Extending your notebook UI with @nteract/stateful-components

This suite of React components provides several points of extensibility for the UI. This document covers them here.

Extending Editors

nteract ships with the CodeMirror editor in its desktop and Jupyter extensions. However, you might want to use an alternative editor in your own notebook based UI. To add your own editor to the nteract UI, create a React component that encompasses the editor.

class MyCoolEditor extends React.Component {
    static defaultProps = {
        editorType = "myeditor"

    render() {
        return <textarea/>

The editorType default prop is important here. The editorType is used to select between different types of editors.

import { Editor } from "@nteract/stateful-components"
import CodeMirrorEditor from "@nteract/editor"
import MyCoolEditor from "./my-cool-editor";

class Editor extends React.Component {
    render() {
        return <Editor id={cellId} contentRef={contentRef}>
            <CodeMirrorEditor />
            <MyCoolEditor />

The Editor stateful component take a cellId and a contentRef, extracts the relevant state properties from the state, and passes them to the child editors.

Extending Cells

The @nteract/stateful-components package ships with a default set of implementations for different types of cells: markdown, code, and raw. How do you go about adding your own set of cells?

You can override the children of the Cells component and render your own custom Cell components for each cell_type. For example, to override the default MarkdownCell, you can do the following.

import { Cells, CodeCell, RawCell } from "@nteract/stateful-components";

class MarkdownCell extends React.Component {
  static defaultProps = {
    cell_type: "markdown"

  render() {
    return <p>{this.props.value}</p>;

class MyCells extends React.Component {
  render() {
    return (
          markdown: <MarkdownCell id={cellId} contentRef={contentRef} />,
          code: <CodeCell id={cellId} contentRef={contentRef} />,
          raw: <RawCell id={cellId} contentRef={contentRef} />

Similar to the pattern for creating configurable editors, configurable cells require that a cell_type prop exist on the child component that matches the cell_type the component is intended to render.

Name-slot based child composition patterns

We've all been in that situation where we were generally happy with something but wanted one small thing changed. The "Extending Cells" pattern provides a strategy for overriding the entire default implementation for cells exported by nteract, but what if we wanted to override only particular components.

The @nteract/stateful-components package has support for name slot-based component overrides. For example, let's say you want to override just the Prompt component within a CodeCell. You can do this by defining your own Prompt component.

class MyPrompt extends React.Component {
  static displayName = "Prompt";

  render() {
    return <p>Your custom prompt here</p>;

Then passing that Prompt component as a named child to the CodeCell component exported by nteract.

import { CodeCell } from "@nteract/stateful-components";

class MyCodeCell extends React.Component {
    render() {
        return <CodeCell>
            {{ prompt: <Prompt> }}

Overrides are currently enabled for the following parent and child components.

Parent Component Child Component
CodeCell pagers
CodeCell prompt
CodeCell outputs
CodeCell editor
CodeCell inputPrompts
MarkdownCell editor
RawCell editor