Create Your Own Renderer


Creating a custom renderer with a beautiful interface can be done in one of two ways.

  • First create a Listr renderer class.
import { ListrRenderer, ListrTaskObject } from 'listr2'

export class MyAmazingRenderer implements ListrRenderer {
  // Designate this renderer as tty or nonTTY
  public static nonTTY = true
  // designate your renderer options that will be showed inside the `ListrOptions` as rendererOptions
  public static rendererOptions: never
  // designate your custom internal task-based options that will show as `options` in the task itself
  public static rendererTaskOptions: never

  // get tasks to be rendered and options of the renderer from the parent
  constructor(public tasks: ListrTaskObject<any, typeof MyAmazingRenderer>[], public options: typeof MyAmazingRenderer['rendererOptions']) {}

  // implement custom logic for render functionality
  render(): void {}

  // implement custom logic for end functionality
  end(err): void {}

Utilizing the Task functions themselves

Take a look at default renderer since it is implemented this way.

/** Unique id per task, randomly generated in the uuid v4 format */
id: string
/** Title of the task */
title?: string
/** Output data from the task. */
output?: string
/** The current state of the task. */
state: string
 * A channel for messages.
 * This requires a separate channel for messages like error, skip or runtime messages to further utilize in the renderers.
message: {
  /** Run time of the task, if it has been successfully resolved. */
  duration?: number
  /** Error message of the task, if it has been failed. */
  error?: string
  /** Skip message of the task, if it has been skipped. */
  skip?: string
  /** Rollback message of the task, if the rollback finishes */
  rollback?: string
/** A hook to refresh render if desired. */
renderHook$: Subject<void>
/** Returns whether this task has subtasks. */
hasSubtasks: () => boolean
/** Returns whether this task is in progress. */
isPending: () => boolean
/** Returns whether this task is skipped. */
isSkipped: () => boolean
/** Returns whether this task has been completed. */
isCompleted: () => boolean
/** Returns whether this task has an active rollback task going on. */
isRollingBack: () => boolean
/** Returns whether the rollback action was successful. */
hasRolledBack: () => boolean
/** Returns whether enabled function resolves to true. */
isEnabled: () => boolean
/** Returns whether this task has a prompt inside. */
isPrompt: () => boolean
/** Returns whether this task has been failed. */
hasFailed: () => boolean
/** Returns whether this task actually has a title. */
hasTitle: () => boolean

Observables, where event will have a type and data to push channel through the pipe

Take a look at verbose renderer since it is implemented this way.

/** Type of listr internal events. Not using enum for easy of use in custom JavaScript renderers. */
export type ListrEventTypes = 'TITLE' | 'STATE' | 'ENABLED' | 'SUBTASK' | 'DATA' | 'MESSAGE'

/** The internal communication event. */
export type ListrEvent =
  | {
      type: Exclude<ListrEventTypes, 'MESSAGE'>
      data?: string | boolean
  | {
      type: 'MESSAGE'
      data: ListrTaskObject<any, any>['message']
tasks?.forEach((task) => {
    task.subscribe((event: ListrEvent) => {

Using Render Hooks v2.1.0+

Additional to rendering through task.subscribe or with a given interval, a renderer can also render on demand via a observable passed through the renderer.

Render hook can be the third optional variable of a given renderer, while using it is always optional.

constructor (
    public tasks: ListrTaskObject<any, typeof DefaultRenderer>[],
    public options: typeof DefaultRenderer['rendererOptions'],
    public renderHook$?: ListrTaskObject<any, any>['renderHook$']

Render hook is a void subject, which can be used to trigger re-render dynamically when any changes occur in the underneath.

this.renderHook$.subscribe(() => {
  /* DO SOME RENDER MAGIC like render() */

Set Listr to use a Custom Renderer

You can tell Listr to use your custom renderer by setting renderer option in new Listr() to your custom renderer.

import { MyAmazingRenderer } from './myAmazingRenderer'

const tasks: ListrTaskObject<any, typeof MyAmazingRenderer>[] = [
  /* Array of task objects */

new Listr(tasks, { renderer: MyAmazingRenderer })
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