First Steps

This section explains how to get started with UI5 Web Components.

Distribution Model

UI5 Web Components are distributed as ES6 modules across several NPM packages:

The most commonly used ones are:

  • @ui5/webcomponents - components library, containing bread-and-butter components (buttons, inputs, pickers, etc.);
  • @ui5/webcomponents-fiori - components library, containing semantic, higher-order components;
  • @ui5/webcomponents-icons - icons collection, containing general-purpose and business-oriented icons.

Important: There is no CDN for UI5 Web Components. Each application is expected to import and bundle only the components (and any other resources) it is going to use.

Bundling UI5 Web Components

To build your UI5 Web Components project you can use any bundling tool that supports the following features:

  • .json imports;
  • dynamic ES6 imports.

This is true of all modern bundlers.

UI5 Web Components are shipped as ES6 modules and published on NPM. If you are already using a framework that handles bundling of ES6 modules, skip forward to Installation or check the Tutorials section.

Creating a Project

You can use any ES6 module-capable front-end tooling, but in case you don’t have a preference yet, you can start a new project using Vite. The only prerequisite is to have Node.js installed.

npm init vite
  • Select a project name: my-webcomponents-app
  • Select a framework: vanilla
  • Select a variant: JavaScript

This command will create a project structure under my-webcomponents-app. Follow the instructions on the screen to install the initial depenednecies and start a dev server.

cd my-webcomponents-app
npm install
npm run dev​

You should see a message that a server is running on Local: http://localhost:3000/. Launch your favourite IDE and change some code, the browser page will be automatically refreshed.


Install @ui5/webcomponents

npm install @ui5/webcomponents

This command downloads the published source code of the UI5 Web Components to the node_modules folder. Now, you can add them to your code to get them on the web page.


Take a look at the available UI5 Web Components documentation in the playground.


1. Import the needed Web Component.

// src/main.js
import "@ui5/webcomponents/dist/Button.js";

This line runs the code that registers the <ui5-button> tag with the browser. Now, when the browser sees such a tag, it knows how to render it.

2. Instantiate the Web Component.

Next, change the application markup in the same file to display the button on the page:

// src/main.js
document.querySelector('#app').innerHTML = `
  <ui5-button>Hello UI5 Web Components</ui5-button>

Check the browser to see the displayed button. You can now use UI5 Web Components just like normal HTML elements - set attributes on them, attach events, and more as described in the documentation.

3. Run a production build.

If you want to deploy your project on a static hosting or in a Node.js project, run:

npm run build

The output will show what files were created along with their sizes:

vite v2.3.4 building for production...
✓ 99 modules transformed.
dist/assets/favicon.17e50649.svg 1.49kb
dist/index.html 0.51kb
dist/assets/index.ccce2ca3.css 0.16kb / brotli: 0.10kb
dist/assets/index.4116dceb.js 0.12kb / brotli: 0.09kb
dist/assets/vendor.c05c7785.js 114.92kb / brotli: 24.30kb

The contents of the dist folder is ready to be deployed for productive usage. The hashes in the file names make them safe for caching and the produced bundle is optimized for production.

4. Enjoy UI5 Web Components.

Next: Importing UI5 Web Components