11 React Component Libraries You Should Know In 2018

November 23, 2017 0 Comments

11 React Component Libraries You Should Know In 2018



The popularity of React seems to be ever growing.

Although still behind Angular in the sheer numbers of usage, React is leading in popularity in Stack overflow’s 2017 most loved libraries and frameworks:

React is rising in popularity in 2017

React’s virtual DOM, the ability to declaratively describe a user interface and model the state of that interface, and low barriers to entry for a decent Javascript developer, all make React a great go-to library for building UI’s.

Another great reason for working with React is its components. Components let you split the UI into independent, reusable pieces, and think about each piece in isolation. To help kickstart your work with React components, here are 11 great React component libraries you should consider for your next app.

Many of these libraries can also be combined with Bit, which enables you to isolate and manage components in any SCM repository, share them to a Scope to make components individually available to discover and install, and keep them synced between different repositories and projects.

React Material-UI is a set of React components that implements Google’s Material Design. With over 30k stars on GitHub, it is probably the most popular React component library. The library’s v1 is coming up.

React-Bootstrap is a reusbale React component library with the look-and-feel of Twitter’s popular Bootstrap. At over 11k stars, its simplicity receives wide popularity in the community.

React Toolbox is a set of React components that implements Google Material Design specification. It’s built on top of some the trendiest proposals like CSS Modules (written in SASS), Webpack and ES6. The library’s website provides a live component playground.

React Belle is a set of React components optimized to work both on mobile & desktop devices. The styles are highly customizable so you can configure the base styles of all the components as well as modify each one of them individually. Here is also a nice example.

React Grommet provides a rich selection of components grouped by usage classifications, and all components are accessible, cross-browser compatible and support theme customization.

Khan Academy’s React components are released as a component library, with inline CSS and comments. Individual components can also be installed from this Bit Scope created by adding Bit the library.

Material Components Web is developed by a core team of engineers and UX designers at Google, and its components enable a reliable development workflow to build beautiful and functional web projects. It has replaced react-mdl (which is now deprecated), already reaching nearly 7k stars.

Following the Ant Design specification, React Ant Design is a React UI library that contains a set of components and demos. It’s written in TypeScript with complete defined types, and provides an NPM+ webpack + dva front-end development workflow.

Semantic UI React is the official Semantic-UI-React integration. With nearly 5k stars and used by Netflix and Amazon, these components provide an interesting and flexible arsenal.

Onsen UI React Components made available with Onsen UI React bindings and provide hybrid mobile apps with React and Onsen UI Framework. With 81 contributors and over 5.6k stars it’s an interesting library to consider.

At nearly 8k stars, React Virtualized provides React components for efficiently rendering large lists and tabular data.

Individual components can be found in the popular awesome-react and awesome-react-components projects. Different components can also be grouped into a Scope on the Bit community hub to install and sync components between different repos and projects.

When working with React component libraries, you can also use Bit to share any component library as individual components and cherry-pick the ones you need to use without adding the entire library to your project. Here is how.

As it seems, in 2018 the popularity of React will continue to rise and its components will grow to become the modular building blocks of more of the apps we use every day.

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