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Set up Storybook using Typescript, Material UI and Styled Components


In this tutorial you'll learn how to create a basic foundation for Storybook using Typescript, Material UI and Styled Components.

MDX will be used as the syntax for Storybook stories.

Basic React Setup

First Create React App must be installed. The following command will generate a Create React App with Typescript support:

npx create-react-app storybook --template typescript

Initialize Storybook

Add Storybook to the project:

cd storybook
npx -p @storybook/cli sb init --story-format=csf-ts

Add and configure Storybook docs

Storybook docs will add support for the Docs tab and the MDX format.

npm install -D @storybook/addon-docs 

Inside the .storybook folder you have to update the main.js file in order to support Storybook docs:

module.exports = {
  stories: ["../src/stories/**/*.stories.(ts|tsx|js|jsx|mdx)"],
  addons: [
      name: "@storybook/addon-docs",
      options: {
        configureJSX: true

Add Material UI and Styled Components

npm install @material-ui/core styled-components

Check if Storybook runs correctly:

npm install
npm run storybook

You should be able to see the default stories.

Add a Button component

As an example, create a components folder inside src and add a Button.tsx file inside:

import styled from 'styled-components';
import Button from '@material-ui/core/Button';

const StyledButton = styled(Button)`
  font-size: 1em;
  margin: 1em;
  padding: 0.25em 1em;
  border-radius: 3px;

export default StyledButton;

Here the Button component from Material UI is being styled using Styled Components.

Add Button story

Create a Button.stories.mdx file inside the stories folder:

import { action } from '@storybook/addon-actions';
import { Meta, Story, Preview, Props } from "@storybook/addon-docs/blocks";
import Button from "../components/Button";

<Meta title="Material Button" />

Here's some _markdown_!

# Preview

  <Story name="Default">
    <Button variant="contained" onClick={action("Default button clicked")}>Default</Button>
  <Story name="Primary">
    <Button variant="contained" color="primary" onClick={action("Primary button clicked")}>Primary</Button>
  <Story name="Secondary">
    <Button variant="contained" color="secondary" onClick={action("Secondary button clicked")}>Secondary</Button>

# Props

<Props of={Button} />

Fix CSS injection order using a decorator.

Styled Components styles will be overrided by Material UI, in order to fix this a decorator must be added.

Create a config.js file inside .storybook folder:

import React from "react";
import { StylesProvider } from "@material-ui/styles";
import { addDecorator, configure } from '@storybook/react';

const StylesDecorator = storyFn => (
  <StylesProvider injectFirst>



Congrats! If you followed these steps you should now have a good foundation to start creating your own stories with a solid Storybook initial configuration.

You can find the complete code in this github repository

Top comments (1)

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Larry Noriega

Ey pal!

If you are running in with issues about config.js don't worry, just check out this from official StoryBook documentation.

Basically, docs says: replace config.js file with preview.js file.

Great post!