Getting Started

Ant Design React is dedicated to providing a good development experience for programmers. Make sure that you had installed Node.js(> v6.5) correctly.

Before delving into Ant Design React, a good knowledge of React and JavaScript ES2015 is needed.

First Example#

The following CodePen demo is the simplest use case, and it's also a good habit to fork this demo to provide a re-producible demo while reporting a bug. Please don't use this demo as a scaffold in production.

Standard Development Flow#

During development, you may need to compile and debug JSX and ES2015 code, and even proxy some of the requests to mock data or other external services. All of these can be done with quick feedback provided through hot reloading of changes.

Such features, together with packaging the production version, are covered in this work flow.

1. Installation#

antd-init is a demo only scaffold tool. If you want to create real world projects, dva-cli is our recommendation.

$ npm install antd-init -g

Read the documentation of antd-init and the documentation of ant-tool to explore more features.

Also, you can use scaffold/demo which is provided by community:

2. Create a New Project#

A new project can be created using CLI tools.

$ mkdir antd-demo && cd antd-demo
$ antd-init

antd-init will run npm install after a project is created. If it fails, you can run npm install by yourself.

3. Use antd's Components#

By default, besides the scaffolding needed to start the development, a fully working Todo application is created. You may study this example later. For now, just follow this guide in order to get some experience working with the result of antd-init.

Replace the content of index.js with the following code. As you can see, there is no difference between antd's components and usual React components.

import React from 'react';
import ReactDOM from 'react-dom';
import { DatePicker, message } from 'antd';

class App extends React.Component {
  constructor(props) {
    this.state = {
      date: '',
  handleChange(date) {'Selected Date: ' + date.toString());
    this.setState({ date });
  render() {
    return (
      <div style={{ width: 400, margin: '100px auto' }}>
        <DatePicker onChange={value => this.handleChange(value)} />
        <div style={{ marginTop: 20 }}>Date: {}</div>

ReactDOM.render(<App />, document.getElementById('root'));

All the components in antd are listed in the sidebar.

4. Development & Debugging#

Run your project and visit

$ npm start

5. Building & Deployment#

$ npm run build

Entry files will be built and generated in dist directory, where we can deploy it to different environments.

This guide is designed to help you to understand how to use antd, so it may not be similar to what you do in the real world. But you can use those tools in your project, depending on your context and needs.


Ant Design React supports all the modern browsers and IE9+.

You need to provide es5-shim and es6-shim and other polyfills for IE browsers.

If you are using babel, we strongly recommend using babel-polyfill and babel-plugin-transform-runtime instead of those two shims.

Please avoid using both the babel and shim methods at the same time.

If you run into problems with startsWith , you should import es6-shim or babel-polyfill as a workaround.

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <!-- import stylesheet -->
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="/index.css">
    <!-- Polyfills -->
    <!--[if lt IE 10]>
    <script src=",es5-shim/4.5.7/es5-shim.min.js,es5-shim/4.5.7/es5-sham.min.js,es6-shim/0.35.1/es6-sham.min.js,es6-shim/0.35.1/es6-shim.min.js,html5shiv/3.7.2/html5shiv.min.js,media-match/2.0.2/media.match.min.js"></script>
    <script src=",es6-shim/0.35.1/es6-shim.min.js"></script>
  <!-- import common dependencies -->
  <script src="/common.js"></script>
  <!-- import entry file -->
  <script src="/index.js"></script>

IE8 note#

We don't support IE8 after antd@2.0.

You may encounter problems like #28 and #858, since babel@6.x doesn't support IE8. You can refer to this webpack config.

More about how to use React in IE8:

Customized Work Flow#

If you want to customize your work flow, we recommend using webpack to build and debug code.

Also, you can use any scaffold available in the React ecosystem. If you encounter problems, you can use our webpack config and modify it.

There are some scaffolds which have already integrated antd, so you can try and start with one of these, and even contribute.

Import on Demand#

If you see logs like below screenshot, you might be importing all components by writing import { Button } from 'antd';. This will affect your app's network performance.

You are using a whole package of antd, please use to reduce app bundle size.

However, we can import individual components on demand:

import Button from 'antd/lib/button';
import 'antd/lib/button/style'; // or antd/lib/button/style/css for css format file

We strongly recommend using babel-plugin-import, which can convert the following code to the 'antd/lib/xxx' way:

import { Button } from 'antd';

And this plugin can load styles too, read usage for more details.

FYI, babel-plugin-import's style option will importing some global reset styles, don't use it if you don't need those styles. You can import styles manually via import 'antd/dist/antd.css' and override the global reset styles.



  • You can use any npm modules.

  • We recommend writing code in ES2015 as babel has been integrated into our work flow.