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@callstack/react-theme-provider is a set of utilities that help you create your own theming system in few easy steps. You can use it to customize colors, fonts, etc.


  • works in React and React Native
  • ThemeProvider - component
  • withTheme - Higher Order Component
  • createTheming(defaultTheme) - factory returns ThemeProvider component and withTheme HOC with default theme injected.


Getting started


npm install --save @callstack/react-theme-provider

or using yarn

yarn add @callstack/react-theme-provider


To use, simply wrap your code into ThemeProvider component and pass your theme as a theme prop.

<ThemeProvider theme={{ primaryColor: 'red', background: 'gray'}}>
  <App />

You could access theme data inside every component by wraping it into withTheme HOC. Just like this:

class App extends React.Component {
  render() {
    return (
      <div style={{ color: props.theme.primaryColor }}>

export default withTheme(App);



type ThemeProviderType<T> = React.ComponentType<{
  children?: any,
  theme: T,

Component you have to use to provide the theme to any component wrapped in withTheme HOC.


-theme - your theme object



type WithThemeType<T, S> = <C: React.ComponentType<*>>(
  Comp: C
) => C &
    $Diff<React.ElementConfig<C>, { theme: T }> & { theme?: S }

Classic Higher Order Component which takes your component as an argument and injects theme prop into it.

Example of usage

const App = ({ theme }) => (
  <div style={{ color: theme.primaryColor }}>

export withTheme(App);

Injected props

It will inject the following props to the component:

  • theme - our theme object.
  • getWrappedInstance - exposed by some HOCs like react-redux's connect. Use it to get the ref of the underlying element.

Injecting theme by a direct prop

You can also override theme provided by ThemeProvider by setting theme prop on the component wrapped in withTheme HOC.

Just like this:

const Button = withTheme(({ theme }) => (
  <div style={{ color: theme.primaryColor }}>
    Click me

const App = () => (
  <ThemeProvider theme={{ primaryColor: 'red' }}>
    <Button theme= {{ primaryColor: 'green' }}/>

In this example Button will have green text.



<T, S>(defaultTheme: T) => {
  ThemeProvider: ThemeProviderType<T>,
  withTheme: WithThemeType<T, S>,

This is more advanced replacement to classic importing ThemeProvider and withTheme directly from the library. Thanks to it you can create your own ThemeProvider with any default theme.

Returns instance of ThemeProvider component and withTheme HOC. You can use this factory to create a singleton with your instances of ThemeProvider and withTheme.

Note: ThemeProvider and withTheme generated by createTheming always will use different context so make sure you are using matching withTheme!
If you acidentially import withTheme from @callstack/react-theme-provider instead of your theming instance it won't work.


  • defaultTheme - default theme object


  • Possibility to define flow types for your theme
  • Possibility to pass default theme
  • You can use multiple ThemeProviders in your app without any conflicts.

Example of usage

// theming.js
import { createTheming } from '@callstack/react-theme-provider';
const { ThemeProvider, withTheme } = createTheming({
  primaryColor: 'red',
  secondaryColor: 'green',
export { ThemeProvider, withTheme };

import { ThemeProvider, withTheme } from './theming';

Applying a custom theme to a component

If you want to change the theme for a certain component, you can directly pass the theme prop to the component. The theme passed as the prop is merged with the theme from the Provider.

import * as React from 'react';
import MyButton from './MyButton';

export default function ButtonExample() {
  return (
    <MyButton theme={{ roundness: 3 }}>
      Press me


The ThemeProvider exposes the theme to the components via React's context API, which means that the component must be in the same tree as the ThemeProvider. Some React Native components will render a different tree such as a Modal, in which case the components inside the Modal won't be able to access the theme. The work around is to get the theme using the withTheme HOC and pass it down to the components as props, or expose it again with the exported ThemeProvider component.