Using Paperclip With React

At this point, you should have Paperclip configured & ready to start using in your project. If not, head back over to the installation page. If you're all setup, then it's time to started using Paperclip!

Create a new file in your source directory that's called GroceryList.pc, then add this stuff:

<!-- These styles are scoped to this document -->
ol {
padding-left: 1em;
font-family: sans-serif;
li {
margin-top: 6px;
<!-- Components that can be imported into app code -->
<ol export component as="List">
<li export component as="ListItem">
Preview of UI for docs, development,
and visual regression tests
<ListItem>Bagels ๐Ÿฅฏ</ListItem>
<ListItem>Yakitori ๐Ÿข</ListItem>
<ListItem>Tofurky ๐Ÿฆƒ</ListItem>
<ListItem>Skittles ๐ŸŒˆ</ListItem>

If you're using the VS Code extension, you should be prompted to open a few of this file. If not, you cna run the command: Paperclip: Open Live Preview.

Paperclip files are just like any ordinary component file, so all we need to do is import PC components into a React component. In the same directory, create a file called GroceryList.tsx with this content:

import * as React from "react";
// this will be "./GroceryList.pc.js" if you're using CRA.
import * as styles from "./GroceryList.pc";
export function GroceryList() {
const groceries = [
"Milk ๐Ÿฅ›",
"Water ๐Ÿ’ง",
"Taco seasoning ๐ŸŒฎ"
return <styles.List>
{ => (

You'll notice that all components that are exported from the Paperclip file are now accessible in our React component, and the API is pretty similar to React's. For example, a simple UI like this:

<!-- styles up here -->
<div export component as="Header" className="header">

Can be used like this:

import * as styles from "./Header.pc";
header content

Check out the React API for more information on all the things you can do with Paperclip files.

Back to our demo. If you created a new project with paperclip init, change your entry.tsx file to this:

import * as React from "react";
import * as ui from "./hello-paperclip.pc";
import * as ReactDOM from "react-dom";
// import this ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป
import { GroceryList } from "./GroceryList";
const mount = document.createElement("div");
// change to this ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป
ReactDOM.render(<GroceryList />, mount);

Here's a full walkthrough:


And that's it! You've now fully integrated Paperclip into a React app.