The default react-admin layout renders a horizontal app bar at the top, which is rendered by the <AppBar> component.

standard layout

By default, the <AppBar> component displays:

  • a hamburger icon to toggle the sidebar width,
  • the application title,
  • a button to change locales (if the application uses i18n),
  • a loading indicator,
  • a button to display the user menu.

You can customize the App Bar by creating a custom component based on <AppBar>, with different props.


Create a custom app bar based on react-admin’s <AppBar>:

// in src/MyAppBar.js
import { AppBar } from 'react-admin';
import { Typography } from '@mui/material';

const MyAppBar = props => (
    <AppBar {...props} color="primary">

Then, create a custom layout based on react-admin’s <Layout>:

// in src/MyLayout.js
import { Layout } from 'react-admin';

import { MyAppBar } from './MyAppBar';

export const MyLayout = props => <Layout {...props} appBar={MyAppBar} />;

Then pass this custom layout to the <Admin> component:

// in src/App.js
import { MyLayout } from './MyLayout';

const App = () => (
    <Admin layout={MyLayout} dataProvider={...}>
        // ...


Prop Required Type Default Description
children Optional ReactElement - What to display in the central part of the app bar
color Optional string - The background color of the app bar
enableColorOnDark Optional boolean - If true, the color prop is applied in dark mode
position Optional string - The positioning type.
sx Optional SxProps - Style overrides, powered by MUI System
title Optional ReactElement - A React element rendered at left side of the screen
userMenu Optional ReactElement - The content of the dropdown user menu

Additional props are passed to the underlying MUI <AppBar> element.

Adding Buttons

Customizing the User Menu