Franklin Storybook Addon

A storybook addon for building Franklin blocks.

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Franklin Storybook Addon

A storybook addon for working with Franklin projects.

Configuring your franklin project with Storybook

  1. Install storybook html
npx storybook init --type html
  1. Install the Franklin storybook addon
npm install -D @dylandepass/franklin-storybook-addon
  1. Update ./storybook/main.js

Here we are telling storybook to expose the content in ./scripts, ./styles and ./icons as static directies in storybook. This will allow us to use styles.css and other dependacies in our stories. We are also registering the franklin-storybook-addon with storybook.

module.exports = {
  "stories": [
  "addons": [
  "framework": "@storybook/html",
  "staticDirs": [
    { from: "../scripts", to: "/scripts" }, 
    { from: "../styles", to: "/styles" }, 
    { from: "../icons", to: "/icons" }
  1. Delete the sample storybook content
rm -rf ./stories
  1. Tell storybook to load styles.css

Create the file preview-head.html inside of ./.storybook.

Add a link to styles.css

<link rel="stylesheet" href="./styles/styles.css">

Create stories content to load in storybook

  1. In the root of the site content store (gdrive or sharepoint). Create a folder called storybook.

  2. Inside the storybook folder create a document for a block you want to use within storybook. I.E cards

  3. Paste an example cards content block inside the document and preview it.

  4. In order for storybook to be able to load the example block we need to set a wildcard CORS policy on it.

    • Create a sheet at in the content store at /.helix/headers if one doesn't exist.
  5. Add the following rows

    url key value
    /storybook/** access-control-allow-origin *

Create the story

  1. Create a stories file for each block you want to use with storybook. I recommend putting the stories file in the same folder as the block code. (I.E blocks/cards/cards.stories.js)

    Here is an stories file for a cards block.

       import { FranklinTemplate } from '@dylandepass/franklin-storybook-addon';
       import { loadPage } from '../../scripts/scripts.js';
       import decorate from './cards.js';
       import style from './cards.css';
       export const Cards = (args, context) => FranklinTemplate(loadPage, args, context, decorate);
       Cards.parameters = {
           path: '/storybook/cards.plain.html',
           selector: '.cards',
           index: 0,
       Cards.storyName = 'Cards';
       * Default Config
       export default {
           title: 'Cards',
           parameters: {
               docs: {
                   description: {
                       component: 'A block to display cards',
           argTypes: {
               blockClasses: {
                   options: ['light', 'dark'],
                   control: { type: 'radio' },
                   table: {
                       category: 'Block',
  2. Setup argTypes

    The addon supports two types of optional argTypes, sectionClasses and blockClasses. The option can either be mutually exclusive or not. If you want to support multiple classes at the same time you can change the control type from radio to check.

    Section Classes

    Any classes added to sectionClasses will be added to the section element as well as added get added to section-metadata in the content tab.

    Block Classes

    Any classes added to blockClasses will be added to the block element and block heading in the content tab.

  3. Modify scripts.js

    The addon requires access to loadPage() method from scripts.js in order to decorate the franklin blocks correctly. You will need to update scripts.js to export the loadPage() method and also wrap the call to loadPage in a check to prevent it from being called when running in storybook.

      export async function loadPage() {
        console.log('loading page');
        await loadEager(document);
        await loadLazy(document);
      if(!window.__STORYBOOK_PREVIEW__) {

    Optionally, you may also want to wrap loadBlocks, loadHeader and loadFooter in loadLazy in a check as well to prevent them from attemping to load in storybook. The franklin stoybook addon will takcare of decorating the block.

      if (!window.__STORYBOOK_PREVIEW__) {
        await loadBlocks(main);
      if(!window.__STORYBOOK_PREVIEW__) {

Development scripts

  • yarn start runs babel in watch mode and starts Storybook

  • yarn build build and package your addon code

Made by
  • dylandepass
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