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greg lobinski
greg lobinski

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Use styled-jsx in create-react-app without ejection

I like styled-jsx. I build a GatsbyJS starter with it.

If you do not know, GatsbyJS is a static site generator for ReactJS.

I assume you know what styled-jsx is, otherwise you would not be interested in the title. Just in case, styled-jsx is a 'CSS in JS' library.

As I wrote, I got some experience with styled-jsx working with GatsbyJS, but a couple of days ago I wanted to use the library in an app based on create-react-app. I am pretty sure you know what create-react-app is. :)

There was one problem however.

To make styled-jsx work we have to edit the project's babel config. Nothing complicated, but create-react-app does not allow any changes like that, without ejecting. Ejecting however was not a thing I wanted.

I got stuck.

React App Rewired

Fortunately, react-app-rewired came to the rescue.

Tweak the create-react-app webpack config(s) without using 'eject' and without creating a fork of the react-scripts. All the benefits of create-react-app without the limitations of "no config". You can add plugins, loaders whatever you need.

So let's make styled-jsx work in an unejected create-react-app based application.

Rewire create-react-app to use styled-jsx

First, create an app with create-react-app.

npx create-react-app my-styled-jsx-app

Move to the newly created folder.

cd my-styled-jsx-app

Then install react-app-rewire as a dev dependency.

yarn add react-app-rewired --dev

And styled-jsx as a dependency.

yarn add styled-jsx

It's time to rewire create-react-app. Open the package.js file and edit from this...

"scripts": {
  "start": "react-scripts start",
  "build": "react-scripts build",
  "test": "react-scripts test --env=jsdom",

... to this.

"scripts": {
  "start": "react-app-rewired start",
  "build": "react-app-rewired build",
  "test": "react-app-rewired test --env=jsdom"

Now we are able to edit the babel's config, as we want.

Create a new file called config-overrides.js in the root directory of the app.

const { injectBabelPlugin } = require("react-app-rewired");

module.exports = function override(config, env) {
  config = injectBabelPlugin(["styled-jsx/babel"], config);

  return config;

That's it. We have an app build on create-react-app in which we can use styled-jsx without ejecting.

Restyle the app with styled-jsx

Move CSS style rules from outer css files into the App component's file.

import React, { Component } from "react";
import logo from "./logo.svg";

class App extends Component {
  render() {
    return (
      <div className="App">
        <header className="App-header">
          <img src={logo} className="App-logo" alt="logo" />
          <h1 className="App-title">Welcome to React</h1>
        <p className="App-intro">
          To get started, edit <code>src/App.js</code> and save to reload.
        {`/* global styles */`}
        <style jsx global>
            body {
              margin: 0;
              padding: 0;
              font-family: sans-serif;
        {`/* local styles */`}
        <style jsx>{`
          .App {
            text-align: center;

          .App-logo {
            animation: App-logo-spin infinite 20s linear;
            height: 80px;

          .App-header {
            background-color: #222;
            height: 150px;
            padding: 20px;
            color: white;

          .App-title {
            font-size: 1.5em;

          .App-intro {
            font-size: large;

          @keyframes App-logo-spin {
            from {
              transform: rotate(0deg);
            to {
              transform: rotate(360deg);

export default App;


The last thing to do is to make some clearing.

Remove needless CSS files.

remove src/index.css scr/App.css

And their import statements from App.js and index.js.


There is a repo on Github - example-create-react-app-styled-jsx - with a live demo.

Top comments (2)

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Liran Harary

Looked promising, but be warned: react-app-rewired doesn't support create-react-app v2, and they have no plan to do so.

I tried one of the alternatives - craco (Create React App Configuration Override) - but unfortunately it's broken at the moment following a change in how create-react-app organises its webpack configs:

So I'm sticking to Aphrodite for the moment for CSS-in-JS, as it doesn't require any special Babel configuration.

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Alex Goodwin

Awesome! Thanks, Greg.