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Lion Web Components

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  title: 'Intro/Lion Web Components',

Lion web components is a set of highly performant, accessible and flexible Web Components. They provide an unopinionated, white label layer that can be extended to your own layer of components.

For some more details see the announcement blog post.



We do have a live Storybook which shows all our components.

Please note: This project uses Yarn Workspaces. If you want to run all demos locally you need to get Yarn and install all dependencies by executing yarn install.

The code examples make use of Javascript tagged template literals which are a key component of the lit-html engine used in Lion. Additionally imports like import '@lion/form/lion-form.js' need to be transformed somehow, for example by es-dev-server.


  • pure es modules
  • exposes functions/classes and web components
  • provides pure functionality
  • fully accessible
  • built to be extended

Note: These demos may look a little bland but that is on purpose. They only come with functional stylings. This makes sense as the main use case is to extend those components and if you do you do not want to override existing stylings.


If you encouter an issue with any of the packages we are offering please open a new bug issue. Be sure to include a description of the expected and the current behavior - additional adding a reproduction always helps.

Feature requests

When you have an idea on how we could improve, please check our discussions to see if there are similar ideas or feature requests. If there are none, please start your feature request as a new discussion topic. Add the title [Feature Request] My awesome feature and a description of what you expect from the improvement and what the use case is.


Lion web components is logically organized in groups of systems.

The accessibility column indicates whether the functionality is accessible in its core. Aspects like styling and content determine actual accessibility in usage.

Package Version Description Accessibility
-- Form System -- A system that lets you make complex forms with ease, including: validation, translations. ✔️
combobox combobox Text box controlling popup listbox ✔️
form form Wrapper for multiple form elements ✔️
form-core form-core Core functionality for all form controls ✔️
form-integrations form-integrations Shows form elements in an integrated way ✔️
fieldset fieldset Group for form inputs ✔️
checkbox-group checkbox-group Group of checkboxes ✔️
input input Input element for strings ✔️
input-amount input-amount Input element for amounts ✔️
input-date input-date Input element for dates ✔️
input-datepicker input-datepicker Input element for dates with a datepicker ✔️
input-email input-email Input element for e-mails ✔️
input-iban input-iban Input element for IBANs ✔️
input-range input-range Input element for a range of values ✔️
input-stepper input-stepper Input stepper element for the predefined range ✔️
listbox listbox Interactive list with selectable options ✔️
radio-group radio-group Group of radios ✔️
select select Simple native dropdown element ✔️
select-rich select-rich 'rich' version of the native dropdown element #243
textarea textarea Multiline text input ✔️
-- Button System -- These web components bring common UX patterns while still full integrated with (native) forms.
button button Button ✔️
switch switch Switch ✔️
-- Overlay System -- If something needs to overlay content this is your place.
overlays overlays Overlay System ✔️
dialog dialog Dialog element ✔️
tooltip tooltip Tooltip element #175
-- Navigation System -- Components which are used to guide users
accordion accordion Accordion ✔️
pagination pagination Pagination ✔️
steps steps Multi Step System n/a
tabs tBS Move between a small number of equally important views n/a
-- localize System -- Localize text, numbers, dates and a way to store/fetch these data.
localize localize Localize and translate your application/components n/a
-- Icon System -- Loading and displaying icons
icon icon Display our svg icons #173, #172
-- Others -- Features not fitting any other category
core core Core System (exports LitElement, lit-html) n/a
ajax ajax Fetching data via ajax request n/a
calendar calendar Standalone calendar #195, #194
collapsible collapsible Combination of a button and a chunk of extra content ✔️
-- Helpers -- helpers Helpers to make your and your life easier
sb-action-logger Storybook action logger

How to install

npm i @lion/<package-name>

How to use

Use a Web Component

<script type="module">
  import '@lion/input/lion-input.js';

<lion-input name="firstName"></lion-input>

Use a JavaScript system

<script type="module">
  import { ajax } from '@lion/ajax';

  ajax.get('data.json').then(response => {
    // most likely you will use

Extend a Web Component

import { LionInput } from '@lion/input';

class MyInput extends LionInput {}
customElements.define('my-input', MyInput);

Key Features

  • High Performance - Focused on great performance in all relevant browsers with a minimal number of dependencies
  • Accessibility - Aimed at compliance with the WCAG 2.0 AA standard to create components that are accessible for everybody
  • Flexibility - Provides solutions through Web Components and JavaScript classes which can be used, adopted and extended to fit all needs


Lion Web Components aims to be future proof and use well-supported proven technology. The stack we have chosen should reflect this.


We know from experience that making high quality, accessible UI components is hard and time consuming: it takes many iterations, a lot of development time and a lot of testing to get a generic component that works in every context, supports many edge cases and is accessible in all relevant screen readers.

Lion aims to do the heavy lifting for you. This means you only have to apply your own Design System: by delivering styles, configuring components and adding a minimal set of custom logic on top.

Coding guidelines

Check out our coding guidelines for more detailed information.

How to contribute

Lion Web Components are only as good as its contributions. Read our contribution guide and feel free to enhance/improve Lion. We keep feature requests closed while we're not working on them.


Feel free to create a github issue for any feedback or questions you might have. You can also find us on the Polymer slack in the #lion channel.

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