Contributing to Chakra UI

Thanks for showing interest to contribute to Chakra UI 💖, you rock!

When it comes to open source, there are different ways you can contribute, all of which are valuable. Here's a few guidelines that should help you as you prepare your contribution.

Here's the table of contents:

Setup the Project#

Setting up the docsite project is easy. It's a Next.js site. The following steps will get you up and running to contribute to the Chakra UI docsite:

  1. Fork the repo (click the Fork button at the top right of this page)

  2. Clone your fork locally

git clone<your_github_username>/chakra-ui-docs.git
cd chakra-ui-docs
  1. Setup all the dependencies and packages by running pnpm i.

  2. Execute pnpm dev to spin up a local development server. If you're running Windows, contentlayer might not work as expected, so you'd need to do npx contentlayer build before running pnpm dev in order to generate the docsite content.

If you run into any issues, kindly reach out to the Chakra UI React team here:


pnpm: installs the dependency packages.

pnpm dev: starts the local development server.

pnpm build: builds the docsite for production.

pnpm lint: runs the nextjs linter which checks for code issues.

pnpm website dev: runs the docsite in development mode.

pnpm avatars:gen: regenerates the avatars

pnpm members:gen: regenerates the members

pnpm former-members:gen: regenerates the former members

pnpm search-meta:gen: regenerates the search meta

pnpm showcase-data:gen: regenerates the showcase data

pnpm changelog:gen: regenerates the Changelog

pnpm cache:clean: deletes the .contentlayer folder

pnpm clean: deletes the pnpm.lock file and node_modules

pnpm reinstall: reinstalls the dependency packages

Updating the docs for new release#

When a new version of @chakra-ui/react has been released, here's what you need to do to get it reflected in the docs:

  • Bump the version of @chakra-ui/react
  • Run pnpm changelog:gen to fetch the most recent changelog from the main repository
  • Open a Pull Request titled docs: updates for new release

Commit Convention#

Before you create a Pull Request, please check whether your commits comply with the commit conventions used in this repository.

When you create a commit we kindly ask you to follow the convention category(scope or module): message in your commit message while using one of the following categories:

  • feat: all changes that introduce completely new code or new features
  • fix: changes that fix a bug (ideally you will additionally reference an issue if present)
  • refactor: any code related change that is not a fix nor a feature
  • docs: changing existing or creating new documentation (i.e. README, docs for usage of a lib or cli usage)
  • build: all changes regarding the build of the software, changes to dependencies or the addition of new dependencies
  • ci: all changes regarding the configuration of continuous integration (i.e. github actions, ci system)
  • chore: all changes to the repository that do not fit into any of the above categories

If you are interested in the detailed specification you can visit or check out the Angular Commit Message Guidelines.

Steps to PR#

  1. Fork of the chakra-ui-docs repository and clone your fork

  2. Create a new branch out of the main branch. We follow the convention [type/scope]. For example fix/accordion-hook or docs/menu-typo. type can be either docs, fix, feat, build, or any other conventional commit type. scope is just a short id that describes the scope of work.

  3. Make and commit your changes following the commit convention. As you develop, you can run pnpm lint to make sure everything works as expected. Please note that you might have to run pnpm first in order to install all dependencies.

Want to write a blog post or tutorial#

That would be amazing! Reach out to the core team here: We would love to support you any way we can.

Want to help improve the docs?#

By default, the GitHub REST API has an anonymous user rate limit. This can be hit during heavy local docs development if the server is frequently restarted.

Creating a GitHub token and storing it as the GITHUB_TOKEN environment variable allows the user to avoid the limit.

Visit to create a new personal access token. After creating the token, be sure to copy the token string to your clipboard.

You'll then run the following command in the terminal at the root of the project:


The .env file is already ignored by git.


By contributing your code to the chakra-ui-docs GitHub repository, you agree to license your contribution under the MIT license.****

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