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Although Taipy GUI comes with a set of visual elements that lets users create comprehensive user interfaces, there are situations where applications may need to provide a very specific kind of element with capabilities that one cannot find in Taipy GUI out-of-the-box.

Adding custom visual elements

Taipy GUI lets developers create and use custom visual elements to address specific use cases or integrate third-party Web components. One can expand the functionality offered by the base Taipy GUI package to create custom components that can be effortlessly used in pages and shared with the community.

Custom visual elements are grouped into Element Libraries, where each element is identified by its name. An element name must be unique in the context of its library.
Each library also as a name. To insert a custom visual element in a page, you will use the full name of the element:

  • <library_name>.<element_name> in a Markdown page
  • <library_name>:<element_name> in an HTML page

Element Libraries and Custom Elements

An Element Library holds the information necessary to refer to and instantiate custom visual elements. Element libraries can hold several visual element descriptors, and can be packaged into a standalone Python package that a Taipy GUI application can import or that can be deployed.

Here are important things you need to know about element libraries:

You can create an element library by simply instantiating the ElementLibrary, and override the methods that are required. The two mandatory methods to override are get_name() and get_elements():

from taipy.gui.extension import ElementLibrary

class MyCustomLibrary(ElementLibrary):
    def get_name(self) -> str:
        return "library_name"

    def get_elements(self) -> dict:
        return ({
          "element1_name": Element(...),
          "element2_name": Element(...),

Other methods can be overridden if necessary, which will be discussed later in the manual.

Declaring Elements

As we have seen, custom visual element descriptors are associated with the name of the element as it appears in pages, in the get_elements() method.

The Element constructor needs a description of all the properties that this element holds, as well as how this element is rendered.

           "<property_1_name>": ElementProperty(<property_1_type>, ...),
           "<property_2_name>": ElementProperty(<property_2_type>, ...),

An element property descriptor (handled by the ElementProperty class) must indicate its type (one of the PropertyType values) and potentially a default value.

All elements must indicate what is its default property name. That is used in Markdown page as the first fragment of the <|...|> construct, or the value located in the text part of an element tag in HTML pages.

Of course default_property_name must be one of the keys of the properties dictionary provided to the Element constructor.

Rendering Elements

The Taipy GUI Extension package provides two different ways to implement the rendering of the element and its interactions. Both approaches deliver HTML fragments that are inserted in the page when it is requested.

  • Static elements.
    A static visual element is one that cannot interact with the underlying application. It can be used just like any other element in a page, but its properties are not bound to the application variable: if the variable value is modified, it does not modify the representation of the element on the page.
    Static elements are implemented by creating a string that holds the XHTML text (that is, HTML that respects the XML syntax, where all tags must be closed) that is inserted in the page displayed by the browser.
    Please go to the Static Elements Example page for a complete description of how to implement your own static custom elements.

  • Dynamic elements.
    Dynamic elements provide the binding functionality of Taipy GUI: if a property value depends on an application variable (and if the property type is dynamic) then the page automatically updates when the variable value changes.
    In Taipy GUI, dynamic visual element are implemented using the React JavaScript library, and the TypeScript programming language (that builds on JavaScript).


In order to create and use custom visual elements, you need to install:

  • Taipy GUI 2.0 or higher (included in Taipy and Taipy Enterprise).
  • Python 3.8 or higher.
  • NodeJS (and NPM) if you plan to create dynamic custom visual elements.

A basic knowledge of React (that we use with TypeScript) is welcome.


A full example of a custom dynamic visual element is provided with the entire source code and build process in the doc/extension directory under the root directory of the Taipy GUI installation. You can also take a look at this example directly on GitHub.

Here are examples of custom element libraries that you can build with the complete explanation of what part of the Extension API is used.

Each example addresses specific areas of the extension API. You should be able to make you way from one example to the next.