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Design tokens that power all Palmetto UIs.

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Palmetto Design Tokens

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A central location to store shared attributes of the Palmetto Design System. These attributes include: colors, fonts, spacing, and more. Using Amazon's Style Dictionary we transform attributes into usable variables for a variety of platforms.


Install The package in your project
npm install @palmetto/palmetto-design-tokens


yarn add @palmetto/palmetto-design-tokens
Import tokens into your project based on your platform requirements

Ideally you'd want to import them into a file that exposes them to your entire application.

SASS Variables imported into a .scss file

@import '~@palmetto/palmetto-design-tokens/build/scss/tokens.scss'

CSS Variables imported into a .css file

@import '~@palmetto/palmetto-design-tokens/build/css/tokens.css'

SASS Utility classes imported into a .scss file (NOTE: SCSS and CSS utility classes are the same, we provide both if you wish to maintain consistency in file formats)

@import '~@palmetto/palmetto-design-tokens/build/utilities/utilities-color.scss'
@import '~@palmetto/palmetto-design-tokens/build/utilities/utilities-size.scss'

CSS Utility Classes imported into a .css file

@import '~@palmetto/palmetto-design-tokens/build/utilities/utilities-color.css'
@import '~@palmetto/palmetto-design-tokens/build/utilities/utilities-size.css'
Use variables as needed


.class-with-primary-text-color: { color: $color.brand.primary.base; }
$my-own-shadow-variable: 1rem 1rem $;


.class-with-primary-text-color: { color: var(--color.brand.primary.base); }
--my-own-shadow-variable: 1rem 1rem var(;
Using Icons

The library includes custom svg icons from the design system. They are provided in two formats, svg or as React components.

They can be pulled from the build here:

@palmetto/palmetto-design-tokens/build/icons/svg // <-- SVG ICONS
@palmetto/palmetto-design-tokens/build/icons/svg // <-- React Components. NOTE: there is an index file that maps all icons in a dictionary, but they can also be used individually.


<img src="../user.svg" alt="user">


import UserIcon from '@palmetto/palmetto-design-tokens/build/icons/react/UserIcon'; <-- Single Icon Import

// or
import icons from '@palmetto/palmetto-design-tokens/build/icons/react; <-- Icon map

const MyUserIcon = icons['user']; <-- Use icon name to.

<MyUserIcon {...props} />

// All icon names are documented in the IconName union type.
import { IconName } from '@palmetto/palmetto-design-tokens/build/types';

Available Tokens

  • Color
    • Brand
    • Font
    • Border
  • Size
    • Border
    • Border Radius
    • Breakpoint
    • Spacing
    • Font
    • Width
    • Height
    • Box Shadow
    • Opacity
    • Z-Index
    • Line-Height

Local Development

To build tokens locally run npm run build or yarn build. NOTE: you will need a local .env file with a Figma access token assigned to FIGMA_PERSONAL_ACCESS_TOKEN. See HOW TO GET A FIGMA ACCESS TOKEN. If you are still unsure how to get a working access token, or the process is not working for you, please reach out to one of our library owners.

In order to test any local changes you'll need to build tokens, and symlink your local package into any project that consumes it. See NPM link or Yarn link for more details.

Updating Tokens

While style-dictionary typically builds tokens off of raw JSON files, in our case we are actually pulling token names and values directly from a Figma file so visual designers can make changes and publish them as tokens. The build process will read the file (The id is a constant in the build.js file).

In order to make changes to tokens, you'll need to open the Design Tokens file. Once you've made your changes, Save a new Version of the file in Figma by going to the hamburger menu --> File --> Save to version history...

This will create a new version of the same file. The File ID will remain the same, but you should now be able to go to your file version, and extract the version ID from the URL in the browser. Replace the existing FIGMA_FILE_VERSION constant in build.js and run a build to confirm that your version is working correctly.

Updating Icons

The build process handles the following:

  • mapping any svg icons in the /icons folder into the appropriate build directory
  • updating the IconName type based on the file names in the directory.
  • Creating corresponding react components for each svg, and transpiling the resulting JSX with babel.
  • Regenerating the icons index map for use in react applications.

As a developer, to update icons all that needs to be done is add them to the /icons folder with the name that you want the icon to have. Please follow these rules when exporting and adding icons:

  • SVGs should be exported with a size of 16x16px since this will be the size of our default viewbox.
  • SVGS should be exported with default width, height of 1em so they will inherit their size from the adjacent element font sizes, or a class/style applied directly.
  • SVGs must not include fill or stroke color, instead being exported with a value of 'currentColor' for both these attributes. This will ensure proper inheritance.
  • Remove any classNames or title that might be in the svg file
  • SVG files should be named using kebab-case.
  • Commit your changes using the following commit message format: 'feat(Icon): new-icon-name, new-icon-name2`
  • Open a pull request and get it approved for publishing


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Palmetto Components uses the semantic-release npm package to fully automate the release workflow. Instead of manually updating the release version in package.json, and creating a new release tag in GitHub for each release, they are automatically triggered by prefixing the commit message when merging to main. Upon triggering a release, the package version is bumped depending on the type specified, a release tag is created in GitHub, and the new version is automatically published to npm.

For example, opening a PR to main with the commit message fix: Resolve bug, will trigger a minor release and bump the package's version from 0.0.0 to 0.0.1. Opening a PR with feat(Table): Finalize tests will trigger a feature release and bump the package's version from 0.0.0 to 0.1.0.

The link above provides full documentation for this workflow. However, a comprehensive list of the prefix types, and their intended uses are provide below for quick reference:

Release Types

Must be one of the following:


  • BREAKING CHANGE: A set of breaking changes.


  • feat: A new feature


  • fix: A bug fix
  • perf: A code change that improves performance
  • ci: A change to our CI pipelines/workflows.
  • build: A change to the library build process (That does not break the consumer API).
  • test: Added or improved testing in some area of the library.
  • refactor: Changed code structure without affecting features.
  • docs: Added to, or improved documentation.
  • style: Change in code style without affecting features.


If your code includes major changes or any breaking changes to the codebase, I.E, a new major version, or a large refactor, that will require a pre-release, and more extensive testing. To publish a pre-release, open (and eventually merge) your PR against the beta branch. This will publish the package with a @beta tag which can then be easily consumed and tested by other consumers locally.

How can I contribute to this project?

  1. Find an issue that you are interested in addressing or a feature that you would like to add. See Issues Page. If you don't see any issues here, feel free to create one.

  2. Fork the repository associated with the issue to your local GitHub organization. This means that you will have a copy of the repository under your-github-username/palmetto-design-tokens.

  3. Clone the repository to your local machine using git clone

  4. Create a new branch for your fix using git checkout -b my-awesome-feature.

  5. Make the appropriate changes for the issue you are trying to address or the feature that you want to add.

  6. Use git add insert-paths-of-changed-files-here to add the file contents of the changed files to the "snapshot" git uses to manage the state of the project, also known as the index.

  7. Use git commit -m "Insert a short message of the changes made here" to store the contents of the index with a descriptive message.

  8. Push the changes to the remote repository using git push origin my-awesome-feature.

  9. Submit a pull request to the upstream repository.

  10. Title the pull request with a short description of the changes made and the issue or bug number associated with your change. For example, you can title an issue like so "Added more log outputting to resolve #4352".

  11. In the description of the pull request, explain the changes that you made, any issues you think exist with the pull request you made, and any questions you have for the maintainer.

  12. Wait for the pull request to be reviewed by a maintainer.

  13. Make changes to the pull request if the reviewing maintainer recommends them.

  14. Celebrate your success after your pull request is merged!


Package last updated on 16 Jul 2024

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