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A frontend Framework for building B2B applications running in the browser on top of REST/GraphQL API...

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A frontend Framework for building data-driven applications running in the browser on top of REST/GraphQL APIs, using ES6, React and Material Design. Previously named admin-on-rest. Open sourced and maintained by marmelab.

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  • Adapts to any backend (REST, GraphQL, SOAP, etc.)
  • Powered by material-ui, redux, react-final-form, redux-saga, react-router, recompose, reselect and a few more
  • Super-fast UI thanks to optimistic rendering (renders before the server returns)
  • Undo updates and deletes for a few seconds
  • Complete documentation
  • Relationships (many to one, one to many)
  • Data Validation
  • Internationalization (i18n)
  • Conditional formatting
  • Themeable
  • Supports any authentication provider (REST API, OAuth, Basic Auth, ...)
  • Full-featured datagrid (sort, pagination, filters)
  • Filter-as-you-type
  • Supports any form layout (simple, tabbed, etc.)
  • Custom actions
  • Large library of components for various data types: boolean, number, rich text, etc.
  • WYSIWYG editor
  • Customize dashboard, menu, layout
  • Super easy to extend and override (it's just React components)
  • Highly customizable interface
  • Can connect to multiple backends
  • Can be included in another React app
  • Inspired by the popular ng-admin library (also by marmelab)

Versions In This Repository

  • master - commits that will be included in the next patch release

  • next - commits that will be included in the next major or minor release

Bugfix PRs that don't break BC should be made against master. All other PRs (new features, bugfix with BC break) should be made against next.


React-admin is available from npm. You can install it (and its required dependencies) using:

npm install react-admin #or yarn add react-admin


Read the Tutorial for a 30 minutes introduction. After that, head to the Documentation, or checkout the source code of the demo for an example usage.

At a Glance

// in app.js import \* as React from "react"; import { render } from 'react-dom'; import { Admin, Resource } from 'react-admin'; import restProvider from 'ra-data-simple-rest'; import { PostList, PostEdit, PostCreate, PostIcon } from './posts'; render( <admin dataprovider="{restProvider('http://localhost:3000')}">
        <resource name="posts" list="{PostList}" edit="{PostEdit}" create="{PostCreate}" icon="{PostIcon}/">
    </resource></admin>, document.getElementById('root') );



component is a configuration component that allows to define sub components for each of the admin view:




, and


. These components use Material UI and custom components from react-admin:

// in posts.js import \* as React from "react"; import { List, Datagrid, Edit, Create, SimpleForm, DateField, TextField, EditButton, TextInput, DateInput } from 'react-admin'; import BookIcon from '@material-ui/core/svg-icons/action/book'; export const PostIcon = BookIcon; export const PostList = (props) =\> ( <list>
            <textfield source="id"></textfield>
            <textfield source="title"></textfield>
            <datefield source="published_at"></datefield>
            <textfield source="average_note"></textfield>
            <textfield source="views"></textfield>
            <editbutton basepath="/posts"></editbutton>
    </list>); const PostTitle = ({ record }) =\> { return Post {record ? `"${record.title}"` : ''}; }; export const PostEdit = (props) =\> ( <edit title="{&lt;PostTitle"></edit>} {...props}\> <simpleform>
            <textinput disabled source="id"></textinput>
            <textinput source="title"></textinput>
            <textinput source="teaser" options="{{" multiline: true></textinput>
            <textinput multiline source="body"></textinput>
            <dateinput label="Publication date" source="published_at"></dateinput>
            <textinput source="average_note"></textinput>
            <textinput disabled label="Nb views" source="views"></textinput>
        </simpleform> ); export const PostCreate = (props) =\> ( <create title="Create a Post">
            <textinput source="title"></textinput>
            <textinput source="teaser" options="{{" multiline: true></textinput>
            <textinput multiline source="body"></textinput>
            <textinput label="Publication date" source="published_at"></textinput>
            <textinput source="average_note"></textinput>

Does It Work With My API?


React-admin uses an adapter approach, with a concept called Data Providers. Existing providers can be used as a blueprint to design your API, or you can write your own Data Provider to query an existing API. Writing a custom Data Provider is a matter of hours.

Data Provider architecture

See the Data Providers documentation for details.

Batteries Included But Removable

React-admin is designed as a library of loosely coupled React components built on top of material-ui, in addition to controller functions implemented the Redux way. It is very easy to replace one part of react-admin with your own, e.g. to use a custom datagrid, GraphQL instead of REST, or bootstrap instead of Material Design.


There are several examples inside the




(CodeSandbox): a simple application with posts, comments and users that we use for our e2e tests.


(CodeSandbox): the application built while following the tutorial.


: (Live) A fictional poster shop admin, serving as the official react-admin demo.

You can run those example applications by calling:

# At the react-admin project root make install # or yarn install # Run the simple application make run-simple # Run the tutorial application make build make run-tutorial # Run the demo application make build make run-demo

And then browse to the URL displayed in your console.


If you want to give a hand: Thank you! There are many things you can do to help making react-admin better.

The easiest task is bug triaging. Check that new issues on GitHub follow the issue template and give a way to reproduce the issue. If not, comment on the issue to ask precisions. Then, try and reproduce the issue following the description. If you managed to reproduce the issue, add a comment to say it. Otherwise, add a comment to say that something is missing.

The second way to contribute is to answer support questions on StackOverflow. There are many beginner questions there, so even if you're not super experienced with react-admin, there is someone you can help there.

Pull requests for bug fixes are welcome on the GitHub repository. There is always a bunch of issues labeled "Good First Issue" in the bug tracker - start with these.

If you want to add a feature, you can open a Pull request on the


branch. We don't accept all features - we try to keep the react-admin code small and manageable. Try and see if your feature can't be built as an additional


package. If you're in doubt, open a "Feature Request" issue to see if the core team would accept your feature before developing it.

For all Pull requests, you must follow the coding style of the existing files (based on prettier), and include unit tests and documentation. Be prepared for a thorough code review, and be patient for the merge - this is an open-source initiative.

Tip: Most of the commands used by the react-admin developers are automated in the


. Feel free to type


without argument to see a list of the available commands.


Clone this repository and run

make install

to grab the dependencies, then

make build

to compile the sources from TypeScript to JS.

Testing Your Changes In The Example Apps

When developing, most of the time we use the simple example to do visual check. It's the same application that we use in CodeSandbox to reproduce errors (see The source is located under


. Call

make run

to launch that example on port 8080 (http://localhost:8080). This command includes a


on the react-admin source, so any of the changes you make to the react-admin packages triggers a live update of the simple example in your browser.

However, the simple example is sometimes too limited. You can use the demo example (the source for, which is more complete. The source is located under


. Call

make run-demo

to launch the demo example with a REST dataProvider, or

make run-graphql-demo

to run it with a GraphQL dataProvider. Unfortunately, due to the fact that we use Create React App for this demo, these commands don't watch the changes made in the packages. You'll have to rebuild the react-admin packages after a change (using

make build

, or the more targeted

make build-ra-core


make build-ra-ui-materialui

, etc) to see the effect in the demo app.

Both of these examples work without server - the API is simulated on the client-side.

Testing Your Changes In Your App


yarn link

, you can have your project use a local checkout of the react-admn package instead of npm. This allows you to test react-admin changes in your app:

# Register your local react-admin as a linkable package $ cd /code/path/to/react-admin/packages/react-admin && yarn link # Replace the npm-installed version with a symlink to your local version $ cd /code/path/to/myapp/ && yarn link react-admin # If you run into issues with React red-screen, then you need to register your app's version of React as a linkable package $ cd /code/path/to/myapp/node\_modules/react && yarn link # And then replace the npm-installed version of React with a symlink to your app's node\_modules version $ cd /code/path/to/react-admin/ && yarn link react # Rebuild the packages with the same version of React $ cd /code/path/to/react-admin/ && make build # Return to your app and ensure all dependencies have resolved $ cd /code/path/to/myapp/ && yarn install # Start your app $ yarn start

Automated Tests

Automated tests are also crucial in our development process. You can run all the tests (linting, unit and functional tests) by calling:

make test

Unit tests use


, so you should be able to run a subset of tests, or run tests continuously on change, by passing options to

yarn jest

Besides, tests related to the modified files are ran automatically at commit using a git pre-commit hook. This means you won't be able to commit your changes if they break the tests.

When working on the end to end tests, you can leverage cypress runner by starting the simple example yourself (

make run-simple


yarn run-simple

) and starting cypress in another terminal (

make test-e2e-local


yarn test-e2e-local


Coding Standards

If you have coding standards problems, you can fix them automatically using


by calling

make prettier

However, these commands are ran automatically at each commit so you shouldn't have to worry about them.


If you want to contribute to the documentation, install jekyll, then call

make doc

And then browse to http://localhost:4000/


React-admin is licensed under the MIT License, sponsored and supported by marmelab.

FOSSA Status


This library is free to use, even for commercial purpose. If you want to give back, please talk about it, help newcomers, or contribute code. But the best way to give back is to donate to a charity. We recommend Doctors Without Borders.

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