Search…
Getting started

Getting started

aragonUI is a React library based on aragonDS, the Aragon design system. It aims to provide the elements needed to build Aragon apps that feel native to the Aragon ecosystem.

Quick setup

This tutorial doesn’t cover the creation of your React app nor the way you bundle it, but we recommend using Parcel.
Install aragonUI alongside styled-components in your project:
npm install --save @aragon/ui styled-components
Note: while not required, we strongly recommend adding the styled-components Babel plugin in your build configuration. It provides, amongst other things, the css prop that we use widely to.
Copy the aragonUI assets into your assets directory (assuming ./public):
npx copy-aragon-ui-assets ./public
Note: doing this step ensures that any assets required by aragonUI, like fonts and illustrations, can be served properly in any environment. Most apps built with aragonUI will be served in a decentralized manner (generally through an IPFS gateway), so using services like Google Fonts is not an option.
The only mandatory component that you need to define is Main. This component sets up the global styles and providers used by other components. We recommend wrapping your entire app with Main:
import React from 'react'
import { Main } from '@aragon/ui'
function App() {
return (
<Main>
<div>Your app goes here</div>
</Main>
)
}
From that point on, you are ready to start building your app! Let’s go through a simple app to get an overview of the components that are often used in Aragon apps.

A typical Aragon app

Aragon apps can take many shapes, but most tend to follow similar patterns. aragonUI provides components that can be used to build apps that are responsive, accessible, and theme-able by default.
This section takes the Tokens app to illustrate the different elements that constitute a typical Aragon app and how they might be put together. Rather than implementing every behaviour in the Tokens app, we are going to focus on the structure of the app and its main components. To get an idea of what the final app looks like, you can visit the full source code.
This is how it looks:
The Tokens app and its layout variations.

Overview

Let’s start by defining what constitutes an Aragon app.
The Aragon client 1 displaying the Tokens app, in the app area 2.
As you can see, the app is only a part of what a user sees when interacting with the Aragon client, in a way that the app can not interfere with the interface of the client or the other apps.
Two components that are commonly used in Aragon apps are Header and Split. Header handles the main title of an app and its main action. Split creates a two column layout when the available horizontal space allows it. On smaller screens, it renders as a single column. As we continue, we will also be using the DataView and the SidePanel components.
The Tokens app, featuring the Header 1 and the Split 2 components.
This is how Header can be used inside an app.
// App.js
import React from 'react'
import { Main, Header, Button, IconPlus, Tag } from '@aragon/ui'
function App() {
return (
<Main>
<Header
primary={
<>
Tokens
<Tag mode="identifier">PTO</Tag>
</>
}
secondary={
<Button mode="strong" label="Add tokens" icon={<IconPlus />} />
}
/>
</Main>
)
}
There are a few things to note, the first one being the way these props are named. primary and secondary are names used by aragonUI components for “slots”. Slots don’t really exist in a technical sense: this is only a name for props that are expecting a subtree to be passed, similar to the way children works in components accepting a single tree.
If you run this app, you might also notice that the Button component displays either a text label or an icon, adapting to the viewport size automatically. Some components adapt to where they are, which is the case here. Button, being in Header, follows the behavior defined by aragonDS about how it should adapt to different viewport sizes. These variations make it easy to follow the patterns defined by aragonDS, and are always documented and overridable.

SidePanel

To make things a bit more interesting, we are going to add a SidePanel that opens from the “Add tokens” header button. The SidePanel component can be inserted anywhere, as long as it is inside the Main tree.
// App.js
import React, { useState } from 'react'
import { Main, Header, Button, IconPlus, Tag, SidePanel } from '@aragon/ui'
function App() {
const [sidePanelOpened, setSidePanelOpened] = useState(false)
return (
<Main>
<Header
primary={
<>
Tokens
<Tag mode="identifier">PTO</Tag>
</>
}
secondary={
<Button
mode="strong"
label="Add tokens"
icon={<IconPlus />}
onClick={() => setSidePanelOpened(true)}
/>
}
/>
<SidePanel
title="Add tokens"
opened={sidePanelOpened}
onClose={() => setSidePanelOpened(false)}
>
{/* SidePanel content goes here */}
</SidePanel>
</Main>
)
}
That’s pretty much it! We now have a drawer that opens from the right side of the screen (with left to right languages), that can be closed by the user. We’re ready to move to the next part of the app.
Three components used in this app: DataView 1, a Box 2, and another Box with Distribution 3.

Split

Let’s define the Split layout, right after the Header, to get an idea of what the structure will look like:
// App.js
import React, { useState } from 'react'
import { Main, Header, Split, DataView, Box } from '@aragon/ui'
function App() {
const [sidePanelOpened, setSidePanelOpened] = useState(false)
return (
<Main>
<Header />
<Split
primary={<DataView />}
secondary={
<>
<Box />
<Box />
</>
}
/>
<SidePanel
title="Add tokens"
opened={sidePanelOpened}
onClose={() => setSidePanelOpened(false)}
/>
</Main>
)
}
Like Header, the Split component defines two slots using the same primary and secondary names.

DataView

DataView is a powerful component that can be used to represent data in various ways, adapting itself to the available space. We are going to use it for the “holders” table.
// TokenHoldersView.js
import React from 'react'
import {
DataView,
IdentityBadge,
ContextMenu,
ContextMenuItem,
} from '@aragon/ui'
// The token holders represented as a DataView.
function TokenHoldersView({ tokenHolders }) {
/*
This is how tokenHolders could look like:
tokenHolders = [
['0xcafe…', 3],
['0xbeef…', 2],
]
*/
return (
<DataView
display="table"
fields={['Holder', 'Balance']}
items={tokenHolders}
renderEntry={entryParts}
renderEntryActions={entryActions}
/>
)
}
// Return the parts (table cells) corresponding to an entry.
function entryParts([account, balance]) {
return [<LocalIdentityBadge entity={account} />, balance]
}
// Return the contextual menu for an entry (no interaction behavior defined).
function entryActions([account, balance]) {
return (
<ContextMenu>
<ContextMenuItem>Add tokens</ContextMenuItem>
<ContextMenuItem>Remove tokens</ContextMenuItem>
</ContextMenu>
)
}
export default TokenHoldersView
To get more details about DataView and how it works, please have a look at its documentation page.

Box and useTheme()

Box is a straightforward component that renders as a surface (as defined by aragonDS) which can optionally have a heading. It is commonly used in either slot of Split.
To implement the “Token info” component, we are going to define some custom styles and use some specific text colors. To ensure your app is compatible with any aragonUI theme, make sure you always use colors from the useTheme() hook.
// TokenInfoBox.js
import React from 'react'
import { Box, TokenBadge, useTheme } from '@aragon/ui'
// TokenInfoBox is making use of the Box with some custom content.
function TokenInfoBox({ supply, transferable, token }) {
return (
<Box heading="Token info">
<TokenInfoBoxRow primary="Total supply" secondary={supply} />
<TokenInfoBoxRow
primary="Transferable"
secondary={transferable ? 'YES' : 'NO'}
/>
<TokenInfoBoxRow
primary="Token"
secondary={
<TokenBadge
address={token.address}
name={token.name}
symbol={token.symbol}
/>
}
/>
</Box>
)
}
// TokenInfoBoxRow is relying on useTheme() to get a specific text color.
function TokenInfoBoxRow({ primary, secondary }) {
const theme = useTheme()
return (
<div
css={`
display: flex;
justify-content: space-between;
`}
>
<div
css={`
color: ${theme.surfaceContentSecondary};
`}
>
{primary}
</div>
<div>{secondary}</div>
</div>
)
}
export default TokenInfoBox

Distribution

Now that TokenInfoBox is done, there is one last bit remaining, which is the “ownership distribution” box. Luckily for us, the Distribution component will do most of the work.
// OwnershipDistributionBox.js
import React from 'react'
import { Box, Distribution } from '@aragon/ui'
// OwnershipDistributionBox combines Box
// and Distribution into a single component.
function OwnershipDistributionBox({ supply, tokenHolders }) {
const distributionItems = tokenHolders.map(([account, balance]) => ({
item: account,
percentage: (balance / supply) * 100,
}))
return (
<Box heading="Ownership Distribution">
<Distribution heading="Token holder stakes" items={distributionItems} />
</Box>
)
}
export default OwnershipDistributionBox

Wrapping up

Now that we implemented the different parts of the app, this is how the main component would look like in its final state:
// App.js
import React, { useState } from 'react'
import { Main, Header, Button, SidePanel } from '@aragon/ui'
import TokenHoldersView from './TokenHoldersView'
import TokenInfoBox from './TokenInfoBox'
import OwnershipDistributionBox from './OwnershipDistributionBox'
// Some demo data
const token = {
name: 'My Organization Token',
symbol: 'MOT',
address: '0x…',
transferable: true,
supply: 8,
holders: [
['0xcafe…', 3],
['0xbeef…', 2],
['0xfeed…', 1],
['0xface…', 1],
['0xbead…', 1],
],
}
function App() {
const [sidePanelOpened, setSidePanelOpened] = useState(false)
return (
<Main>
<Header />
<Split
primary={<TokenHoldersView tokenHolders={token.holders} />}
secondary={
<>
<TokenInfoBox supply={token.supply} />
<OwnershipDistributionBox
supply={token.supply}
tokenHolders={token.holders}
/>
</>
}
/>
<SidePanel
title="Add tokens"
opened={sidePanelOpened}
onClose={() => setSidePanelOpened(false)}
/>
</Main>
)
}
And this is it for the tutorial. Of course, many components were not covered here, the idea being to provide an overview of an Aragon app's structure when it uses aragonUI.
Copy link
On this page
Getting started
Quick setup
A typical Aragon app
Overview
Header
SidePanel
Split
DataView
Box and useTheme()
Distribution
Wrapping up