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Best UI libraries and kits for React

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React is one of the most popular front-end frameworks. According to the 2020 developer survey react chosen as the most preferred JavaScript framework.

Due to its popularity, many UI libraries have built custom React components to facilitate easy integration and improve the developer experience.

There are a bunch of react Ui kits and libraries available today. We will have a most useful kit and library to show how you can use them in your next React app. A few of them are popular, some are more obscure, and many of them could help address the unique needs of your next React project.

Shards react

Shared is react UI library created by designrevision. It was built from scratch according to modern development best practices and enables blazing-fast performance.

It’s easy to get use, install via npm:

npm i shards-react
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Now, we can import the components and the required styles:

import { Button } from "shards-react";
import "shards-ui/dist/css/shards.min.css";
export default function ButtonsEx() {
  return (
    <div>
      <Button>Primary</Button>
      <Button theme="info">Info</Button>
    </div>
  );
}
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These commands will display two buttons, each styled with Shards UI. The output of the above code shown like this.

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React Suite

As a name suggest it’s suited all react components. It boasts of a sensible UI design and a friendly development experience and is designed for middle-platform and backend products.

It’s easy to get use, install via npm:

npm i rsuite --save
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React Suite has a massive pool of components. To use one of them, simple restructure it from rsuite.

To use a component from its huge pool of componeonts, we just destructure it from rsuite.

import{Button}from"rsuite"

export default function ButtonsEx() {
  return (
    <div>
      <Button>Primary</Button>
    </div>
  );
}
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The output of the above code shown like this.
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Prime React

Prime React is one of the most extra ordinaries react UI kit. It comes with a huge collection of more than 70 components choose from. The UI Kit is designed by PrimeTek Informatics.

In addition to the wide variety of components, Prime Reactfeature’s custom themes, premium application templates, a11y, and responsive and touch-enabled UI components to deliver an excellent UI experience on any device.

Install via npm

npm i primereact --save
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For icon, you can download the PrimeIcons library.

npm i primeicons --save
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To use a component:

import { Button } from "primereact/button";

export default function ButtonsEx() {
  return (
    <div>
      <Button>Primary</Button>
    </div>
  );
}

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The output of the above code shown like this.
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Grommet

Grommet is a React-based framework that provides accessibility, modularity, responsiveness, and themes in a tidy package.
Grommet helps build responsive and accessible mobile-first projects for the web with an easy-to-use component library.

The library also provides powerful theming tools that enable you to tailor the component library to align with your desired layout, color, and type.

One of the best things about grommet is that you can easily integrate it with existing projects or when starting out with new ones.

To set up Grommet via npm:

npm i grommet
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To use a component such as Button, destructure it from the "grommet" package.

import { Grommet, Button } from "grommet";

export default function ButtonsEx() {
  return (
    <div>
      <Grommet className="App">
        <Button label="Button" />
      </Grommet>
    </div>
  );
}
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The output of the above code shown like this.
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Onsen UI

Onsen is a components library with Mobile-first design in mind. It was written in pure JavaScript and has no big framework dependencies. In other words, it’s not strictly a React-based library, you can potentially use it with any of the major UI frameworks out there.

It’s packed with features that provide the UI experience of native iOS and Android devices.

Onsen’s UI elements and components are natively designed and perfect for developing hybrid apps and web apps. The library enables you to simulate page transitions, animations, ripple effects, popup models — basically, any effect you would find in native Android and iOS devices.

Install it via npm:

npm i onsenui react-onsenui --save
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onsenui contains the Onsen UI core instance. react-onsenui contains the React components.

import { Page, Button } from "react-onsenui";

export default function ButtonsEx() {
  return (
    <Page>
      <Button> Click Me!!</Button>
    </Page>
  );
}

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The output of the above code shown like this.
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Material UI

MaterialUI is a set of components built based on the material design guidelines of Google.

Material UI consists of many accessible and configurable UI widgets.

The components are self-supporting and only inject the styles they need to display, which could lead to performance enhancements in your application.

It provides a simple, light, and user-friendly layout and design to make building beautiful applications a breeze.

To install via npm

npmi@material-ui/core
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import the component you want to use from the @material-ui/core
importButtonfrom"@material-ui/core/Button"

import Button from "@material-ui/core/Button";

export default function ButtonsEx() {
  return (
    <div>
      <Button color="primary">Button</Button>
    </div>
  );
}
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The output of the above code shown like this.
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React Bootstrap

React Bootstrap is a UI kit based on the bootstrap library.It simply replaces the JavaScript in the regular Bootstrap components with React code.Using React bootstrap is often intuitive to use because of the number of available bootstrap themes.

React Bootstrap did well to remove most dependencies from the Bootstrap JavaScript, such as jQuery, and it was built with compatibility and a11y in mind. It also comes with a wide variety of components.

Install React bootstrap via following command:

npm i react-bootstrap
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import individual components:

import Button from "react-bootstrap/Button";

export default function ButtonsEx() {
  return (
    <div>
      <Button>Click Me</Button>
    </div>
  );
}

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The output of the above code shown like this.
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Some are the other UI kit libraries.

Blueprint UI

Blueprint is a React-based UI toolkit for the web. It is optimized for building complex, data-dense web interfaces for desktop applications that run in modern browsers and IE11. It is not a mobile-first UI toolkit.

From the component library, you can pick up bits of code for generating and displaying icons, interacting with dates and times, picking time zones, and more.

Semantic UI React

Semantic UI React is the official React integration for Semantic UI. Semantic UI is a jQuery-based library that adds extra functionality to your pipeline.

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

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