Declarative string builder for DOM className properties
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Classcat is a declarative string builder for DOM className properties.

Each class can be conditionally added and removed depending on the falsiness of the value it is paired with. Here is a button you can toggle on and off. Go ahead and try it online.

import cc from "classcat"

export const ToggleButton = ({ isOn }) => (
  <div class="btn">
        circle: true,
        off: !isOn,
        on: isOn
    <span class={cc({ textOff: !isOn })}>{isOn ? "ON" : "OFF"}</span>


  • Tiny (294B)
  • Zero dependency
  • 5x faster drop-in replacement for JedWatson/classNames
  • Framework agnostic—use with React, Preact, Hyperapp, your choice!


npm i classcat

Don't want to set up a build environment? Download classcat from a CDN and it will be globally available through the window.classcat object. Classcat works in all browsers >= IE9.

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Classcat expects an array of elements or an object of key/value pairs and joins all the elements in the array and object keys. Falsy array elements and object properties will be ignored. Single string or number values need not be in an array.

import cc from "classcat"

cc("foo") //=> "foo"

cc({ foo: true, bar: false }) //=> "foo"

cc([{ foo: true, bar: false }, "baz"]) //=> "foo baz"

cc([null, { foo: true, bar: false }, "baz", 0, undefined]) //=> "foo baz"

Arrays will be recursively flattened as per the rules above.

cc(["foo", ["bar", { baz: true, bam: false }]]) //=> "foo bar baz"

Variable number of arguments are not supported. Wrap multiple arguments in an array.

cc("foo", "bar", "baz") //=> "foo"

Use to set the class/className of an element created with your chosen view framework.

const popupView = popup => (
      popup: true,
      "popup-important": popup.isImportant,
      "popup-seen": popup.isSeen




A number, string, object or array. Objects consist of className/value pairs. Arrays are recursively reduced, therefore elements can be of any type aforementioned. Truthy values are added to the output, falsy values are ignored.

cc(["foo", "bar", { baz: true, bam: false }, undefined]) //=> "foo bar baz"

Benchmark Results

All benchmarks run on a 2.4GHz Intel Core i7 CPU with 16 GB memory.

npm run build && npm i -C bench && npm -C bench start
# Strings
classnames × 3,187,131 ops/sec
classcat × 15,132,350 ops/sec

# Objects
classnames × 3,314,869 ops/sec
classcat × 20,206,909 ops/sec

# Strings & Objects
classnames × 2,937,509 ops/sec
classcat × 11,734,207 ops/sec

# Arrays
classnames × 903,155 ops/sec
classcat × 4,270,378 ops/sec

# Arrays & Objects
classnames × 2,342,018 ops/sec
classcat × 5,083,398 ops/sec


Classcat is MIT licensed. See LICENSE.