6 best React UI frameworks

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Looking for a great React UI library? Let's take a look at some solid choices that are widely used.

A React UI library will give you a set of reusable components to quickly bootstrap your frontend app with a specific design system.

The UI libraries are developed in any way the author wants, there is no requirement to follow a design system, or even provide styles at all.

Often they come with a design system to consistently follow through all the components and offer a way to customize or theme the existing design to your needs.

So as you may notice, there are different peculiarities in place for each UI library, as they will approach problems in different ways, so it can be great to know many UI libraries and choose the one that is ideal for your use case.

You're not forced to pick a UI library when developing with React, there is nothing wrong with rolling your private solution, although it can be useful due to taking accessibility and other concerns out of your shoulder.

Chakra UI

Chakra UI is a modular, simple UI library for React that will allow you to create all sorts of designs.

Using a library for UI, be it a pure CSS one, or a React UI library has the downside of making your site look similar to others that also use that library, Chakra UI's modular design solves that problem by giving full customization over all parts of the components.

Chakra follows WAI-ARIA so it is a great way to make your website accessible even if your development team is not experienced in that regard.

Community-wise, Chakra UI has Github discussions enabled, a Discord for the community, and even a YouTube channel.

  • Accessibility: following WAI-ARIA
  • Documentation: Great
  • Internalization: Supports different locales
  • RTL support: Yes
  • Community: Github discussions, Discord, YouTube
  • Has a large company behind: No

Github repo

Fluent UI

Fluent UI is a set of components for different libraries, including React.

Being open-sourced by nobody else than Microsoft, Fluent UI is used on a lot of Microsoft products, being accessible, and performant.

For styling, your UI will be similar to Microsoft's design, and to customize you have access to a root class that you can use to style all other classes of the component.

The components have a getClassNames method that can give you all class names that you have to style to customize the components.

For the community, you only have Github discussions enabled.

  • Accessibility: I am not aware if it follows WAI-ARIA. The components are accessible, and on the Github issues you see accessibility issues taken into consideration
  • Documentation: Good
  • Internalization: Supports different locales
  • RTL support: Yes
  • Community: Github discussions
  • Has a large company behind: Yes, Microsoft

Github repo

MUI / Material UI

Material UI rebranded to MUI on its version 5.

The library provides an extensive set of components that you can use in diverse scenarios

The component customization is made using emotion, although you can use any other technique you may wish.

MUI uses material design, a design system made by Google, with unstyled components in progress, and a different design system that goes away from material design.

For the community, there are only Github discussions.

  • Accessibility: following WAI-ARIA
  • Documentation: Great
  • Internalization: Supports different locales
  • RTL support: Yes
  • Community: Github discussions
  • Has a large company behind: No

Github repo

Ant design

Ant design has a set of React components that rolls its design system.

The system is for enterprise-level products and it has remained consistent as the library evolves.

On the customization, you have a global provider (context API) for the configuration of the components, you can change LESS variables and use custom themes.

Ant design has Github discussions enabled.

  • Accessibility: Doesn't seem to follow any accessibility guideline
  • Documentation: Good
  • Internalization: Supports different locales
  • RTL support: Yes
  • Community: Github discussions
  • Has a large company behind: No

Github repo

Adobe Spectrum

Spectrum is a design system made by Adobe.

There is a set of React components available, open-sourced by Adobe that implements the Spectrum design system.

React Aria is provided apart from the React components and is a set of hooks that you can use to achieve accessibility behavior according to WAI-ARIA, supporting over 30 languages and RTL.

  • Accessibility: following WAI-ARIA, using React Aria
  • Documentation: Good
  • Internalization: Supports different locales, a list with over 30 locales available from React Aria
  • RTL support: Yes
  • Community: Github discussions
  • Has a large company behind: Yes, Adobe

Github repo

Carbon

Carbon is a design system built by IBM, with React components available.

The design system is modular and has accessibility as a principle, it has support for different frameworks, so it's not only for React.

You can customize Carbon by setting LESS variables, from colors to spacing.

There is a wide range of components available and even data visualization.

  • Accessibility: WAI-ARIA, and other accessibility requirements on top of that, including IBM's ones
  • Documentation: Okay, although it documents the Carbon Design System, for React the documentation consists of the storybook
  • Internalization: Localization support on individual components
  • RTL support: No
  • Community: Github discussions
  • Has a large company behind: Yes, IBM

Github repo

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