Using Paperclip In React Apps

⚠️ This doc assumes that you've already set up Paperclip with your project. If you haven't done that already, check out the Getting Started section.

Importing *.pc files#

Assuming that you have the correct loaders set up, you can just import *.pc files like regular JavaScript modules. For example:

// I like to keep all of the styles in a single namespace
// to communicate that `ui.ComponentName` is a primitive comming from
// a Paperclip file.
import * as ui from "./counter.pc";
// Another option
// import * as styles from "./counter.pc";
import React, { useState } from "react";
export default () => {
const [currentCount, setCount] = useState(0);
const onClick = () => setCount(currentCount + 1);
return <ui.Container onClick={onClick}>

☝🏻 This example uses the following Paperclip UI file:

.container {
font-family: Helvetica;
cursor: pointer;
.current-count {
font-weight: 400;
<!-- Components -->
<div export component as="Container" className="container">
Current count: {children}
<div export component as="CurrentCount" className="current-count">
<!-- Previews -->

Note that in order to import components from Paperclip files, they'll each need their own export attribute.


Styles defined in *.pc files are scoped, so if you want access to one of those styles outside of that file, you'll need to use classNames.


import * as ui from "./counter.pc";
<div className={ui.classNames["classname-defined-in-paperclip"]} />

Note that you need to explicitly export classname-defined-in-paperclip within your Paperclip document using @export, otherwise it's not accessible.


@export {
.my-style {
color: red;

Adding props#

Props can be defined just like any ordinary React component. Take this template for example:

<div export component as="Button" {onClick?}>

The ? in {onClick?} flags the prop as optional.

In React code, we can define our onClick handler like so:

import * as styles from "./button.pc";
<styles.Button onClick={handleClick} />