Material Design Lite - Environment Setup


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There are two ways to use Material Design Lite −

  • Local Installation − You can download the material.{primary}-{accent}.min.css and material.min.js files on your local machine and include it in your HTML code.

  • CDN Based Version − You can include the material.{primary}-{accent}.min.css and material.min.js files into your HTML code directly from the Content Delivery Network (CDN).

Local Installation

Follow these steps for the installation of MDL −

  • Go to https://www.getmdl.io/started/index.html to download the latest version available.

  • Then, put the downloaded material.min.js file in a directory of your website, e.g. /js and material.min.css in /css.

Example

Now you can include the css and js file in your HTML file as follows −

Live Demo
<html>
   <head>
      <title>The Material Design Lite Example</title>
      <meta name = "viewport" content = "width = device-width, initial-scale = 1">
      <link rel = "stylesheet" href = "material.min.css">
      <script src = "material.min.js"></script>
      <link rel = "stylesheet" href = "https://fonts.googleapis.com/icon?family=Material+Icons">
   </head>
   
   <body>
      <div class = "mdl-layout mdl-js-layout mdl-layout--fixed-drawer">
         <div class = "mdl-layout__drawer">
            <span class = "mdl-layout-title">Material Design</span>
            <nav class = "mdl-navigation">
               <a class = "mdl-navigation__link" href = "">Home</a>
               <a class = "mdl-navigation__link" href = "">Features</a>
               <a class = "mdl-navigation__link" href = "">About Us</a>
               <a class = "mdl-navigation__link" href = "">Log Out</a>
            </nav>
         </div>
         
         <main class = "mdl-layout__content">
            <div class = "page-content" style = "padding-left:100px;">Hello World!</div>
         </main>
      </div>
   
   </body>
</html>

The above program will generate the following result −

CDN Based Version

You can include the js and css files into your HTML code directly from the Content Delivery Network (CDN). storage.googleapis.com provides content for the latest version.

We are using storage.googleapis.com CDN version of the library throughout this tutorial.

Example

Now, let us rewrite the above example using material.css and material.js from the Google CDN.

Live Demo
<html>
   <head>
      <title>The Material Design Lite Example</title>
      <meta name = "viewport" content = "width = device-width, initial-scale = 1">
      <link rel = "stylesheet" href = "https://storage.googleapis.com/code.getmdl.io/1.0.6/material.indigo-pink.min.css">
      <script src = "https://storage.googleapis.com/code.getmdl.io/1.0.6/material.min.js"></script>
      <link rel = "stylesheet" href = "https://fonts.googleapis.com/icon?family=Material+Icons">
   </head>
   
   <body>
      <div class = "mdl-layout mdl-js-layout mdl-layout--fixed-drawer">
         <div class = "mdl-layout__drawer">
            <span class = "mdl-layout-title">Material Design</span>
            <nav class = "mdl-navigation">
               <a class = "mdl-navigation__link" href = "">Home</a>
               <a class = "mdl-navigation__link" href = "">Features</a>
               <a class = "mdl-navigation__link" href = "">About Us</a>
               <a class = "mdl-navigation__link" href = "">Log Out</a>
            </nav>
         </div>
         
         <main class = "mdl-layout__content">
            <div class = "page-content" style = "padding-left:100px;">Hello World!</div>
         </main>
      </div>
   
   </body>
</html>

The above program will generate the following result −



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