Density is a foundational property of certain Looker Components and it plays a key role in how easy it is for a user to scan and navigate large amounts of content. Adjusting a component’s density changes its overall height and space it takes up in a UI. The higher the density, the smaller the height of the component.

In general Looker Components that support density adjustments start at a medium density (e.g.: 0) and offer the ability to increase (e.g.: '-1, -2. -3) or decrease (e.g.: 1`) density depending on the context and needs of the experience.

A couple key things to keep in mind when using density are:

  • Density should be adjusted at the top most level component and should not be mixed, for example:
    • Adjust density on the List component, not it’s ListItem children.
    • Do not combine a high density and low density MenuItems, in the same Menu
  • High density components will not pass accessibility requirements, so use it judiciously and only where high density improves the experience

Components that support density

Currently only list like components support density, this includes List, Menu, and Tree

1<List density="1" />48px
0<List density="0" />36px
-1<List density="-1" />32px
-2<List density="-2" />28px
-3<List density="-3" />24px


Looker Compnents ships a small collection of density "helpers". The Density component takes a scale value to specify which key of the density scale to apply to children.

  • Also included are a set of helpers for each specific density size: Density1, Density0, DensityNegative1, DensityNegative2, DensityNegative3