At the moment the @tldraw/tldraw package is in beta. We also ship a canary version which is always up to date with the main branch of tldraw repository.

Beta

First, install the @tldraw/tldraw package using @beta for the latest beta release.

Canary

To get the very latest version, use the latest canary release. Docs for the very latest version are also available at canary.tldraw.dev.

Usage

You can use the Tldraw component inside of any React component.

Wrapper

It's important that the Tldraw component is wrapped in a parent container that has an explicit size. Its height and width are set to 100%, so it will fill its parent container.

CSS

In addition to the Tldraw component itself, you should also import the tldraw.css file from the @tldraw/tldraw package.

You can alternatively import this file inside of another CSS file using the @import syntax.

If you'd like to deeply change the way that tldraw looks, you can copy the tldraw.css file into a new CSS file, make your changes, and import that instead.

Fonts

We also use Inter as the default tldraw font. You can import this font however you like (or use a different font!) but here's the CSS import from Google fonts that we use:

HTML

If you're using the Tldraw component in a full-screen app, you probably also want to update your index.html's meta viewport element as shown below.

This may not be critical to Tldraw performing correctly, however some features (such as safe area positioning) will only work correctly if these viewport options are set.

Server Rendering

The Tldraw component can't be server-rendered. If you're using the component in a server-rendered framework (such as Next.js) then you need to import it dynamically.

Using a bundler

If you're using a bundler like webpack or rollup, you can import the assets directly from the @tldraw/assets package. Here you can use getAssetUrlsByMetaUrl helper function:

Usage in Frameworks

Visit our framework examples repository to see examples of tldraw being used in various frameworks.

Static Assets

In order to use the Tldraw component, the app must be able to find certain assets. These are contained in the embed-icons, fonts, icons, and translations folders. We offer a few different ways of making these assets available to your app.

Using a public CDN

By default we serve these assets from a public CDN called unpkg, so everything should work out of the box and is a good way to get started.

If you would like to customize some of the assets you can pass the customizations to our Tldraw component. For example, to use a custom icon for the hand tool you can do the following:

This will use the custom icon for the hand tool and the default assets for everything else.

Self-hosting static assets

If you want more flexibility you can also host these assets yourself:

  1. Download the embed-icons, fonts, icons, and translations folders from the assets folder of the tldraw repository.
  2. Place the folders in your project's public path.
  3. Pass assetUrls prop to our <Tldraw/> component to let the component know where the assets live.

You can use our getAssetUrls helper function from the @tldraw/assets package to generate these urls for you.

While these files must be available, you can overwrite the individual files: for example, by placing different icons under the same name or modifying / adding translations.

If you use a CDN for hosting these files you can specify the base url of your assets. To recreate the above option of serving the assets from unpkg you would do the following:

Subcomponents

The Tldraw component combines two lower-level components: TldrawEditor and TldrawUi. If you want to have more granular control, you can use those lower-level components directly. See this example for reference.

Customize the default components

You can customize the appearance of the tldraw editor and ui using the Tldraw (or TldrawEditor) component's components prop.

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Last edited on 22 March 2023
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