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20 Best Libraries and Tools for React Developers

Top 20 React Libraries and Tools to Look Out for in 2023


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Thomas Sentre

12 days ago | 4 min read

There are many ways to speed up your development time when building a web application using React. For example, you can use a library or dependency to make your development faster. However, it’s not always easy to find the right library or tools. So you will probably be tempted to try a lot of different options out like searching for packages in the central NPM registry. Still, just because there are multiple libraries doesn’t mean they are all equal.

In this post, we will explore the 20 Best React Libraries and tools that I think are worth looking into.

React Libraries and Tools to look forward

Here are the 20 best Libraries and tools that we will cover in this post:

  • Redux
  • Jest
  • React-router
  • Reselect
  • MUI
  • Clsx
  • Yup
  • Formik
  • Axios
  • Husky
  • Cross-env
  • ESLint
  • Prettier
  • Sanitize.css
  • Stylelint
  • Cypress
  • I18next
  • React-helmet
  • Moment

Redux

When React applications start growing and becoming more complex, managing communication between components can become problematic. When using regular React, the way to communicate is to pass down values and callback functions as props to the child components. However, this can be tedious if there are a lot of intermediary components that the callback must pass through. To address these state communication and management-related issues as the React application grows, Frontend Developers turn to use React with the Redux library. Redux utilizes some architecture patterns that enforce changing states in a React application from a central location. It is really useful when you want to solve common programming problems, develop and manage your application more quickly.

Jest

Jest is a JavaScript testing framework designed to ensure the correctness of any JavaScript codebase. It allows you to write tests with an approachable, familiar, and feature-rich API that gives you results quickly. It is well-documented, requires little configuration, and can be extended to match your requirements. You can use it as a test runner for your React App.

React-router

React Router is a lightweight, specific, fully-featured routing library for handling and managing routes within a React app. It enables the navigation among views of various components in a React Application, allows changing the browser URL, and keeps the UI in sync with the URL.

Reselect

Reselect is a library for creating memoized “selector” functions. Commonly used with Redux, to slice state and provide just the necessary subtree to a React component.

MUI

MUI formerly called Material UI is a React component library developed by Google in 2014 that offers accessible, robust, production-ready, customizable, and reusable code components for faster web development. It uses grid-based layouts, animations, transitions, padding, and many more. It also specifies a large set of standard icons.

Clsx

Clsx is a small utility for constructing className strings conditionally. Also serves as a faster & smaller drop-in replacement for the classnames module.

Formik

Formik is the world’s most popular open-source form library for React. It comes with battle-tested solutions for input validation, formatting, masking, arrays, and error handling. This means you spend less time writing form code and more time building the next big thing of your application.

Axios

Axios is a library that allows you to make HTTP requests to external resources. It provides a simple to use library in a small package with a very extensible interface.

Husky

Husky is a great tool to add to your React application. It essentially prevents you from committing or pushing bad commits or code with errors; it also adds protection alongside TypeScript’s typing. Husky supports all Git hooks.

Cross-env

Cross-env runs scripts that set and use environment variables across various platforms.

ESLint

ESLint is a JavaScript and TypeScript linting tool, which means it analyses source code and identifies possible programming problems and errors. It underlines errors in red and warnings in yellow. It is very useful to cover coding style issues.

Prettier

Prettier is an opinionated code formatter, it enforces a consistent style by parsing your code and re-printing it with its own rules that take the maximum line length into account, wrapping code when necessary. It is very useful to keep your code readable and make sure that the code format stays consistent when working in a team.

Sanitanize.css


Sanitize.css is a CSS library that provides consistent, cross-browser default styling of HTML elements alongside useful defaults. It is developed alongside normalize.css, which means every normalization is included, and every normalization and opinion are marked and documented.

Stylelint

Stylelint helps prevent errors and ensures style conventions.

Cypress

Cypress enables you to write all types of tests: End-to-end tests.

I18next

i18next is a very popular internationalization framework for browsers or any other javascript environment.

Yup

Yup is a JavaScript schema builder for value parsing and validation. It defines a schema, transforms a value to match, validates the shape of an existing value, or both. Yup schema is extremely expressive and allows modeling complex, interdependent validations, or value transformations.

React-helmet

This reusable React component will manage all of your changes to the document head. Helmet takes plain HTML tags and outputs plain HTML tags. It’s dead simple, and react beginner-friendly.

Moment

Moment is a JavaScript date library for parsing, validating, manipulating, and formatting dates. It allows displaying of date as per localization and in a human-readable format.

Summary

There are many libraries and tools available that can help developers to work more efficiently and effectively with React. The 20 libraries and tools listed in this article are some of the best options available and can help developers to improve the performance, functionality, and overall user experience of their React applications.

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