Almost 70% of Stack Overflow users say that React is their best loved tool and that they want to work with it on their future projects. But React doesn’t go it alone. It is followed by React UI component libraries. It is a challenge to pick the best tool. But why? And how do you solve this challenge? Let’s find out.
The huge React community works hard to deliver the best React products. More than 1,250 contributors devote their effort to fulfilling this task. But, at the same time, it complicates the choice for the beginners. What are the best React component libraries? Which one fits this or that particular project in the best way? These and many other questions bother those who are entering the IT industry, those who switch to React from another JS framework, or those who are simply starting to work on a new project. And here we are with the right answers!
Top 10 React libraries you should know
1 Create React App
Create React App is a command line interface created by Facebook developers that enables you to easily create a React.js project. It builds structures of catalogs and files, includes tools needed at the start and helps you build, test and launch your application.
It’s an absolute must-have for every React project as it saves you plenty of time otherwise spent on overwhelming manual setup and configuration of your app. You just need to run one simple command and Create React App does that all for you.
Find Create React App on Github.
2 Material UI
Material UI is a set of components created by Google, that implements their famous Material Design. With over 36k stars on Github, it’s the most popular UI package of all React libraries. It’s simple, eye-catching, light and user-friendly. It’s already been around for a couple of years, but thanks to constant updates, it hasn’t lost its popularity.
Find Material UI on Github.
3 Styled Components
Styled Components is a CSS tool that helps you organize your React project (TIP: it works with React Native too). This library helps you build small, reusable components responsible for the look of your app. With traditional CSS you may face the problem of accidentally overwriting selectors used in other places of the site, but thanks to Style Components you can avoid this issue by using a CSS syntax directly inside your components.
Find Styled Components on Github.
4. Ant Design React
Popular React components following the Ant design guidelines and specifications, written in typescript and supporting a rich workflow.
A React-based UI toolkit for the web with over 9K stars and 100 contributors. Components are written in TS and styled with Sass for rapid development.
This library provides simple React bootstrap 4 components. With over 4k stars and nearly 100 contributors it’s a widely popular option for bootstrap fans.
7. React Toolbox
React Toolbox is a set of React components that implements Google Material Design. It’s built on top of some the trendiest proposals like CSS Modules (written in SASS), Webpack and ES6. At nearly 8K starts it’s very popular.
8. React Desktop
A UI component library which aims to bring a native desktop experience to the web, featuring many macOS Sierra and Windows 10 components.
9. Semantic UI React
10. Onsen UI React
More than 100 components are specially made for Material and Flat design bringing together the Onsen UI framework and React to build hybrid apps.
React UI component library & design system, built with styled-components and styled-system. With nearly 4k stars it’s a great choice for Styled-components fans.