Material Design

Importing the JS component

Most components ship with Component / Foundation classes which are used to provide a full-fidelity Material Design component. Depending on what technology you use in your stack, there are several ways to import the JavaScript.

ES Modules

import {MDCFoo, MDCFooFoundation} from '@material/foo';

Note that MDC Web’s packages point main to pre-compiled UMD modules under dist to maximize compatibility. Build toolchains often assume that dependencies under node_modules are already ES5, and thus skip transpiling them.

However, if you want to take advantage of tree-shaking and dependency sharing within MDC Web’s code to reduce the size of your built assets, you will want to explicitly reference the package’s index.js:

import {MDCFoo, MDCFooFoundation} from '@material/foo/index';

Certain build tools will detect the module property in package.json, which points to an ES Module otherwise only containing ES5 syntax. If you’re using Webpack or Rollup, you do not need to reference /index directly, and can continue to use the shorter @material/foo import path syntax.

Note that in this case, you must ensure your build toolchain is configured to process MDC Web’s modules as well as your own.

See the Getting Started guide for more details on setting up an environment.


If you are using TypeScript, MDC Web’s packages also include .d.ts files for your consumption. Most of the time you shouldn’t need to explicitly reference these, as the TypeScript compiler should automatically find them via the types property found in package.json. There is a bundled .d.ts file found under the dist directory that maps to the respective UMD module. There are corresponding .d.ts files for each foundation/component/adapter/etc. within the package.

NOTE: We intentionally omit .ts source files in our packages because the .d.ts files and transpiled .js (in UMD or ES Module format) are universally accepted.


const mdcFoo = require('mdc-foo');
const MDCFoo = mdcFoo.MDCFoo;
const MDCFooFoundation = mdcFoo.MDCFooFoundation;


require(['path/to/mdc-foo'], mdcFoo => {
  const MDCFoo = mdcFoo.MDCFoo;
  const MDCFooFoundation = mdcFoo.MDCFooFoundation;


const MDCFoo =;
const MDCFooFoundation =;

Instantiating Components via CSS Selector Queries

Many of the examples across the MDC Web documentation demonstrate how to create a component instance for a single element in a page:

const foo = new MDCFoo(document.querySelector('.mdc-foo'));

This assumes there is one element of interest on the entire page, because document.querySelector always returns at most one element (the first match it finds).

To instantiate components for multiple elements at once, use querySelectorAll:

const foos = []'.mdc-foo'), function(el) {
  return new MDCFoo(el);