Gestalt is a set of React UI components that enforces Pinterest’s design language. We use it to streamline communication between designers and developers by enforcing a bunch of fundamental UI components. This common set of components helps raise the bar for UX & accessibility across Pinterest.


Gestalt exports each component as ES6 modules and a single, precompiled CSS file:

import { Text } from 'gestalt';
import 'gestalt/dist/gestalt.css';

That syntax is Webpack specific (and will work with Create React App), but you can use Gestalt anywhere that supports ES6 module bundling and global CSS.


Install dependencies.


Start the development server:

yarn start
open "http://localhost:8080"

Visit [http://localhost:8080/](http://localhost:8080) and click on a component to view the docs.

Running Jest unit tests:

yarn test

Using the Masonry playground:

cd test && yarn start
open "http://localhost:3000"

Running Masonry's integration tests. This will likely leave hanging Firefox processes left over, so please be warned.



The following outlines our release process:

  • Checkout a new branch.
  • Bump package version in package.json.
  • Open a pull request with the new version and land that in master.
  • Once the version is bumped in master, checkout that commit locally.
  • Publish the tag, npm package, and docs with: ./scripts/publish.js.
  • Draft a release from the tag and update the release notes at