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React component

The vitessce package exports the Vitessce React component. The component props are described below.

import React from 'react';
import { Vitessce } from 'vitessce';
import myViewConfig from './my-view-config';
import 'vitessce/dist/es/production/static/css/index.css';
import './index.css';

export default function MyApp() {
return (

Required props


  • Type: object

This parameter takes a Vitessce view config as a JSON object. Please visit our view config documentation pages for more details.


  • Type: number

The height in pixels that the Vitessce grid will fill on the page.

Optional props


  • Type: string

The theme, used for styling the components. By default, dark.

lightThe light theme
darkThe dark theme


  • Type: function

A callback for view config updates.


  • Type: boolean

Whether to validate against the view config schema when publishing changes. Use for debugging purposes only, as this has a performance impact.


  • Type: boolean

If set to true then users cannot resize or move components beyond the initial borders of the grid. By default, false.

Lazy loading

We are aware that the main JavaScript bundle for Vitessce is large. If you would like to use the <Vitessce/> component in certain parts of your app without increasing the bundle size, one option is lazy loading.

Bundle splitting approach

React.lazy only works with default exports (rather than named exports), but we can work around this by adding a new file to wrap the Vitessce named export as a default export.

export { Vitessce as default } from 'vitessce';

Then in our app, we can dynamically import from this file in a call to React.lazy and use the lazy-loaded component within <Suspense/>.

import React, { Suspense } from 'react';
const Vitessce = React.lazy(() => import('./VitessceWrapper'));

export default function MyApp(props) {
const { config } = props;

return (
<Suspense fallback={<div>Loading...</div>}>
<Vitessce config={config} theme="dark" height={600} />

CDN dynamic import approach

One disadvantage of React.lazy is that it works with the bundler (e.g. Webpack) to do "bundle splitting", i.e. the bundle will now be split into two files: the main bundle and the separate bundle for the lazy component. This can be problematic if you are building a component (which wraps <Vitessce/>) which you also intend to publish, as those users dependent on your app will not necessarily be aware that one of your component's dependencies is lazily loaded. An alternative approach is to use a dynamic import to grab Vitessce from a CDN at run-time. The dynamic-import-polyfill package can be used to do this.

import React, { Suspense } from 'react';
import ReactDOM from 'react-dom';
import dynamicImportPolyfill from 'dynamic-import-polyfill';
import packageJson from '../../package.json';
import { createWarningComponent, asEsModule } from '../utils';
import 'vitessce/es/production/static/css/index.css';

const VITESSCE_BUNDLE_VERSION = packageJson.dependencies.vitessce;
const VITESSCE_BUNDLE_URL = `${VITESSCE_BUNDLE_VERSION}/dist/umd/production/index.min.js`;

// Initialize the dynamic __import__() function.

export function createWarningComponent(props) {
return () => {
const {
} = props;
return (
<div className={PRIMARY_CARD}>

export function asEsModule(component) {
return {
__esModule: true,
default: component,

// Lazy load the Vitessce React component,
// using dynamic imports with absolute URLs.
const Vitessce = React.lazy(() => {
if (!window.React) {
window.React = React;
if (!window.ReactDOM) {
window.ReactDOM = ReactDOM;
return new Promise((resolve) => {
const handleImportError = (e) => {
title: 'Could not load Vitessce',
message: 'The Vitessce scripts could not be dynamically imported.',
__import__(VITESSCE_BUNDLE_URL).then(() => {
// React.lazy promise must return an ES module with the
// component as the default export.

export default function MyApp(props) {
const { config } = props;

return (
<Suspense fallback={<div>Loading...</div>}>
<Vitessce config={config} theme="dark" height={600} />