. Unfortunately the syntax noise is substantial when you exit in and out of embedded arbitrary ECMAScript expressions with identifiers in scope.
ā€“ Facebook JSX
cxs-components helps enforce separation of style and business logic by promoting pure functional UI components ā€“ i.e. presentational or "dumb" components.


import React from 'react'
import createComponent from 'cxs-components'

const Box = createComponent('div')({
  padding: 32

const TomatoBox = createComponent(Box)({
  backgroundColor: 'tomato'

const App = () => (


import createComponent from 'cxs-components'
// create component function

createComponent(tagName)(style, options)
// Returns a functional React component

  • tagName can be either a DOM element string or a React component
  • style can be a style object or a function that returns a style object
  • options is an optional object to pass options to the component creation function

Functional styles

A function can be passed as the style argument to use props to control styling.
const Box = createComponent('div')(props => ({
  padding: props.big ? 64 : 32

const App = () => (
  <Box big>Big Box</Box>

By default, all props are pass on to child elements. To ensure non-standard DOM attributes are not passed on, specify a removeProps array in the options object.
const Box = createComponent('div')(props => ({
  padding: props.big ? 64 : 32
}), {
  // Clean up after yourself šŸ›
  removeProps: [


cxs supports pseudoclasses.
const Link = createComponent('a')({
  color: blue,
  ':hover': {
    color: darkblue

Media queries

const Heading = createComponent('h2')({
  fontSize: 32,
  margin: 0,
  '@media screen and (min-width: 52em)': {
    fontSize: 48

Server-Side Rendering

To render cxs components server-side extract the CSS string after rendering the application tree.
const { createElement } = require('react')
const { renderToString } = require('react-dom/server')
const { cxs } = require('cxs-components')
const App = require('./App')

const render = (req, res) => {
  const html = renderToString(
  const css = cxs.getCss()

  return (`<!DOCTYPE html>

Static Style Components

For even better performance, the optional static module can be imported instead of the default module. The static create component function works the same as the defualt, but does NOT support functions as an argument for styles.
import createComponent from 'cxs-components/static'

// This works the same
const Box = createComponent('div')({
  padding: 32

// This WILL NOT work with the static create component function
const Card = createComponent('div')(props => ({
  color: props.color


MIT License