5 Not-So-Typical React Libraries for an Outstanding Project

5 Not-So-Typical React Libraries for an Outstanding Project


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Hello, fellow web developers! ๐Ÿš€

It's easy to get swamped with the vast sea of React libraries. While the React ecosystem has many UI component libraries (and don't get me wrong, they're great!), sometimes we want to find something different. That's why I gathered these five libraries.

And the best part? You can combine these libraries and build a project out of them. Dive in with me!

Note: For readability purposes, I split each library into three succinct sections: what is it, main functionality, a use-case example, and the link.


What is it?

SlateJS is your tool to craft delightful, rich text editors without a sweat.


Build complex editors with custom formatting, embeds, and more.

Use-case example

Are you starting an online blog platform? With SlateJS, you can give your users an intuitive, customized text editor that makes crafting and editing blog posts more straightforward.

Website: https://www.slatejs.org/examples/richtext

GitHub: https://github.com/ianstormtaylor/slate

Slate JS GitHub page


What is it?

React-PDF is a lifesaver in rendering and styling PDFs right in the browser.


Directly render PDFs in-browser without any backend. But it also allows you to generate PDFs from your backend using Node.js.

Use-case example

Are you creating an e-commerce site? React-PDF can help you generate stylish invoices or reports for each order, all on-the-fly and without a backend service.

Want a visual overview of React-PDF? Check out this overview video I created on Twitter (X ๐Ÿ‘€), where I share daily web dev magic! ๐ŸŽฉ๐Ÿช„

Website: https://react-pdf.org/

GitHub: https://github.com/diegomura/react-pdf


What is it?

React-i18next is the library to add international vibes to your app.


Efficiently localize and cater to different languages. It'll enable you to translate each text making your website available in the wording of your choice.

Use-case example

Are you planning to launch a globally accessible educational platform? With React-i18next, provide lessons in multiple languages and make learning inclusive for everyone, everywhere.

Website: https://react.i18next.com/

GitHub: https://github.com/i18next/react-i18next

React-i18next documentation page

Framer Motion

What is it?

Framer Motion helps you to bring fancy animations to your UI.


Craft fluid animations and transitions for a dynamic user experience.

Use-case example

Are you building an interactive portfolio? Impress your visitors with Framer Motion's elegant animations as they navigate your projects and experiences.

Website: https://www.framer.com/motion/

GitHub: https://github.com/framer/motion

Framer Motion documentation page


What is it?

Mantine is like having a Swiss army knife with high-quality components and hooks for your React apps.


Fast-track development with top-notch components without sacrificing style.

Use-case example

Are you designing a startup's landing page? Use Mantine to whip up a stylish, functional site in record time.

Website: https://mantine.dev/ and https://ui.mantine.dev/

GitHub: https://github.com/mantinedev/mantine

Mantine home page

Wrapping Up ๐Ÿ˜„

There you have it! Five libraries to supercharge your next React project. If you found this useful or want to chat, swing by my Twitter (I mean X ๐Ÿ‘€)!

I drop web development content daily and share my experience as a remote software engineer traveling in Asia. Let's ride the waves of web development together!

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I hope this article inspires your React journey and also your next project. โœจ Happy coding! ๐Ÿš€