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Preline UI - Open Source Tailwind CSS component library

What is TailwindCSS?

A utility-first CSS framework packed with classes like flexpt-4text-center and rotate-90 that can be composed to build any design, directly in your markup.

What is Preline UI?

Preline UI is an open-source set of prebuilt UI components based on the utility-first Tailwind CSS framework.

Why use Preline UI?

Based on the Tailwind CSS utility classes, Preline UI's prebuilt components and UI elements help you quickly design and customize responsive mobile-first websites with diverse predefined components (such as modals, buttons, alerts, cards and more).

Components are grouped by visual usability criteria (components, navigation, forms, etc.) and styled directly on top of Tailwind CSS, making them easy to extend and customize. This is a lifesaver for developers looking to create a unique and eye-catching design system without the hassle of creating each component by hand.

It is a great option for new and existing projects.

... and it’s completely free! 🤯

Features

Let's see the most exciting features with a few examples.

Plugins - We've developed a handful of completely unstyled, fully accessible UI plugins for popular features that for one reason or another don't belong in core. Available plugins (more plugins coming soon):

  • Accordion
  • Collapse
  • Dropdown
  • Mega Menu
  • Modal
  • Offcanvas
  • Remove Element
  • Tabs
  • Popover
  • Tooltip

250+ Components - We have put a lot of thought into designing all of the components to look coherent and work well together in various grid layouts. It’s an extraordinarily rich and complete UI collection for a modern web application. Nevertheless, if some components should look different according to your perspective, you can edit and customize them easily. Learn more

Dark Mode - With modern operating systems all having light and dark mode, to make this as easy as possible, all Preline UI components include a dark variant that lets you style your site differently when dark mode is enabled. Learn more

Dark Mode example

Code snippets - Each component comes with copy to clipboard feature. Just click on the “Copy” button and copy the code to your file. The hard work is done for you and makes the process easier.

Code Snippets example

Documentation

We've done our best to make the documentation as thoughtful and thoroughly organized as possible with easy to navigate through different sections to help you not to struggle that much as you build different sites.

For full documentation of the Preline options, visit preline.com.

License

Preline UI is Open Source project and licensed under MIT for better Web.

Learn more here.

Preline with other Frameworks

Quick Setup

This guide will help you get started with Preline UI, including how to run, customize, update, and integrate your project!

First, you need to make sure that you have a working Tailwind CSS project installed and that you also have Node and NPM installed on your machine.

Require via NPM

  1. Install preline-ui via npm

npm i preline-ui

  1. Include Preline UI as a plugin in the tailwind.config.js file

npm i preline-ui

  1. Include the JavaScript <script> that powers the interactive elements near the end of your <body> tag:

<script src="./docs/assets/vendor/preline-ui/preline-ui.bundle.js"></script>

Upcoming features

We are working hard to provide even more time saving features for both designers and developers, here is a list of upcoming features:

  • Starter Pages & Examples
  • Figma Design System
  • Tailwind Plugins
  • More Components

Please feel free to share in the comments section below what features you would like to see in future updates.

Conclusion

Preline offers a wide range of options for every component, making your life easier by providing you with high quality design solutions. This diversity is very powerful and useful when dealing with complex UIs.

The best thing is, it doesn't limit you! 🔥

We believe that the idea of utility first approach is the way forward. We’re just getting started and the future holds even more exciting features. Let’s build together! 🤘

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Discussion (1)

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Zoltán Szőgyényi • Edited on

This library looks like a fork from Flowbite but with a different appearance and slightly changed code source.

I think it would be nice to at least mention this in the readme and introduction.

I took a look at the package.json file and could even see the authors of Flowbite there and it has been then removed after I have mentioned this on the Product Hunt launch page.

Not replying to this and just deleting that is a red flag in my opinion.

There's also an issue opened regarding this on the repository:

github.com/htmlstreamofficial/prel...

I don't want to discredit the open source work, however, I think that credits have to be given when due, especially that the Flowbite docs is actually licensed under the Creative Commons, not MIT.

It means that you have to mention the original source code before distributing it.

Thanks!