Material UI | How to easily set up dark theme toggle in React

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Scaffold React Application#

A new react app is easily scaffolded using

$ npx create-react-app my-app

Install dependencies#

I need to install material ui core package.

// with npm
$ npm install @material-ui/core

// with yarn
$ yarn add @material-ui/core

Wrap application in Theme Provider#

For the purpose of this demo, I will use App.js to set up everything.

  1. Add Light and Dark themes

    export const light = {
    palette: {
    type: 'light',
    export const dark = {
    palette: {
    type: 'dark',
  2. Import ThemeProvider and createMuiTheme

    import { ThemeProvider } from '@material-ui/core'
    import { createMuiTheme } from '@material-ui/core/styles'
  3. Set up the toggle logic

    const [theme, setTheme] = useState(true)
    const icon = !theme ? <Brightness7Icon /> : <Brightness3Icon /> // Icons imported from `@material-ui/icons`
    const appliedTheme = createMuiTheme(theme ? light : dark)
  4. Wrap the render inside ThemeProvider and pass the appliedTheme

    return <ThemeProvider theme={appliedTheme}>//rest of the code</ThemeProvider>
  5. Trigger toggle using onClick

    onClick={() => setTheme(!theme)}

Now our theme toggle logic is in place.

Add rest of the material ui components and see the toggle in action!

You can see a working example here, along with the code.