Globals Controls

@luigiminardim/storybook-addon-globals-controls gives you a graphical UI to dynamically interact with the Storybook's globals variables. It creates an addon panel next to your component examples ("stories"), so you can edit them live.

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Globals Controls Storybook Addon

Sometimes your design is built to scale among various projects and needs to set some customizations between those. In these cases, you might want to set variables in the global context to configure your components in the specific way needed for a particular project. It is also a good idea to develop the design components checking possibles pre configurations that apply to them.

For these, Globals Controls addon gives you the same graphical UI as Storybook Controls, but to dynamically interact with the Storybook's globals variables.

Getting Started

Install Globals Controls Storybook Addon using:

yarn add -D @luigiminardim/storybook-addon-globals-controls

Then, add following content to .storybook/main.js:

module.exports = {
  addons: ['@luigiminardim/storybook-addon-globals-controls'],


In your .storybook/preview.js export the global types in the same API you set the argTypes. Check Storybook's official documentation for controls annotation to see the control API.

You can also set the preset colors using the same API as in the standard Storybook Controls.

Although is not necessary, to use the global variables, we recommend using the exported decorator withGlobals.


// .storybook/preview.js

import { withGlobals } from "@luigiminardim/storybook-addon-globals-controls";

export const globalTypes = {
  uncontrolled: {
    name: "Uncontrolled",
    description: "Should not have any controls.",
  boolean: {
    name: "Boolean",
    description: "Boolean Description",
    defaultValue: true,
    control: { type: "boolean" },
  number: {
    name: "Number",
    description: "Number Description",
    defaultValue: 8,
    control: { type: "number", min: 6, max: 10, step: 2 },

export const parameters = {
  globalsControls: {
    presetColors: [
      { color: "#ff4785", title: "Coral" },
      "rgba(0, 159, 183, 1)",

const withDisplayGlobals = withGlobals((Story, globalValues) => (
    {JSON.stringify(globalValues, null, 2)}
    <Story />

export const decorators = [withDisplayGlobals];

panel example

NOTE: The controls only work for parameters marked with the control attribute, as in (control: {type: 'text'}).


Contribute to this addon by forking the main branch and sending pull requests, you can also start an issue in the repo for help or to request new features.