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JavaScript API

Access the global JSS instance

import jss from 'jss'

Create an own JSS instance


Use an own instance if the component you build should be reusable within a different project with a probably different JSS setup.

See jss.setup() below for options object description.

import {create} from 'jss'
import camelCase from 'jss-camel-case'
import somePlugin from 'jss-some-plugin'
const jss = create()
jss.use(camelCase(), somePlugin())
jss.createStyleSheet(/* ... */)
export default jss

Note: jss.create(options) is the same as jss.create().setup(options).

Setup JSS instance



  • createGenerateClassName - a function which returns a function which generates unique class names.
  • plugins - an array of functions, will be passed to jss.use.
  • virtual - if true, JSS will use VirtualRenderer.
  • insertionPoint - string value of a DOM comment node which marks the start of sheets or a rendered DOM node. Sheets rendered by this Jss instance are inserted after this point sequentially.

Note: Each jss.setup() call will overwrite all previous settings.

See setup examples.

Quick setup with preset

import preset from 'jss-preset-default'
import jss from 'jss'


Add a plugin


import global from 'jss-global'
import jss from 'jss'


Create Style Sheet

jss.createStyleSheet([styles], [options])

Classes are always generated by default.


  • media - media query - attribute of style element.
  • meta - meta information about this style - attribute of style element, for e.g. you could pass component name for easier debugging.
  • link - link jss Rule instances with DOM CSSRule instances so that styles, can be modified dynamically, false by default because it has some performance cost.
  • element - style element, will create one by default.
  • index - 0 by default - determines DOM rendering order, higher number = higher specificity (inserted after).
  • generateClassName - a function that generates a unique class name.
  • classNamePrefix - a string, which will be added at the beginning of the class name.
const sheet = jss
      // "button" is a rule name, class is generated.
      button: {
        width: 100,
        height: 100
    {media: 'print'}

console.log(sheet.classes.button) // button-d4f43g
<style media="print">
  .button-d4f43g {
    width: 100px;
    height: 100px;

Create a Style Sheet with global selectors

You need to have the jss-global plugin installed.

Style Sheets registry


When rendering on the server, you will need to get all rendered styles as a CSS string. SheetsRegistry class allows you to manually aggregate and stringify them. Read more about SSR.

import jss, {SheetsRegistry} from 'jss'

const sheets = new SheetsRegistry()
const sheet = jss.createStyleSheet()
sheets.toString() // Returns CSS of all attached Style Sheets together.

Style Sheets Manager


Counts how many elements use the same Style Sheet and automatically attach or detach it. It also acts similar to a WeakMap, because one can use an object as a key. React-JSS is using a theme object as a key to identify a sheet by a theme.

import jss, {SheetsManager} from 'jss'

const manager = new SheetsManager()
manager.size // 0
const sheet = jss.createStyleSheet()
const key = {}

manager.add(key, sheet) // index
manager.size // 1
manager.get(key) // sheet

// Will attach the sheet and count refs.
manager.manage(key) // sheet
// Will detach the sheet if refs count is 0.

Remove a Style Sheet


Detach the Style Sheet and remove it from the registry.

Attach Style Sheet


Insert Style Sheet into the render tree. Call it to make your Style Sheet visible for the layout.

Detach Style Sheet


Detaching unused Style Sheets will speedup every DOM node insertion and manipulation as the browser will have to do less lookups for css rules potentially to be applied to the element.

Attach Style Sheets in a specific order

Sheet 1 has a higher index (priority), and as such will come after sheet 2 in the resulting DOM.

const sheet1 = jss.createStyleSheet({}, {index: 5, meta: 'sheet-1'}).attach()
const sheet2 = jss.createStyleSheet({}, {index: 1, meta: 'sheet-2'}).attach()
<style data-meta="sheet-2"></style>
<style data-meta="sheet-1"></style>

Add a rule to an existing Style Sheet

sheet.addRule([name], style, [options])

This function will use insertRule API if your Style Sheet is already attached to the DOM. In this case you will not see this CSS Rule in the "Elements" view of the dev tools. You can always verify correct rendering by using the selector on some DOM Node and watch styles applied as well as in the "Styles" inspector.

If you use addRule() before you call attach(), styles will be rendered in one batch using textContent API which will not have the obove described side effect.


  • index - index where the rule should be added, by default, rules are pushed at the end.
  • className - add a rule with a predefined class name.

Add a rule dynamically

const rule = sheet.addRule({
  padding: 20,
  background: 'blue'
document.body.innerHTML = `<button class="${rule.className}">Button</button>`

Delete a rule from an existing Style Sheet


To remove a rule from the DOM, Style Sheet option link: true should be used. Returns true if the rule has been removed from the DOM.

Get a rule


Access a rule within sheet by a name.

// Using name.
const rule = sheet.getRule('myButton')

Add multiple rules


In case you want to add rules to the sheet separately or even at runtime.

  myButton: {
    float: 'left'
  something: {
    display: 'none'

Update function values


If you use function values, you will want to update them with new data. This method will call all your function values, pass the data param and update the CSS Rule if needed.

const styles = {
  container: {
    height: 200,
    width: data => data.width
  button: {
    color: data => data.button.color,
    padding: data => data.button.padding

const sheet = jss.createStyleSheet(styles, {link: true}).attach()

  width: 100,
  button: {
    color: 'red',
    padding: 20

Create a rule without a Style Sheet

jss.createRule([name], style, [options])

Apply styles directly to the element but still be able to use JSS.

const rule = jss.createRule({
  padding: 20,
  background: 'blue'

const rule = jss.createRule('@media', {
  button: {
    color: 'red'

Apply a rule to an element inline


This is equivalent to = 'blue' except that you could use a rule from sheet which is already defined. It uses rule.toJSON() internally, so same limitations are applied. Example.

    background: 'blue'

Set or get a rule property dynamically

rule.prop(name, [value])

When the link option is true, after Style Sheet is attached, linker saves references to CSSRule instances so that you are able to set rule properties at any time. Example.

const sheet = jss.createStyleSheet(
    a: {
      color: 'red'
  {link: true}

// Get the color.
sheet.getRule('a').prop('color') // red

// Set the color.
sheet.getRule('a').prop('color', 'green')

Convert a rule to JSON


Returns JSON representation of a rule. Only regular rules are supported, no nested, conditionals, keyframes or fallbacks.

The result of toJSON call can be used later to apply styles inline to the element. It is used by rule.applyTo().

Convert to CSS


If you want to get a pure CSS string from JSS for e.g. when preprocessing server side.

import jss from 'jss'

const sheet = jss.createStyleSheet({
  button: {
    float: 'left'

.button-d4f43g {
  float: left;

Generate your own class names


Option createGenerateClassName allows you to specify a function which returns a class name generator function generateClassName(rule, sheet). This pattern is used to allow JSS reset the counter upon factory invocation, when needed. For example, it is used in React-JSS to reset the counter on each request for server-side rendering.

By default class names generator uses a simple counter to ensure uniqueness of the class names. It consists of classNamePrefix Style Sheet option + rule name + counter. Note: in production (NODE_ENV=production) it uses just the c + rules counter.

import jss from 'jss'

const createGenerateClassName = () => {
  let counter = 0

  return (rule, sheet) => `pizza--${rule.key}-${counter++}`


const sheet = jss.createStyleSheet({
  button: {
    float: 'left'

.pizza--button-1 {
  float: left;

Extract dynamic styles


Extracts a styles object with only props that contain function values. Useful when you want to share a static part between different elements and render only the dynamic styles separate for each element.

const dynamicStyles = getDynamicStyles({
  button: {
    fontSize: 12,
    color: data => data.color

// Returns only styles with dynamic values.
  button: {
    color: data => data.color


See plugins documentation.