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Tabs API

The API documentation of the Tabs React component. Learn more about the props and the CSS customization points.


import Tabs from '@material-ui/core/Tabs';
// or
import { Tabs } from '@material-ui/core';

You can learn more about the difference by reading our guide.


Name Type Default Description
action func Callback fired when the component mounts. This is useful when you want to trigger an action programmatically. It currently only supports updateIndicator() action.

function(actions: object) => void
actions: This object contains all possible actions that can be triggered programmatically.
centered bool false If true, the tabs will be centered. This property is intended for large views.
children node The content of the component.
classes object Override or extend the styles applied to the component. See CSS API below for more details.
component elementType 'div' The component used for the root node. Either a string to use a DOM element or a component.
indicatorColor 'secondary'
| 'primary'
'secondary' Determines the color of the indicator.
onChange func Callback fired when the value changes.

function(event: object, value: any) => void
event: The event source of the callback
value: We default to the index of the child (number)
orientation 'horizontal'
| 'vertical'
'horizontal' The tabs orientation (layout flow direction).
ScrollButtonComponent elementType TabScrollButton The component used to render the scroll buttons.
scrollButtons 'auto'
| 'desktop'
| 'on'
| 'off'
'auto' Determine behavior of scroll buttons when tabs are set to scroll:
- auto will only present them when not all the items are visible. - desktop will only present them on medium and larger viewports. - on will always present them. - off will never present them.
TabIndicatorProps object {} Props applied to the tab indicator element.
textColor 'secondary'
| 'primary'
| 'inherit'
'inherit' Determines the color of the Tab.
value any The value of the currently selected Tab. If you don't want any selected Tab, you can set this property to false.
variant 'standard'
| 'scrollable'
| 'fullWidth'
'standard' Determines additional display behavior of the tabs:
- scrollable will invoke scrolling properties and allow for horizontally scrolling (or swiping) of the tab bar. -fullWidth will make the tabs grow to use all the available space, which should be used for small views, like on mobile. - standard will render the default state.

The ref is forwarded to the root element.

Any other props supplied will be provided to the root element (native element).


  • Style sheet name: MuiTabs.
  • Style sheet details:
Rule name Global class Description
root MuiTabs-root Styles applied to the root element.
vertical MuiTabs-vertical Styles applied to the root element if orientation="vertical".
flexContainer MuiTabs-flexContainer Styles applied to the flex container element.
flexContainerVertical MuiTabs-flexContainerVertical Styles applied to the flex container element if orientation="vertical".
centered MuiTabs-centered Styles applied to the flex container element if centered={true} & !variant="scrollable".
scroller MuiTabs-scroller Styles applied to the tablist element.
fixed MuiTabs-fixed Styles applied to the tablist element if !variant="scrollable".
scrollable MuiTabs-scrollable Styles applied to the tablist element if variant="scrollable".
scrollButtons MuiTabs-scrollButtons Styles applied to the ScrollButtonComponent component.
scrollButtonsDesktop MuiTabs-scrollButtonsDesktop Styles applied to the ScrollButtonComponent component if scrollButtons="auto" or scrollButtons="desktop"`.
indicator MuiTabs-indicator Styles applied to the TabIndicator component.

You can override the style of the component thanks to one of these customization points:

If that's not sufficient, you can check the implementation of the component for more detail.