Getting Started

Installation

How to install dependencies and structure your app. Each controller is a npm package and must be installed individually.

All controllers are created with the same convention.

All packages export two versions of the controller, a UMD (Universal Module Definition) and a mjs version. In the mjs version, the controller will always be the default export.

In the UMD version, the controller's class will be available in camelCase in the window global variable. For instance, for @stimulus-components/character-counter, you will get window.StimulusCharacterCounter.

You can install the controllers in a few different ways.

1. With a modules bundler (Vite, Webpack, esbuild, etc.)

Because the controller's class is the default export, you can import it with the name of your choice.

Install the package:

Terminal
$ yarn add @stimulus-components/character-counter

Load it in your JavaScript:

app/javascript/controllers/index.js
import { Application } from '@hotwired/stimulus'

// import HelloController from "./controllers/hello_controller"
import CharacterCounter from '@stimulus-components/character-counter'

const application = Application.start()

// application.register("hello", HelloController)
application.register('character-counter', CharacterCounter)

See: Official Stimulus installation guide with this approach.

2. With import-maps in Rails

Add the package in your importmap.rb configuration file:

Terminal
$ bin/importmap pin @stimulus-components/character-counter

Load it in your JavaScript:

app/javascript/controllers/index.js
import { Application } from '@hotwired/stimulus'

// import HelloController from "./controllers/hello_controller"
import CharacterCounter from '@stimulus-components/character-counter'

window.Stimulus = Application.start()

// Stimulus.register("hello", HelloController)
Stimulus.register('character-counter', CharacterCounter)

See: Official Stimulus installation guide with this approach.

Note that importmaps don't work well with external dependencies. And it does not work with CSS at all. So, use it wisely.

3. With Sprockets

Make sure to add node_modules folder as load path in your Rails configuration:

config/initializers/assets.rb
Rails.application.config.assets.paths << Rails.root.join('node_modules')

Install the package:

Terminal
$ yarn add @stimulus-components/character-counter

Load the UMD version of the package:

app/assets/javascripts/index.js
//= require @hotwired/stimulus/dist/stimulus.umd
//= require @stimulus-components/character-counter/dist/stimulus-character-counter.umd

const application = Stimulus.Application.start()

application.register('character-counter', window.StimulusCharacterCounter)

4. With CDN

Load the UMD version of the package:

app/views/index.html
<head>
  <script src="https://unpkg.com/stimulus/dist/stimulus.umd.js"></script>
  <script src="https://unpkg.com/@stimulus-components/character-counter/dist/stimulus-character-counter.umd.js"></script>

  <script>
    const application = Stimulus.Application.start()

    application.register('character-counter', window.StimulusCharacterCounter)
  </script>
</head>

Sponsors

Stimulus Component is an MIT licensed open source project and completely free to use. However, the amount of effort needed to maintain and develop new features for the project is not sustainable without proper financial backing. You can support Stimulus Components development on GitHub Sponsors. πŸ™

Contributing

Do not hesitate to contribute to the project by adapting or adding features ! Bug reports or pull requests are welcome.

Don't forget to drop a 🌟 on GitHub to support the project.

License

This project is released under the MIT license.