Creating Custom Fields

There are two ways to create custom fields with Tina:

  1. Create a custom component and add it directly to your form definition via the component property
  2. Create a field plugin to allow forms to use this field simply by using its name

1. Custom Component

A field Component is React component that accepts three props:

  • field: The field definition for the current field.
  • input: The data and callbacks necessary to make an input.
  • meta: Metadata about the field in the form. (e.g. dirty, valid)

Checkout the react-final-form docs for a more detailed description of the input and meta props.

2. Creating Field Plugins

A field plugin is a JavaScript object with three properties:

  • name: A string used to identify the component. This is the name that is set in a field definition. This name must be unique; if multiple plugins are registered with the same name, only the last will be used.
  • Component: The component that will used in the form. The exact nature of this component depends on which form builder is being used.
  • validate: An optional function that will be used to validate the field's data.


interface FieldPlugin {
  __type: 'field'
  name: string
  Component: React.FC<any>
  type?: string
    value: any,
    allValues: any,
    meta: any,
    field: Field
  ): string | object | undefined
  parse?: (value: any, name: string, field: Field) => any
  format?: (value: any, name: string, field: Field) => any
  defaultValue?: any

Validate (optional)

The optional validate function can be utilized to configure field validation.


  • value: The field's current value
  • allValues: The current state of the entire form
  • meta: The form metadata for this field
  • field: The field's configuration

Registering the plugin

import { MapPicker, validateMap } from 'cms-field-my-map-picker'

let cms = new CMS()

  name: 'map',
  Component: MapPicker,
  validate: validateMap,


Here is an example of a simple text field plugin. The Component renders the label, the input, and the errors for the field.

import { CMS } from '@tinacms/core'

let cms = new CMS()

  name: 'text',
  Component({ input, meta, field }) {
    return (
        <label htmFor={}>{field.label ||}</label>
        <input type="email" {...input} />
        <div class="field-error">{meta.error}</div>
  validate(email, allValues, meta, field) {
    let isValidEmail = /.*@.*\..*/.test(email)

    if (!isValidEmail) return 'Invalid email address'

Using Tina Styles

If you want to style the custom field to fit in with the rest of the Tina sidebar, you'll need to access Tina theme styles from @tinacms/styles.

If the Tina theme has been customized, the Theme values will be a combination of the customized styles and those set by DefaultTheme. The theme will fallback to all default values if no customization is set.

To utilize these Theme values, helper functions have been created.

Helper Functions

The helpers will only work when using styled-components to style custom fields. If using another CSS-in-JS framework, use the DefaultTheme object directly.

ColorDefault Value
primary(value?: "light" | "medium" | "dark")"medium"
grey(value?: 0 | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9)0
error(value?: "light" | "medium" | "dark")"medium"
FontDefault Value
size(value?: 0 | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6)0
weight(value?: "regular" | "bold")"regular"
radius(size?: "small" | "big")"big"For border-radius
padding(size?: "small" | "big")"big"
shadow(size?: "small" | "big")"big"For box-shadow
timing(length: "medium" | "short" | "long")length req.For transition
 ** Example: Helper functions used
 ** within a styled component that will
 ** render in a custom field

// 1. Import the helpers
import { padding, color, radius, font } from '@tinacms/styles'
import styled from 'styled-components'

// 2. Use the helpers in your styled components
const Label = styled.h3`
  color: ___CSS_0___;
  font-size: ___CSS_1___;
  font-weight: ___CSS_2___;
  border-radius: ___CSS_3___;
  border: 1px solid ___CSS_4___;
  transition: color linear ease ___CSS_5___;
  padding: ___CSS_6___;

Using the Default Theme

You can also access the DefaultTheme directly without using the helpers. This is helpful when you want to utilize Tina Theme styles outside of styled-components or if you just prefer working with the theme values directly, without helpers.

Although it's called DefaultTheme, note that if you pass custom values to the sidebar, DefaultTheme provides the overridden values instead of the true Tina defaults.

 ** Example: Using `DefaultTheme`
 ** directly with a CSS-in-JS,
 ** framework `styled-jsx`

// 1. Import `DefaultTheme`
import { DefaultTheme } from '@tinacms/styles'

//2. Use `DefaultTheme` values in your styles
;<style jsx>{`
  label {
    color: ${DefaultTheme.color.primary.medium};

Further Reading