Most popular React Component UI Libraries (2021)

Last updated on May 31, 2021 Guest Contributor Loading... One comment

It is 2021 now and React.js is the world’s most popular Javascript web frontend framework.

With the rapid growth of React and its community of users, there is a growing range of support libraries, especially the UI Component libraries. These libraries save us a lot of time and effort when building beautiful, modern React apps. They provide many out of the box components such as icon sets, buttons, date time picker, form input, calendar, menu, pagination, card, and many more.

This article will cover the most popular React UI libraries nowadays, based on the numbers of stars they received from GitHub users.

Ant Design

Overview:

  • GitHub stars: 72k+
  • GitHub repo: https://github.com/ant-design/ant-design
  • Official website: https://ant.design/
  • License: MIT

Ant Design is a set of high-quality React components out of the box for building web applications. It is written entirely in Typescript to make coding easier and more convenient, while minimizing errors.

Ant Design supports modern browsers and Internet Explorer 11. It also supports sever-side rendering so can be used with Next.js.

Material UI

MaterialUI is a set of components built based on the material design guidelines of Google. The components are self-supporting and only inject the styles they need to display, which could lead to performance enhancements in your application.

Although the number of stars on Github is slightly less than Ant Design, the number of downloads for Material-UI on npmjs is much higher.

Material-UI buttons

React Bootstrap

As one of the oldest React libraries, React Bootstrap has ben updated and grown alongside React. Each of its components is implemented with accessibility in mind. The result is a set of accessible-by-default components, over what is possible from plain Bootstrap.

React Bootstrap progress bar example

Blueprint

Blueprint is a React-based UI toolkit for the web, optimized for building complex data-dense interfaces for desktop applications.

Blueprint is easy to use. You can add it to your React project by running:

yarn add @blueprintjs/core

And use its components like this:

import { Button } from "@blueprintjs/core";
 
<Button intent="success" text="button content" onClick={incrementCounter} />

Semantic UI React

Semantic UI React It comes with a huge list of prebuilt components designed specifically to make sense of and produce Semantic-friendly code.

Semantic UI React provides a way to compose React components through the as prop. It allows composing component features and props without adding extra nested components:

<>
  {/* 🔨  Each Semantic UI React component has a default value for `as` prop */}
  {/* Will output: <button class='ui button' /> */}
  <Button />
  {/* Uses another tag: <a class='ui button' /> */}
  <Button as='a' />
</>

Evergreen

Evergreen provides a set of enterprise-grade polished React components that work out of the box. These components are built on top of a React UI Primitive for endless composability.

You can install Evergreen by running:

yarn add evergreen-ui

Then use its components like so:

import { SearchInput } from evergreen-ui; 

<SearchInput placeholder="Filter traits..." height={40} />

Conclusion

This article went through top 6 React UI libraries in the year of 2021. Whatever library you choose, stick to it and only use it for one project. If you’d like to learn more about React and React Native, check our React topic page and React Native topic page for more tutorials and examples.

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R Davis
R Davis
6 months ago

Ant has nowhere near 66k stars nor is it anywhere near ‘popular’.

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