Using Panda CSS with Vite

Setting up Panda CSS in a Vite project using PostCSS.

Start a new project

Create Vite project

To get started, we will need to create a new Vite project using react-ts template.

pnpm create vite test-app --template react-ts
cd test-app
pnpm install

Install Panda

Install panda and create your panda.config.ts file.

pnpm install -D @pandacss/dev
pnpm panda init --postcss

Update package.json scripts

Open your package.json file and update the scripts section as follows:

  "scripts": {
+    "prepare": "panda codegen",
    "dev": "vite",
    "build": "tsc && vite build",
    "lint": "eslint src --ext ts,tsx --report-unused-disable-directives --max-warnings 0",
    "preview": "vite preview"
  • "prepare" - script that will run Panda CSS CLI codegen before each build. Read more about codegen in the CLI section.

This step ensures that the panda output directory is regenerated after each dependency installation. So you can add the output directory to your .gitignore file and not worry about it.

Configure the content

Make sure that all of the paths of your React components are included in the include section of the panda.config.ts file.

import { defineConfig } from "@pandacss/dev"
export default defineConfig({
 // Whether to use css reset
 preflight: true,
 // Where to look for your css declarations
 include: ["./src/**/*.{js,jsx,ts,tsx}", "./pages/**/*.{js,jsx,ts,tsx}"],
 // Files to exclude
 exclude: [],
 // The output directory for your css system
 outdir: "styled-system",

Configure the entry CSS with layers

Add this code to an src/index.css file imported in the root component of your project.

@layer reset, base, tokens, recipes, utilities;

Note: Feel free to remove src/App.css file as we don't need it anymore, and make sure to remove the import from the src/App.tsx file.

Start your build process

Run the following command to start your development server.

pnpm dev

Start using Panda

Now you can start using Panda CSS in your project. Here is the snippet of code that you can use in your src/App.tsx file.

import { css } from '../styled-system/css';
function App() {
  return (
    <div className={css({ fontSize: "2xl", fontWeight: 'bold' })}>Hello 🐼!</div>
export default App;


If you're not getting import autocomplete in your IDE, you may need to include the styled-system directory in your tsconfig.json file:

  // ...
  "include":  ["src", "styled-system"]