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30 React Components For Web Developers 2017

30 React Components for Web Developers 2017

It’s very rare to see a library take off the way React.js has taken off in just a few years time. The library has literally accelerated at the pace of lightspeed when it comes to new releases, features, and developments; see here for the latest major release. Sure, some will argue that there isn’t a need for “frameworks”, but React is much more than just a framework, or should we say “much less than”. Why? Because React is a library that helps to build reactive components, and doesn’t necessarily act as a framework, but will happily work on top of any existing framework that you are using, be it Meteor or Angular.

The state of affairs with React is looking quite good right now, the community is buzzing over new possibilities, and generally everyone is busy building, rather than complaining. The library obviously works, and has a lot of tremendous potential, what it needs right now is more experienced engineers and developers to take a good look at it, and try and build something that will surely stand out from the crowd. There’s plenty of developers who love to “rant” about React, but those who don’t are busy with making some sort of a difference in the world, if that concept even exists anymore.

What we do know is that React is heavily based on components, and components can be re-used! This is amazing, because now it means that anyone can create something cool with React, and share it with the rest of the developer community. And that’s exactly what has been happening, especially in the recent year or so. To celebrate these amazing achievements, we felt it was time to put together our own React components resource that is going to consist of usable, versatile, and functional React components that you can integrate in your existing applications, websites, or other software that you are looking to launch in the near future. We tried to be as unique as possible, and included as many variations as possible, but since errors do happen — please join us in helping to create this the best React components roundup out there, and share with us your own favorite components that you can’t imagine yourself living without, thanks!

React Material Components

React Material Components

You won’t find a more rapidly evolving design standard than Material from Google. It’s a highly fast paced design framework that brings about a refined understanding of what the future of design is going to look like. Slowly, each day, new startups are embracing this design standard and modifying their platforms to reflect these highly valuable design elements. If you’ve been using React for a while and feel like you’re getting tired of old design methods, try these material components that will surely spice your workflow up more than a single notch. The library is being actively worked on, but has production ready system built for it already.

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Material-UI

Material-UI

And just in case you didn’t seem to find the functionality that you seek in the first component, here’s the Material-UI library that fully integrates Google’s Material design into your React components workflows. The owners of the library are being liberal about the use of this framework and components, and encourage that you read up on the material design’s documentaton before you jump naked into these muddy waters. The understanding of both React’s and Material designs roles in the web development area is essential to make it work for you.

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React Desktop | React UI Components for OS X El Capitan and Windows 10

React Desktop

Want to bring that sweet action of React to desktop? Well now you can, and although the library is labeled as a BETA project, it would be helpful if more developers spent their precious time thinking and adjusting the library to best suit both Windows 10 and Mac OS X platforms. Needless to outline that the most promising feature of them all is that you can use JavaScript to muster up your own projects that desktop computers could benefit from. Will be interesting to watch the development of this space too, it’s nice to see that technology is evolving beyond the basic software restricted programming languages, and instead we’re learning to bring the web to your desktop as well.

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React photo viewer for mobile

React photo viewer

Photo’s are the quintessential elements of web, and require thorough procedures to achieve stellar results. React Photo Viewer component allows you to in-build a high-quality photo viewing component within the mobile apps and platforms that you’re learning to structure. The developer stresses the React users that this is a good example of how the web is moving into a more solid direction of development, and the codebase can give some valuable insights into the current growth process of web development as well.

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Griddle – React Grid Component

Griddle

Griddle is the feature of grid-optimized data tables that function on high-performance and seamless interaction between the browser. When we first explored Griddle, it seemed just like any other grid-table project out there, but upon closer inspection and understanding, it seems that Griddle outperforms pretty much any other grid table library out there, and really delivers on the high-quality components that React is known to be bringing into the workflow of web developers. Try to play with the demo and see for yourself how smooth the interactions are when browsing data, and adjusting search parameters, great stuff all around.

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React Absolute Grid

React Absolute Grid

Grids can also be often confused with what their functionality is. A grid is a particular piece of element within the web page that has its own styling and browser values, and with the use of external libraries we can make these components and elements much more flexible, in particular we can implement libraries like the Absolute Grid and gain full control over our grid of elements that we’re presenting to the user. The component you’re looking at here can easily be configured for the use in a website/platform that’s about sharing content and organizing based on database values. Very very versatile library, an example of true development possibilities.

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React Async

React Async

Asynchronous is a term that many have already embraced, yet so many have to fully embrace it yet. With Asynchronous development we can rapidly accelerate the performance of our apps, software, and website projects and really utilize everything that modern browsers and technologies have to offer in terms of smooth real-time content delivery. React Async provides another version of renderToString(element) which is asynchronous and fetches all data defined in observable specifications before rendering a passed component tree.

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react-mediaswitch

mediaswitch

With MediaSwitch you can select any custom DOM to deliver to the user based on the media query settings that you’re using. This means a more complete content delivery for mobile devices, with the ability to select through the objects that are essential to the platform’s output.

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React Gravatar

Gravatar

If you haven’t heard of Gravatar, you must have come online only in the recent 2 days, hah! Gravatar is the default user avatar platform that’s integrated into WordPress platform, and now you can bring all those amazing avatars to your more advanced projects through using the React Gravatar component library. With this one, the component will render the Gravatar avatar the the user is using based on the input of their email address. Really helps to have these libraries handy in order to push for that globalization aspect of fetching user data for them, instead of having them to do it manually.

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React Render for Standard Markdown

React Render

Markdown is a largely used typing standard for web communities, and general projects that involve the use of producing written content on the web. It’s the intellectual and minimal developers alternative to using WYSIWYG editors for managing content. Fairly easy to implement.

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React-spinner

spinner

Want to tell your users that the page they’re trying to access is still loading? Perhaps you want to add a spinner to your applications to make the page jumping process more interactive? Save yourself a bit of time from having to code your own spinner and just implement this easy to use component. It requires literally no configuration whatsoever.

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React Stripe Checkout Component

Stripe

Stripe continues to impress everyone; customers, designers, developers, and the technology community at large. A startup that has really redefined the way big startups work and how startups can make a difference in the world, even if they don’t have resources the size of Google’s market cap. Stripe’s checkout is being used by millions of platforms, delivering billions of requests on daily basis. If you’ve been planning to use Stripe with your React project, grab the React Stripe Checkout component to load Stripe’s Checkout library directly as a React component. This will be a far more smooth transition for using Stripe in your apps.

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React-Crouton

Crouton

A messaging component for React.js — React Crouton. Don’t get confused if you think this is an instant messaging component, it’s not. This is more of a messaging component that aims to provide a highlighting option in the form of a navigation highlight menu. With the component you can create messages that will appear to the user at the top of the page, based on their requested form submission. We can already foresee email marketers going crazy over this smooth and pitch-perfect library.

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Convert React.js components into Web Components

Convert React

Wish to use React components as native web components? Well now you can, thanks to the highly acclaimed Reactive Elements library.

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SVG loader component for ReactJS

SVG loader component for ReactJS

SVGs are without question rising in popularity, as we transition into an era of web development where performance is being highly rewarded with more focus and attention, the React InlineSVG library will help you load your SVG files directly through React.js, giving you access to edit and style them without having to transition between the same document.

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react-google-analytics

analytics

Analytics help us understand our website/app growth in a more linear way. Many would argue that public analytics platforms are dangerous and such, but who can put their hands up and say that they haven’t relied on Google Analytics in more than one occasion. Google Analytics helps hundreds of millions of webmasters to analyze their website statistics, and in turn deliver better content and design to their users. Now you can build your own projects or the projects of your clients by integrating this lightweight React.js Component for Google Analytics integration. Easier to use than writing a Hello World in Typescript.

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react-scroll-components

react-scroll-components

Scrolling is a huge topic in web development. There’s a lot that can be done in reaction to scrolling patterns, most commonly you’ll find scrolling components used in tandem with promotions and on-scroll effects. That’s what React Scroll Components is built for, to react to different scrolling patterns and deliver content based on your own configuration settings. Lovely listeners in-built and ready to save you a plethora of development time.

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React Infinite Scroll

React Infinite Scroll

Infinite scroll is still seen with shady looks all over the place, it hurts to see so many journalistic platforms that implement the infinite scrolling function on top of existing single-page content pieces, and have the user drag their bottoms across the page to try and find the comments section because elements keep overlapping and jumping to different parts of the content. But if you’re looking for a single point solution to add infinite scrolling to a React project… here you have a library that’s all built and ready for that task.

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React tabs component

React tabs component

A React tabs component that you’ll be able to implement in any sort of situation where tabbed content would be required. It will be interesting to watch the way that React becomes useful for platforms such as knowledge bases, which are known for notoriously using tabbed content to present data more conveniently. Very reliable library right here that adds the tabbing interaction for your content in just a matter of seconds.

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React Draggable

Draggable

If the first few draggable components that we talked about didn’t appeal to you, and you’re looking for something more raw and unique, then give React Draggable a go, this is as native as it can get. Expose your content through draggable functionality and create something that will put the user in charge of how content appears to him. At the moment, the demo doesn’t show fixed dragging capabilities, but with a little bit of React magic you should reach that functionality rather quickly.

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Colorpicker for React

Colorpicker

Color pickers have been a game changing feature that have helped designers and developers accumulatively save millions of hours of work that would otherwise be used to match colors manually, now a React component is available that you can implement as a standalone solution, or use it in your projects that require users to select colors or change colors based on custom input. Superfast component thanks to React’s reactivity.

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React Weather

Weather

There can never be too many great weather applications. Weather is the thing we take for granted, but so many of us rely on apps and platforms to tell us about the weather to expect, and with that sort of detail in kind, you have the React Weather component storming through the front-rows of some of the most unique weather apps created. Very unique demo as well, we think that with a few modifications here and there.. this could be a contender for hitting big sale on the mobile app stores. The design is truly tremendous and beautiful.

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star rating component built with React

star rating component built with React

Star ratings aren’t used just by SEO wannabes who think that a little bit of star rating is going to increase their click through rates, perhaps in some strange world they live in, but typically star ratings are more suitable within the direct context of an application. Sites like TripAdvisor rely on the star ratings function to really provide tailored and curated results for those who’re seeking reliable reviews and such. If such an app is part of your development workflow, you’ll need to grab this component for adding star ratings to your React projects.

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Google reCAPTCHA for React.js

reCAPTCHA

Spammers think they’re getting smarter, but Google’s reCAPTCHA has really withstood the challenges of modern captcha systems, and bots that try to break this system. reCAPTCHA is still one of the only reliable alternatives to protecting your submission form data from spammers who constantly bombard your forms with junk data. Remember that you’ll need to create a reCAPTCHA account and grab the API keys to fully utilize the potential of this component.

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React Video

React Video

Want a more fluid video media presentation library? Try React. Reactive video delivery is really the future of delivering video media files through mobile devices, we’re already deep into the future with the help of eliminating Flash and using HTML5, but performance wise.. there’s always more to tinker with, more to optimize and understand. React Video will help to seamlessly implement and integrate both YouTube and Vimeo video files directly into your apps.

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emoji mixin for React

emoji

Emoji’s hit the world in a big way, these days there are programming languages being built on top of Emoji language, but more than anything.. Emoji’s are a cool way to express our emotions, so giving this to our customers can be really crucial in adding a more personalized aspect to the apps you’re building. React Emoji is a lightweight library for adding Emoji mixin support to anything that you’re building with React.

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UI components for Elasticsearch

Elasticsearch

Searchkit is a collection of UI components for the popular Elasticsearch. Now you can transform your search experience and make it truly modern, truly revolutionary as some would say. If building movie sites is your thing, Searchkit will take care of all the difficult algorithm features that a concise search function would require, and give you the kind of a search platform that will keep users coming back day after day.. sometimes, the most important feature of any project is the Search function, because that’s how your users are interacting with your content.

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Alex Ivanovs

Alex is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience in design, development, and small business. His work has been featured in publications like Entrepreneur, Huffington Post, TheNextWeb, and others.

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