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Integrating with Rails

This page explains how to integrate Shoelace with a Rails app.


This integration has been tested with the following:

  • Rails >= 6
  • Node >= 12.10
  • Webpacker >= 5


To get started using Shoelace with Rails, the following packages must be installed.

yarn add @shoelace-style/shoelace copy-webpack-plugin

Importing the Default Theme

The next step is to import Shoelace’s default theme (stylesheet) in app/javascript/stylesheets/application.scss.

@import '@shoelace-style/shoelace/dist/themes/light';
@import '@shoelace-style/shoelace/dist/themes/dark'; // Optional dark theme

Fore more details about themes, please refer to Theme Basics.

Importing Required Scripts

After importing the theme, you’ll need to import the JavaScript files for Shoelace. Add the following code to app/javascript/packs/application.js.

import '../stylesheets/application.scss'
import { setBasePath, SlAlert, SlAnimation, SlButton, ... } from '@shoelace-style/shoelace'

// ...

const rootUrl = document.currentScript.src.replace(/\/packs.*$/, '')

// Path to the assets folder (should be independent from the current script source path
// to work correctly in different environments)
setBasePath(rootUrl + '/packs/js/')

webpack Config

Next we need to add Shoelace’s assets to the final build output. To do this, modify config/webpack/environment.js to look like this.

const { environment } = require('@rails/webpacker');

// Shoelace config
const path = require('path');
const CopyPlugin = require('copy-webpack-plugin');

// Add shoelace assets to webpack's build process
  new CopyPlugin({
    patterns: [
        from: path.resolve(__dirname, '../../node_modules/@shoelace-style/shoelace/dist/assets'),
        to: path.resolve(__dirname, '../../public/packs/js/assets')

module.exports = environment;

Adding Pack Tags

The final step is to add the corresponding pack_tags to the page. You should have the following tags in the <head> section of app/views/layouts/application.html.erb.

<!doctype html>
    <!-- ... -->

    <%= stylesheet_pack_tag 'application', media: 'all', 'data-turbolinks-track': 'reload' %> <%= javascript_pack_tag
    'application', 'data-turbolinks-track': 'reload' %>
    <%= yield %>

Now you can start using Shoelace components with Rails!

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