Storybook 7 is our first major release in over 2 years. A lot has changed during that time, so this is a big one. This guide is meant to help you upgrade from Storybook 6.x to 7.0 successfully!
The rest of this guide will help you upgrade successfully, either automatically or manually. But first, we’ve accumulated a lot of breaking changes in Storybook 7. Here are the most impactful changes you should know about before you go further:
frameworkfield is now mandatory
- Webpack4 support discontinued
- IE11 support discontinued
- Minimum supported version of node is 16
- Babel mode v7 exclusively
- Start and build CLI binaries removed
- Some community addons might not work yet
If any of these changes apply to your project, please read through the linked migration notes before continuing.
If any of these new requirements or changes are blockers for your project, we recommend to continue using Storybook 6.x.
You may wish to read the full migration notes before migrating. Or you can follow the instructions below and we’ll try to take care of everything for you!
To upgrade your Storybook:
- Determine that none of the breaking changes apply to your project
- If they do, you will receive instructions on how to resolve them before continuing
- Upgrade your Storybook dependencies to the latest version
- Run a collection of automigrations, which will:
- Check for common upgrade tasks
- Explain the necessary changes with links to more information
- Ask for approval, then perform the task on your behalf
To add Storybook to a project that isn’t currently using Storybook:
- Figure out which renderer (React, Vue, Angular, Web Components), builder (Webpack, Vite), or meta-framework (Next.js, SvelteKit) you’re using
- Install Storybook 7 and auto-configure it to mirror project settings
In addition to the automated upgrades above, there are manual migrations that might be required to get Storybook 7 working in your project. We’ve tried to minimize this list to make it easier to upgrade. These include:
- Upgrade MDX1 to MDX2
storiesOfsupport discontinued by default
Storybook 7 uses MDX2 by default for rendering docs. The upgrade from MDX1 to MDX2 is not fully automated due to the large number of changes between versions. Fortunately, we have some tips to help make it a lot easier.
If your project contains MDX files, run the following command before starting up Storybook:
This will go through every MDX file in the current working directory, and show you which files have errors:
The CLI only shows the first error per file, so you might need to run the checker iteratively. One way to streamline this process if you use VS Code is to:
- Install the MDX VS Code extension
- Enable experimental IntelliSense support for MDX files in your user settings:
This shows the errors visually in your editor, which speeds things up a lot. Here's what it looks like to fix multiple errors in a file using the extension:
If, for some reason, you are unable to get MDX2 working, we’ve implemented legacy MDX1 support as a last resort. MDX1 is deprecated and opt-in, and we recommend against it unless you really need it.
To use MDX1:
@storybook/mdx1-csfas a dev dependency
- Add the
legacyMdx1feature flag to your
If you use Storybook’s legacy
storiesOf API, it is no longer supported by default in Storybook 7.
If you can’t upgrade to CSF, or want to get your project working with Storybook 7 before putting in the time to upgrade, you can opt out of on-demand story loading. This legacy mode has a variety of performance implications, but is a convenient stop-gap solution.
To opt out, add the
storyStoreV7 feature flag in
For more information on this change, see the migration notes.
The automatic upgrade should get your Storybook into a working state. If you encounter an error running Storybook after upgrading, here’s what to do:
- If you’re running
devcommand, try using the
buildcommand instead. Sometimes
builderrors are more legible than
- Check the full migration notes, which contains an exhaustive list of noteworthy changes in Storybook 7. Many of these are already handled by automigrations when you upgrade, but not all are. It’s also possible that you’re experiencing a corner case that we’re not aware of.
- Search Storybook issues on GitHub. If you’re seeing a problem, there’s a good chance other people are too. If so, upvote the issue, try out any workarounds described in the comments, and comment back if you have useful info to contribute.
- If there’s no existing issue, you can file one, ideally with a reproduction attached. We’ll be on top of Storybook 7 issues as we’re stabilizing the release.
If you prefer to debug yourself, here are a few useful things you can do to help narrow down the problem:
- Try removing all addons that are not in the
@storybooknpm namespace. Community addons that work well with 6.x might not yet be compatible with 7.0, and this is the fastest way to isolate that possibility. If you find an addon that needs to be upgraded to work with Storybook 7, please post an issue on the addon’s repository, or better yet, a pull request to upgrade it!
- Another debugging technique is to bisect to older prerelease versions of Storybook to figure out which release broke your Storybook. For example, assuming that the current prerelease of Storybook is
7.0.0-beta.56, you could set the version to
package.jsonand reinstall to verify that it still works (alpha.0 should be nearly identical to
6.5.x). If it works, you could then try
7.0.0-beta.28and so forth. Once you’ve isolated the bad release, read through its CHANGELOG entry and perhaps there’s a change that jumps out as the culprit. If you find the problem, please submit an issue or pull request to the Storybook monorepo and we’ll do our best to take care of it quickly.
In addition to the automigrations and manual migrations above, there are also optional migrations that you should consider. These are features that we’ve deprecated in Storybook 7 (but remain backwards compatible), or best practices that should help you be more productive in the future.
- Upgrade to Component Story Format v3 (CSF3), the latest iteration of our example format
- Upgrade from the legacy storiesOf API to Component Story Format
- Upgrade from
.stories.mdxfiles to pure MDX and Component Story Format
- Upgrade from Storybook 6 recipe “CSF stories with arbitrary MDX”
We published a detailed post about CSF3 including all of its benefits and migration steps.
If you want to just skip to the migration, we provide a codemod for your convenience which should automatically make the code changes for you (make sure to update the glob to fit your files):
Storybook 7's architecture focuses on performance and needs statically analyzable code. For that reason, it does not work with
storiesOf. We provide a codemod which, in most cases, should automatically make the code changes for you (make sure to update the glob to fit your files):
If you are using
storiesOf for its ability to create stories dynamically, you can build your own "storiesOf" implementation by leveraging the new (experimental) indexer API. A proof of concept (with a deeper explanation of the implementation) can be seen in this StackBlitz demo.
Storybook 7 provides a cleaner docs that defines manual documentation in pure MDX and stories in CSF, rather than the previous
*.stories.mdx hybrid approach, which is now deprecated. You can automatically convert your files using the following codemod (make sure to update the glob to fit your files):
You’ll also need to update your
stories glob in
.storybook/main.js to include the newly created
.stories.js files if it doesn’t already.
NOTE: this migration supports the Storybook 6 “CSF stories with MDX docs” recipe.
Storybook 6 had a second recipe, “CSF stories with arbitrary MDX”. This recipe is still supported in Storybook 7, but the new recommendation is cleaner & more future proof. Upgrade manually using the following example:
Your MDX files should be updated to reference the CSF story export, which is safer and cleaner than referencing the string ID:
You should also remove the MDX imports from your story files:
Finally, you’ll need to add the MDX files to
.storybook/main.js so that they are indexed: