Webix provides several skins that you can use to change the overall look of your application:

  1. Material (default skin)
  2. Mini
  3. Flat
  4. Compact
  5. Contrast

Each skin requires including its specific CSS file.

All CSS files for skins reside in the codebase/skins folder of the package.

Using Skins

In order to apply the selected skin correctly, you should take two steps:

1. Include the .css file of the necessary skin into the document's head:

<link href="../codebase/skins/flat.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css">

2. Choose either of the two ways given below:

  • the simplest and recommended way is to initialize the app within the webix.ready() function:
  • or you can also define a global webix_skin variable before including webix.js into the app:
webix_skin = "flat";
</script> <script src="../codebase/webix.js" type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8"></script>


To apply the Material skin, include the default CSS file:

Applying the "Material" skin to the app

<script src="../codebase/webix.js"></script>   
<link href="../codebase/skins/webix.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css">

You can read a more detailed article about usage of the Material skin.


To apply the Mini skin, include the mini.css file:

Applying the "Mini" skin to the app

<script src="../codebase/webix.js"></script>   
<link href="../codebase/skins/mini.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css">


To apply the Flat skin, include the flat.css CSS file:

Applying the 'Flat' skin to the app

<script src="../codebase/webix.js"></script>   
<link href="../codebase/skins/flat.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css">


To apply the Compact skin, include the compact.css file:

Applying the 'Compact' skin to the app

<script src="../codebase/webix.js"></script>   
<link href="../codebase/skins/compact.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css">


To apply the Contrast skin, include the contrast.css file:

Applying the 'Contrast' skin to the app

<script src="../codebase/webix.js"></script>   
<link href="../codebase/contrast.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css">

Using Icons

Default font icon packs

Webix provides two predefined sets of icons depending on the used skin:

1. Webix Awesome Icons for Flat, Compact and Contrast skins - based on Font Awesome 5 collection

2. Webix Material Icons for Material and Mini skins - based on Material Design Icons collection

Check the related sample to see the list of available default icons:

Related sample:  Icons Cheatsheet

The default Webix icons can be set in two ways:

  • via the view config as icon:"wxi-name"
// using a default icon
    icon:"wxi-pencil"  }
  • via HTML as span class="webix_icon wxi-name"
<span class='webix_icon wxi-pencil'></span>

Learn more about icons usage with widgets.

Custom font icon packs

It is possible to include any custom font icon pack for any skin. For this, you need to:

  • include the desired font icon pack into HTML page;
  • set the full name of the icon you want to use:
// using a Font Awesome icon
{ view:"icon", icon:"fas fa-envelope"}
// using a Material Design icon
{ view:"icon", icon:"mdi mdi-email"}

For example, you can use:

Skin Builder Tool

The Webix library provides a handy tool Skin Builder that allows you to choose some of default skins for your interface and apply your designer skills to create a custom skin.

Customizing Skins

There is a possibility to adjust the sizes of UI elements globally by changing skin JS settings.

The default settings for each skin are stored in the{skin_name} object and include a number of options, which you can freely redefine. For instance, the default "flat" skin comes with the following options: = {
    //bar in accordion
    barHeight:44,           //!!!Set the same in skin.less!!!
    tabbarHeight: 42,
    sidebarTitleHeight: 44,
    listItemHeight:36,      //list, grouplist, dataview, etc.
    inputHeight: 38,
    buttonHeight: 38,
    inputPadding: 3,
    menuHeight: 36,
    labelTopHeight: 22,
    propertyItemHeight: 28,
    inputSpacing: 4,
    borderWidth: 1,
    sliderHandleWidth: 14,
    sliderPadding: 10,
    sliderBorder: 1,
    //margin - distance between cells
        space:10, wide:10, clean:0, head:4, 
        line:-1, toolbar:4, form:8, accordion: 2  
    //padding - distance inside cell between cell border and cell content
        space:10, wide:0, clean:0, head:0, 
        line:0, toolbar:2, form:17, accordion: 0  
    //space between tabs in tabbar
    tabMargin: 0,
    tabOffset: 0,
    tabBottomOffset: 0,
    tabbarWithBorder: true,
    customCheckbox: true,
    customRadio: true,
    sidebarMarkAll: true,
    noPoint: true,
    borderlessPopup: true,
    popupPadding: 0,
    calendar:{ timepickerHeight:24 },
    calendarHeight: 70,
    accordionType: "accordion",
    optionHeight: 32,
    organogramLineColor: "#CCD7E6"

You can also make changes in the currently used skin by accessing its settings via the $active keyword. The example below shows how you can change the height of all inputs in your application:$active.inputHeight = 50;
    { view:"text", label:"Text"},
    { view:"combo", label:"Combo" },
    { view:"datepicker", label:"Date" },
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