Overriding CSS

Overriding CSS

In the demo below, we create additional CSS rules to make the editor text and hovered slash menu items blue:

import "@blocknote/core/fonts/inter.css";
import { BlockNoteView, useCreateBlockNote } from "@blocknote/react";
import "@blocknote/react/style.css";
import "./styles.css";
export default function App() {
  // Creates a new editor instance.
  const editor = useCreateBlockNote({
    initialContent: [
        type: "paragraph",
        content: "Welcome to this demo!",
        type: "paragraph",
        content: "You'll see that the text is now blue",
        type: "paragraph",
          "Press the '/' key - the hovered Slash Menu items are also blue",
        type: "paragraph",
  // Renders the editor instance using a React component.
  // Adds `data-theming-css-demo` to restrict styles to only this demo.
  return <BlockNoteView editor={editor} data-theming-css-demo />;

In this page you'll find the main selectors which are useful to create your own CSS rules, including the ones seen in the demo. However, if you want to target a specific DOM element, it's easiest to just inspect the DOM tree using your browser's dev tools.

BlockNote CSS Classes

Within the editor's DOM structure, you'll find many elements have classes with the bn- prefix. BlockNote uses these to apply CSS styles to the editor, which you can override with your own. Here are some of the most useful BlockNote classes that you can use for your CSS rules:

.bn-container: Container element for the editor, as well as all menus and toolbars.

.bn-editor: Element for only the editor.

.bn-block: Element for a block, including nested blocks.

.bn-block-group: Container element for nested blocks.

.bn-block-content: Element for a block's content.

.bn-inline-content: Element for only the block's editable, rich text content.

.bn-toolbar: Element for the formatting & link toolbars.

.bn-side-menu: Element for the side menu.

.bn-drag-handle-menu: Element for the drag handle menu.

.bn-slash-menu: Element for the slash menu.

BlockNote CSS Attributes

In addition to classes, BlockNote also uses the following attributes to target a specific block type & props:

[data-content-type="blockType"]: Element for a block's content, but only for blocks of type blockType.

[data-propName="propValue"]: Element for a block's content, but only for blocks with the propName prop with value propValue.

For example, [data-content-type="heading"][data-level="2"] will select all heading blocks with heading level 2.

Mantine Classes

Because BlockNote uses Mantine (opens in a new tab) for its UI, you can also write CSS rules using any of the default Mantine component classes.