Manifold UI offers a simple, yet versitle, theming API for customizing the look and feel of components.

= Partially Implemented
= Not Implemented


CSS Custom Properties

For the purposes of theming, we need to be able to apply styles within the shadow DOM. Although selectors can't penetrate the shadow DOM, properties can still be inherited from ancestor elements. This includes CSS Custom Properites. The use of custom properties within Manifold UI components means that components will inherit theme values defined outside of their shadow DOM. This preserves style encapsulation and allows certain style properties within components to be customizable.

Base Theme

Manifold UI comes with a base theme that provides various levels of abstraction. This allows for easy theming at a high level for all components with just a small set of valiables, while also exposing lower level variables for more precise theming of individual components.

We recommend that you use this base theme as a starting point for building your own custom theme. To add the base theme to your project:

import '@manifoldco/ui/dist/manifold/manifold.css';

Global Theming

Global theming is the easiest way to set theme values that will be propagrated throughout the Manifold UI components.

We recommend setting variables on :root, which will override variables from the base theme:

/* Import the base theme somewhere before this. */

:root {
  --manifold-font-family: 'IBM Plex Sans', sans-serif;
  --manifold-color-primary: #fb3e44;
  /* Other values go here */

Some variables will work regardless of which element they are set on. However, to ensure that overrides propagate through the base theme as intended, it's important to define them on the :root element.

These variables should also be set after the base theme import, because overriding these variables replies on precedence.

Component Theming [Coming Soon]

Component theming allows fine-tuning of theme values on a component level. Each component has its own set of variables that inherit from the global theme. Overriding a component's theme variables can be done by defining variables on the component's element selector.

Grayscales & Dark Theming

Name Default Description
--manifold-grayscale-base 0, 0, 0 The darkest color on your grayscale in RGB values
--manifold-grayscale-base-inverted 255, 255, 255 The lightest color on your grayscale in RGB values

These grayscale bases provide the foundation for your theme. These two values, define a grayscale range. Intermediate values are then derived by varying the opacity of each base and used throughout Manifold UI components.

By default, --manifold-grayscale-[opacity] values range from solid black down to transparent, and --manifold-grayscale-[opacity]i (notice the i for inverted) values range from solid white down to transparent. The main advantage to using these two contrasting grascales, is that a dark theme can be created simply by swapping these base values:

Light Theme (Default)

:root {
  --manifold-grayscale-base: 0, 0, 0;
  --manifold-grayscale-base-inverted: 255, 255, 255;

Dark Theme

:root {
  --manifold-grayscale-base: 255, 255, 255;
  --manifold-grayscale-base-inverted: 0, 0, 0;

Theme Hierarchy

There are four theming levels:

Level Description
Base (highest) The base theme provided by Manifold UI
Top-level Your custom theme and branding
Common Components Reusable UI elements like cards, buttons, and tags
Unique Components (lowest) Specific use components like Marketplace, Plan Selector, and Product

Each level recieves its default values from the level above. Redefining a lower level value will override the value from the higher level.

For example, the CTA button background in the Plan Selector component is customizable with one the following properties:

:root {
  /* Base: the default primary color is applied and the button is blue
  (along with other elements that use the primary color). */
  --manifold-color-primary: blue; /* imported from Manifold UI */

  /* Top-level: overrides primary color from the Base and turns the button
  red (along with other elements that use the primary color). */
  --manifold-color-primary: red;

  /* Common Component: overrides the primary color from the Top-Level and
  turns the button green (along with all other buttons). */
  --manifold-button-background: green;

  /* Unique Component (not implemented): overrides the button background from the Common
  Component and turns the button orange (no other elements are affected) */
  --manifold-plan-selector-cta-background: orange;

Text styles follow a similar hierarchy:

:root {
  /* Base: default color applied to all generic text. */
  --manifold-text-color: var(--manifold-grayscale-100); /* black */

  /* Top-level: your theme's text color applied to all generic text. */
  --manifold-text-color: #444;

  /* Common Text: Text color applied to all level headings (overrides
  top-level text color). */
  --manifold-heading-text-color: #666;

  /* Unique Text (not implemented): Text color applied to category headings in the
  Marketplace component (overrides common text text color). */
  --manifold-marketplace-category-heading-text-color: #888;

Missing Properties?

Even at the lowest level, some properties are not exposed in the theming API. If there are additional styles that you would like to customize for your theme, please let us know and we can work to make them available.


Some variables that are for a specific state *-hover, *-focus, *-active will only applied to cetain elements. *-hover styles will only be applied on interactive (clickable) elements, *-focus styles will only be applied to focusable elements.

API Reference


Name Default Description
--manifold-grayscale-base 0, 0, 0 The darkest color on your grayscale in RGB values
--manifold-grayscale-base-inverted 255, 255, 255 The lightest color on your grayscale in RGB values

Top Level Properties

Name Default Description
--manifold-color-primary rgb(30, 80, 218) Primary color
--manifold-color-success rgb(49, 186, 162) Success color*
--manifold-color-info rgb(30, 80, 218) General info message color*
--manifold-color-warn rgb(254, 113, 75) Warning color*
--manifold-color-error rgb(213, 15, 73) Error color*
--manifold-font-family (System) Default text family
--manifold-font-family-monospace IBM Plex Sans Monospace,monospace Code font family (credentials, etc.)
--manifold-text-color var(--manifold-grayscale-100) Base text color
--manifold-radius 4px Radius for buttons, tags, cards, textfields
--manifold-border 1px solid var(--manifold-grayscale-15) Border for cards, text fields
--manifold-border-hover 1px solid var(--manifold-grayscale-30) Border for interactive cards, text fields on hover
--manifold-border-focus 1px solid var(--manifold-color-primary) Border for interactive cards, text fields on focus
--manifold-border-active 1px solid var(--manifold-color-primary) Border for interactive cards when they are active

Common Component Properties


Text components are used thoughout most components.

Name Default Description
--manifold-text-color-secondary var(--manifold-grayscale-50) Secondary text color; provides additional context to some primary text. Examples: suffixes, descriptions
--manifold-text-color-accent var(--manifold-grayscale-100i) Accent text color; overlays on --manifold-color-primary for buttons, tags, etc.
--manifold-text-color-body var(--manifold-text-color) Body text color; paragraphs of text.
--manifold-heading-text-color var(--manifold-text-color) Text color for all headings.
--manifold-heading-font-family var(--manifold-font-family) Font family for all headings
--manifold-heading-font-weight 400 Weight for all headings


Cards are used in Marketplace (service cards) and Plan Selector (plan buttons, plan details panel).

Name Default Property
--manifold-card-background var(--manifold-grayscale-100i) background
--manifold-card-border var(--manifold-border) border
--manifold-card-radius var(--manifold-radius) border-radius
--manifold-card-shadow none box-shadow
--manifold-card-background-hover var(--manifold-card-background) background (hover)
--manifold-card-border-hover var(--manifold-card-border) border (hover)
--manifold-card-shadow-hover var(--manifold-card-shadow) box-shadow (hover)
--manifold-card-background-active var(--manifold-card-background) background (active)
--manifold-card-border-active var(--manifold-border-active) border (active)
--manifold-card-text-color-active var(--manifold-text-color) color (active)

Input Fields

Name Default Property
--manifold-input-background var(--manifold-grayscale-100i) background
--manifold-input-text-color var(--manifold-text-color) color
--manifold-input-border var(--manifold-border) border
--manifold-input-radius var(--manifold-radius) border-radius
--manifold-input-shadow none box-shadow
--manifold-input-background-focus var(--manifold-input-background-hover) background (focus)
--manifold-input-border-focus var(--manifold-input-border-focus) border (focus)
--manifold-input-shadow-focus var(--manifold-input-shadow-hover) box-shadow (focus)


Name Default Property
--manifold-tag-background var(--manifold-color-primary) background
--manifold-tag-text-color var(--manifold-text-color-accent) color
--manifold-tag-font-family var(--manifold-font-family) font-family
--manifold-tag-font-size down1 font-size
--manifold-tag-font-weight 700 font-weight
--manifold-tag-text-transform initial text-transform
--manifold-tag-radius 3em (round) border-radius
--manifold-tag-padding 0.25em 1em padding
--manifold-tag-free-background var(--manifold-color-secondary) background (free)
--manifold-tag-free-text-color var(--manifold-text-color-accent) color (free)

Unique Component Properties


Name Default Description
--manifold-categoryMenu-top 0 Category menu top sticky position