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The DevExtreme React Template allows you to create an application with several views and a hierarchical menu (see the live preview).


You can use DevExtreme CLI commands to modify, add, and delete views, configure the menu, and change themes.

The DevExtreme React Template is based on DevExtreme React components and generated with Create React App.

Getting Started

Use the DevExtreme CLI's new react-app command to create a DevExtreme React application that includes several sample views and a navigation menu:

npx devextreme-cli new react-app app-name
cd app-name
npm run start

The application includes a side navigation menu and an outer toolbar.

Outer Toolbar Layout

You can set the --layout option to side-nav-inner-toolbar to use the layout with an inner toolbar.

npx devextreme-cli new react-app app-name --layout=side-nav-inner-toolbar

Inner Toolbar Layout

Use the --empty flag to generate an application without views and navigation items.

npx devextreme-cli new react-app app-name --empty

You can also clone the current repository to configure the DevExtreme React Template.

git clone
cd devextreme-react-template
npm install
npm run start

Switch the Layout

You can change the layout in an existing application. For this, substitute the SideNavOuterToolbar import with SideNavInnerToolbar in the src/App.js file.

import {
  SideNavInnerToolbar as SideNavBarLayout,
} from './layouts';

Add a View

Use the following command to add a view to a DevExtreme React application based on the current template:

npx devextreme add view view-name [--icon=IconName]

You can choose the icon name from the icon library.

The add view command also creates a root navigation item for the view.

Refer to the Widget Gallery for examples of using DevExtreme widgets in React.

Configure Navigation Items

Use the src\app-navigation.js file to configure navigation items. Each configuration item can have the following fields:

  • text - an item text
  • icon - an item icon
  • path - a navigation path associated with an item
  • items - child items
    text: 'Category',
    icon: 'folder',
    items: [{
        text: 'About',
        path: '/about'

Customize Application Appearance

Change Theme

The DevExtreme React Template uses different themes for its content and menu. Pass the theme's name to the base-theme option in the metadata.base.json and metadata.additional.json files in the src\themes folder to modify the content and menu themes. See Predefined Themes for more information.

    // ...,
    "baseTheme": "",
    // ...

Run npm run build-themes to rebuild themes.

Create a Custom Theme

You can use the DevExtreme ThemeBuilder to create a custom theme based on predefined themes. For this, import src\themes\metadata.base.json or src\themes\metadata.additional.json into the ThemeBuilder, modify the theme, and export the result to the initial file.

Run npm run build to rebuild themes.

Apply the Additional Theme to a Custom Element

Add the dx-swatch-additional class to a DOM node to apply the additional (menu) theme to this node.

<div className={'dx-swatch-additional'}>
    <!-- Your content here -->

Apply Theme Variables to Custom Elements

You can apply the SCSS variables defined in variables.base.scss and variables.additional.scss to custom elements.

// Your scss file
@import "../../../themes/generated/variables.base.scss";

.my-element {
    background-color: $base-accent;


Familiarize yourself with the DevExtreme License. Free trial is available!

DevExtreme React Template is released as a MIT-licensed (free and open-source) add-on to DevExtreme.

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