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36 most popular JavaScript repositories on GitHub in January 2020

iriskatastic profile image Iren Korkishko Updated on ・7 min read

It’s been a while since my last JS digest, but now I eventually got some time to make up my mind and to create a chart with JS projects I’ve been monitoring for some time.

Most popular JS repositories in January 2020

  1. puppeteer is a well-known Node library that provides a high-level API to control Chrome or Chromium over the DevTools Protocol. Puppeteer runs headless by default but can be configured to run full (non-headless) Chrome or Chromium. 58,405 stars by now.
  2. Deno (you might hear about it earlier) is a secure runtime for JavaScript and TypeScript. The question is will Deno become the next big thing after Node.js? 43,979 stars by now.
  3. Meteor is an ultra-simple environment for building modern web applications. 41,547 stars by now.
  4. Mocha is a simple, flexible, fun javascript test framework for node.js & the browser. 18,960 stars by now.
  5. AVA is a test runner for Node.js with a concise API, detailed error output, embrace of new language features and process isolation that lets you write tests more effectively. 17,510 stars by now.
  6. popper-core is a tooltip and popover positioning engine that automatically puts the tooltip in the right place near the button. 14,074 stars by now.
  7. Rough.js is a 9kB graphics library for drawing in a sketchy, hand-drawn-like, style. The library defines primitives to draw lines, curves, arcs, polygons, circles, and ellipses. It also supports drawing SVG paths. 12,797 stars by now.
  8. Proton Native is a React environment for cross-platform desktop apps. 9,845 stars by now.
  9. UUID helps you to Generate RFC-compliant UUIDs in JavaScript. 8,595 stars by now.
  10. Spectacle is a ReactJS-based Presentation Library. 8,234 stars by now.
  11. Cube.js is an open-source modular framework to build analytical web applications. It is primarily used to build internal business intelligence tools or to add customer-facing analytics to an existing application. 7,242 stars by now.
  12. pnpm is a fast, disk space-efficient package manager. 7,159 stars by now.
  13. Snowpack is used to build web applications with less tooling and 10x faster iteration. No bundler required. 6,179 stars by now.
  14. React Cosmos is a dev environment for building scalable, high-quality user interfaces. 5,918 stars by now.
  15. Harp is a static web server that also serves Jade, Markdown, EJS, Less, Stylus, Sass, and CoffeeScript as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript without any configuration. It supports layout/partial paradigm and it has flexible metadata and global objects for traversing the file system and injecting custom data into templates. Optionally, Harp can also compile your project down to static assets for hosting behind any valid HTTP server. 4,853 stars by now.
  16. vue-interactive-paycard is a credit card form with smooth micro-interactions. Includes number formatting, validation, and automatic card type detection. Built with Vue.js and also fully responsive. 4,372 stars by now.
  17. OctoLinker is a browser extension for GitHub, that turns language-specific statements like include require or import into links. 4,160 stars by now.
  18. react-adaptive-hooks deliver experiences best suited to a user’s device and network constraints. 3,867 stars by now.
  19. vue-select — everything you wish the HTML <select> element could do, wrapped up into a lightweight, zero dependency, extensible Vue component. 3,179 stars by now.
  20. Size Limit is a performance budget tool for JavaScript. It checks every commit on CI, calculates the real cost of your JS for end-users and throws an error if the cost exceeds the limit. 3,026 stars by now.
  21. Vue Meta is a Vue.js plugin that allows you to manage your app’s metadata. It is inspired by and works similarly to react-helmet for ReactJS. However, instead of setting your data as props passed to a proprietary component, you simply export it as part of your component's data using the metaInfo property. 2,999 stars by now.
  22. Fitty scales up (or down) text so it fits perfectly to its parent container. 2,857 stars by now.
  23. Grant is an OAuth Middleware for Express, Koa and Hapi. 2,588 stars by now.
  24. Redux Toolkit is the official, opinionated, batteries-included toolset for efficient Redux development. 2,485 stars by now.
  25. craft.js is a React framework for building extensible drag and drop page editors. 2,190 stars by now.
  26. open is used to Open stuff like URLs, files, executables. Cross-platform. 1,855 stars by now.
  27. string-similarity finds a degree of similarity between two strings, based on Dice’s Coefficient, which is mostly better than Levenshtein distance. 1,800 stars by now.
  28. Mirage JS is a client-side server to develop, test and prototype your JavaScript app. 1,749 stars by now.
  29. Kea is a data layer for React. Powered by Redux. 1,521 stars by now.
  30. Postgres.js is a full-featured PostgreSQL client for Node.js. 1,483 stars by now.
  31. scalajs-react lifts Facebook’s React library into Scala.js and endeavors to make it as type-safe and Scala-friendly as possible. Provides (opt-in) support for pure functional programming. 1,294 stars by now.
  32. Craco stands for “Create React App Configuration Override” and is an easy and comprehensible configuration layer for create-react-app. 1,269 stars by now.
  33. node-youtube-dl is a youtube-dl driver for node. 1,255 stars by now.
  34. PreVue is a Prototyping Tool For Vue Developers. 1,202 stars by now.
  35. pretty-quick runs Prettier on your changed files. 1,200 stars by now
  36. React Rainbow is a collection of components that will reliably help you build your application in a snap. 1,135 stars by now.

Some of them you might already use in your projects, but some others are pretty new and promising. Whenever you give them a try, please let me know your opinion. Much thanks!

And thank you for reading. I will try to make the next digest earlier!

Discussion (2)

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George Nance

Ooo Rough.js looks interesting. Thanks for the list!

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Edwin Klesman

Nice listing, thanks!

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