11 React Native Component Libraries You Should Know in 2018

August 13, 2018 0 Comments

11 React Native Component Libraries You Should Know in 2018



With the growing popularity of React and the rise of native mobile app development (and PWA), it’s not surprising that React-Native is getting more adoption in the community every day.

Much like React itself, React Native encourages you to build your UI using isolated components. Component libraries and UI toolkits help you save time and build your applications faster, using a pre-made set of components.

After reviewing useful React and Vue components libraries, and on popular demand, here is a list of useful (maintained!) React-Native UI libraries to get you started. Feel free to comment and add your own suggestions!

You might also find these useful, but some are unmaintained so use with care.

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At over 7k stars, Vuetifyjs provides a UI layout according to the material design specs. The V 1.0 Alpha release provides over 80 reusbale components with an easy-to-remember semantic design based on type-as-you speak properties that have simple and clear names.

A Vue component library implementing Google’s material design to the pixel. At 5k stars, it provides components that fit all modern Web Browsers with built-in dynamic themes and a clear goal to make its API as simple as possible.

Although inspired by the Material UI specs, Keen-UI isn’t really a Material UI library. Standing at 3k stars, it isn’t a CSS framework and doesn’t include a grid system or typography styles, but only components that require Javascript.

At 21k stars (!) this widely popular Vue 2.0 toolkit for the web provides a rich selection of customizable components. Although the documentation might be simpler for Chinese speakers, this library has a living eco-system and presents a strong choice for your next Vue UI library.

Buefy provides components built with Vue.js and Bulma. At nearly 2k stars, it provides lightweight components that are responsive out-of-the-box. Although component selection is somewhat limited, it kind of makes you want to give it a go.

At 3k stars bootstrap-vue enables you to build mobile-first, responsive UIs with Vue.js and Bootstrap 4. Available for Vue.js 2.4+, it comes with an automated WAI-ARIA accessibility markup.

Build specially for desktop applications, AT-UI provides an npm + webpack + babel front-end development workflow. While the documentation (again) might be challenging for english speakers, it provides a decent selection of clean and neat UI components.

Fish-UI is a toolkit for the web that works with webpack and ES2015. With little to no documentation, this library surprises with a rich selection of over 35 components with a nice structure for a clean and basic interface.

At over 4k stars, this popular framework includes dozens of Vue.js components built with Vue and a uniquely rich selection of functionalities for responsive web apps and hybrid mobile Apps. Components are written as Web Components, so they embed HTML, CSS and Javascript code that you can use by just including an HTML tag in your Page and Layout templates.

At 5k stars Muse-UI is a Material Design UI library for Vue.js 2.0. Although you will probably need to speak Chinese here is as well, these tight components are strong in the race for those we seek a Vue.js Material Design.

At 10k stars, Vux is a widely popular component library for mobile apps inspired by WeChat’s weUI. Embrace for impact: the docs are in Chinese, but offers an English version. Every component can be interactively presented through the docs with a live “mobile” mocking demo.

Individual components can be found in the popular awesome-vue project, under components and libraries. You can also add Bit to any Git repository to track and isolate components within it. Then, these components can be easily shared and any team member can install them with NPM/Yarn just like any other NPM package.

Wether you choose a library or design your own components, it seems that in 2018 Vue.js is a strong competitor for your next application, providing an easy to pick-up, lightweight and yet versatile framework.

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