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If you’re new to React have a look at one of our previous posts for the introduction – The Difference Between React.js, React Native and React VR.
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Top 10 React libraries you should know
#1 Create React App
Create React App is a command line interface created by Facebook developers that enables you to easily create a React.js project. It builds structures of catalogs and files, includes tools needed at the start and helps you build, test and launch your application.
It’s an absolute must-have for every React project as it saves you plenty of time otherwise spent on overwhelming manual setup and configuration of your app. You just need to run one simple command and Create React App does that all for you.
Find Create React App on Github.
#2 Material UI
Material UI is a set of components created by Google, that implements their famous Material Design. With over 36k stars on Github, it’s the most popular UI package of all React libraries. It’s simple, eye-catching, light and user-friendly. It’s already been around for a couple of years, but thanks to constant updates, it hasn’t lost its popularity.
Find Material UI on Github.
#3 Styled Components
Styled Components is a CSS tool that helps you organize your React project (TIP: it works with React Native too). This library helps you build small, reusable components responsible for the look of your app. With traditional CSS you may face the problem of accidentally overwriting selectors used in other places of the site, but thanks to Style Components you can avoid this issue by using a CSS syntax directly inside your components.
Find Styled Components on Github.
This state management solution was created to make it impossible to build a messy state and thus create a bug-packed app. While other libraries focus on restricting developers from modifying the state, MobX makes sure that everything can be easily and automatically extracted.
Find MobX on Github.
Find Enzyme on Github.
Find Redux on Github.
#7 React Virtualized
React Virtualized library helps you improve the efficiency of the large list and tabular data rendering. It helps to restrict the number of requests and DOM elements and enhances the overall performance of React apps. There are many tools similar to React Virtualized, which makes it better than the competition is the number of functionalities and very good maintenance.
Find React Virtualized on Github.
#8 Redux Form
Redux Form is a set of reducer and action creators that makes it easier to implement customized complex forms. It was especially designed to work with Redux (no surprise there). It’s a relatively simple and well-performing solution when compared to other similar tools. You still write forms and components by yourself so it does not take the flexibility away.
Find Redux Form on Github.
#9 React DnD
React DnD is a library used to build complex drag and drop interfaces. There are plenty of great drag and drop libraries, but React DnD is unlike most of them as it’s built on top of the modern HTML5 drag and drop API. However, it has one major downside – it doesn’t support touchscreens.
Find React DnD on Github.
#10 React Intl
Every language has different rules and conventions. Adapting those differences in international projects isn’t easy and that’s why React Intl was built. This open-source child of Yahoo was designed to make internationalization as easy and straightforward as possible. It includes ready-to-go components and an API to format strings, dates, numbers and handle pluralization.
Find React Intl on Github.
Found your favorite React library?
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