Getting started

Getting Started

A Step-by-step Guide to Using Park UI


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Setup Guide



Before you start, ensure that your Panda project is set up and ready to go. If not, please refer to the Panda CSS Getting Started Guide and once you’ve completed that, come back to this guide.


Install Ark UI

The first step is to install Ark UI. Ark UI is a headless component library that forms the foundation for most components. To install Ark UI, execute the following command in your project’s root directory:

npm install @ark-ui/react

Install the Panda Presets

The next package you will need is @park-ui/panda-preset. This package contains all the recipes and tokens explicitly built for Ark UI’s headless components.

npm install @park-ui/panda-preset -D

After you’ve installed the presets, you’ll need to add it to your Panda configuration file along with your preferred jsxFramework like shown below:

import { defineConfig } from '@pandacss/dev'

export default defineConfig({
  preflight: true,
  presets: ['@pandacss/preset-base', '@park-ui/panda-preset'],
  include: ['./src/**/*.{js,jsx,ts,tsx}'],
  exclude: [],
  jsxFramework: 'react',
  outdir: 'styled-system',

Make sure to run panda codegen after you’ve added the presets to your Panda configuration file.


Path Aliases

To streamline the integration of code snippets without the need to update import statements, we recommend setting up path aliases.
To implement path aliases, modify your tsconfig.json file as follows:

  "compilerOptions": {
    // Your other options...
    "baseUrl": ".",
    "paths": {
      "~/*": ["./src/*"]
  "include": ["src", "styled-system"]

If you are using Vite, it is necessary to include the vite-tsconfig-paths plugin in your config file:

import { defineConfig } from 'vite'
import tsconfigPaths from 'vite-tsconfig-paths'

export default defineConfig({
  plugins: [tsconfigPaths({ root: './' })],

Add your first component

The easiest way to add components to your project is by using the Park UI CLI. Execute the following command to initialize the CLI:

npx @park-ui/cli init

You will be prompted to answer a few questions to configure park-ui.json:

- Which CSS framework do you use?: [Panda / Tailwind]
- Which JavaScript framework do you use?: [React / Solid / Vue]
- What is your import alias for components?: [~/components/ui]
- What is your import alias for utilities?: [~/lib]
- Would you like to write the configuration to park-ui.json?: [Yes / No]

Now you can start adding components to your project like shown below:

npx @park-ui/cli add button

To add all components at once, use the --all flag:

npx @park-ui/cli add --all

And that’s it! Happy Hacking ✌️