PrimeReact is an advanced UI component library for React. Let's see how it stacks up against the pack; Material-UI, Ant, Chakra-UI and ReactBootstrap, well known React UI libraries.
As a disclaimer, author of this article is PrimeTek, the company that created PrimeReact. In case you have feedback, please just add a comment and we'll update the necessary parts.
PrimeReact is a member of the Prime UI component suites featuring PrimeFaces, PrimeNG and PrimeVue. All of these libraries are open source and free to use under MIT License. PrimeTek has been developing UI Component libraries since 2005 which are used in the whole world by millions of developers Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, corporations, institutions and freelancer projects.
Take a look at NPM Stats of PrimeTek to learn more about the adoption and popularity. At the time of writing it has reached 40 million downloads. As a side note, PrimeFaces is published to Maven Central and not included in the list.
Here is a an overview of features that are usually considered when choosing a UI library.
|Fluent UI Theme||✅|
Being design agnostic is what sets PrimeReact apart from the pack. Material-UI is based on material design, Ant and Chakra have their own style and ReactBootstrap is depends on Bootstrap. PrimeReact does not enforce a specific design and provides themes for Material Design, Bootstrap, FluentUI and numerous custom designs as well as the ability to implement your own style guides.
Imagine that in a project you need to switch from Material to Bootstrap or a custom theme, with PrimeReact you don't need to rewrite your application with a new library, you just change the theme.css and it will take 5 seconds. The possibilities are endless, you'll be able to package the same app to different clients with different themes with their own look and feel.
PrimeReact components are implemented based on the WCAG guidelines and follow the best practices outlined here.
- Utilize semantic HTML where suitable.
- Use ARIA roles and attributes to describe an element.
- Implement keyboard navigation and screen reader support.
- Use colors to support the suggested contrast ratios.
PrimeReact PRO is the official support service. With PrimeReact PRO, it's easy to support, tune and add features to PrimeReact as if it were an in-house framework.
PrimeReact offers numerous create-react-app templates. Visit PrimeReact Showcase official website to view the PrimeReact templates.
React ecosystem is blessed with great UI component libraries. The friendly competition is beneficial to the React community who is the actual winner of this comparison because no matter what you choose, it won't be a wrong decision.