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Themes for applying color in the Carbon Design System

Getting started

To install @carbon/themes in your project, you will need to run the following command using npm:

npm install -S @carbon/themes

If you prefer Yarn, use the following command instead:

yarn add @carbon/themes


You can use @carbon/themes in JavaScript or Sass by including this package in your project. By default, @carbon/themes provides a set of color tokens that are pre-defined for a specific theme. Currently, we offer the following color themes: white, gray 10, gray 90, gray 100 .

You can preview all of the token values for this on the Carbon Design System website .


If you're project is using Sass, you can include this package and the corresponding default theme by writing the following in your Sass file:

@import '@carbon/themes/scss/themes';

By default, the white theme will be initialized. If you would like to include another theme, you can do so by calling our mixin. For example:

@import '@carbon/themes/scss/themes';

// Use the gray 10 theme
@include carbon--theme($carbon--theme--g10);

// Use the gray 90 theme
@include carbon--theme($carbon--theme--g90);

// Use the gray 100 theme
@include carbon--theme($carbon--theme--g100);

Alternatively, you can set the global theme variable then call the mixin without passing in a theme name.

@import '@carbon/themes/scss/themes';

$carbon--theme: $carbon--theme--g10;

// Use the gray 10 theme
@include carbon--theme();

Inline theming can be done by using the mixin. For example:

@import '@carbon/themes/scss/themes';

// Use the default white theme here

.my-dark-theme {
  @include carbon--theme($carbon--theme--g90) {
    // Use the dark theme here

.my-darker-theme {
  @include carbon--theme($carbon--theme--g100) {
    // Use the darker theme here


If you're looking to use these themes in JavaScript, we export a variety of bindings for you to use, including:

import {
  // An object of all themes

  // Direct theme values

  // Specific token values
} from '@carbon/themes';

📖 API Documentation

If you're looking for @carbon/themes API documentation, check out:

🙌 Contributing

We're always looking for contributors to help us fix bugs, build new features, or help us improve the project documentation. If you're interested, definitely check out our Contributing Guide! 👀

📝 License

Licensed under the Apache 2.0 License.

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