The Storybook for the gitlab-org/gitlab project is available on our GitLab Pages site.

Storybook in local development

Storybook dependencies and configuration are located under the storybook/ directory.

To build and launch Storybook locally, in the root directory of the gitlab project:

  1. Install Storybook dependencies:

    yarn storybook:install
  2. Build the Storybook site:

    yarn storybook:start

Adding components to Storybook

Stories can be added for any Vue component in the gitlab repository.

To add a story:

  1. Create a new .stories.js file in the same directory as the Vue component. The filename should have the same prefix as the Vue component.

    ├─ components/
    │  ├─ sidebar
    │  |  ├─ todo_toggle
    │  |  |  ├─ todo_button.vue
    │  │  |  ├─ todo_button.stories.js
  2. Write the story as per the official Storybook instructions

    Specify the title field of the story as the component’s file path from the javascripts/ directory, without the /components part. For example, if the component is located at app/assets/javascripts/vue_shared/components/sidebar/todo_toggle/todo_button.vue, specify the story title as vue_shared/sidebar/todo_toggle/todo_button. If the component is located in the ee/ directory, make sure to prefix the story’s title with ee/ as well. This will ensure the Storybook navigation maps closely to our internal directory structure.

Using GitLab REST and GraphQL APIs

You can write stories for components that use either the GitLab REST or GraphQL APIs.

Set up API access token and GitLab instance URL

To add a story with API access:

  1. Create a personal access token in your GitLab instance.

    If you test against, make sure to use a token with read_api if possible and to make the token short-lived.
  2. Create an .env file in the storybook directory. Use the storybook/.env.template file as a starting point.

  3. Set the API_ACCESS_TOKEN variable to the access token that you created.

  4. Set the GITLAB_URL variable to the GitLab instance’s domain URL, for example: http://gdk.test:3000.

  5. Start or restart your storybook.

You can also use the GitLab API Access panel in the Storybook UI to set the GitLab instance URL and access token.

Set up API access in your stories

You should apply the withGitLabAPIAccess decorator to the stories that will consume GitLab APIs. This decorator will display a badge indicating that the story won’t work without providing the API access parameters:

import { withGitLabAPIAccess } from 'storybook_addons/gitlab_api_access';
import Api from '~/api';
import { ContentEditor } from './index';

export default {
  component: ContentEditor,
  title: 'ce/content_editor/content_editor',
  decorators: [withGitLabAPIAccess],


The Storybook sets up ~/lib/utils/axios_utils in storybook/config/preview.js. Components that use the REST API should work out of the box as long as you provide a valid GitLab instance URL and access token.

Using GraphQL

To write a story for a component that uses the GraphQL API, use the createVueApollo method provided in the Story context.

import Vue from 'vue';
import VueApollo from 'vue-apollo';
import { withGitLabAPIAccess } from 'storybook_addons/gitlab_api_access';
import WorkspacesList from './list.vue';


const Template = (_, { argTypes, createVueApollo }) => {
  return {
    components: { WorkspacesList },
    apolloProvider: createVueApollo(),
    provide: {
      emptyStateSvgPath: '',
    props: Object.keys(argTypes),
    template: '<workspaces-list />',

export default {
  component: WorkspacesList,
  title: 'ee/remote_development/workspaces_list',
  decorators: [withGitLabAPIAccess],

export const Default = Template.bind({});

Default.args = {};