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The Best React Native UI Component Kits To Use In 2021

Jun 12, 2021

Writer, digital nomad, life lover. React Native was created by Facebook to accelerate and reduce the cost of developing  mobile applications . It is clear that React Native is currently the best solution for creating cross-platform mobile applications. Under the hood React Native uses the Javascript bridge to interpret the UI components for rendering and then calls Objective-C or  Java  API to display the corresponding iOS or Android component. This bridge is an extra layer of abstraction that may cause a more extended and laborious development process. The React Native solution was used in the development of Facebook Ads, Instagram, Pinterest, Skype, Airbnb, Yeti Smart Home, Uber Eats, and many more. The projects speak for themselves. With the development of React Native technology and gaining more and more trust from the community, tools began to appear to facilitate and accelerate development based on the technology – such as ready-made React Native libraries and UI components. In this article, we will share a list of the best free React Native UI components, which designers and developers can use to jumpstart the design & development of their next mobile project. What is a React Native UI component? React Native UI Component is a mobile application element that is isolated from other elements and can be reused several times. For example, it can be a button to buy a product or a subscription. Why use React Native UI component library? Much like React itself, React Native encourages you to build your UI using isolated components. React Native UI Component libraries and UI toolkits help you save time and build your applications faster using a pre-made set of components. React Native UI Kit is a very useful thing. It’s basically a set of ready-made interface elements (and sometimes APIs) you can use when creating your application. Thus, you can release an MVP project in a matter of weeks, saving time on the development of interface components and concentrating on the business logic itself. Of course, there are a lot fewer UI Kits for React Native than there are for  React.js , but all of these existing are made by professionals, each in the same style. How to choose a React Native UI component? In order to choose a library or an already written application with ready-made React Native UI components, you can use the following decision-making criteria: Price; Documentation: Full documentation React Native Elements is a cross-platform React Native UI toolkit that puts together a number of great open source UI components made by developers. Here’s what the library’s authors state: “The idea with React Native Elements is more about component structure than actual design, meaning less boilerplate in setting up certain elements but full control over their design”. This seems appealing for both new developers and seasoned veterans. The package includes a whole basket of components such as pricing, badge, overlay, divider and platform-specific search bars. They are easy to use and quite customizable. The props for all the components are defined in one central location, which makes it possible to easily update or modify components. Additionally, it can serve as a platform connecting small teams developing commercial React Native apps with open source contribution. If you’re going to design an application that looks universal across platforms, this is a perfect option. The documentation clearly explains how to customize the available components with simplicity, and comes with a set of beautiful icons. Key facts: Documentation: Full documentation NativeBase is a collection of essential cross-platform React Native components: a good place to start building your app. The components are built with React Native combined with some JavaScript functionality with customizable properties. NativeBase is fully open-source and has 12,000+ stars on GitHub. When using NativeBase, you can use any native third-party libraries out of the box. The project itself comes with a rich ecosystem around it, from useful starter-kits to customizable theme templates. Here’s a nice starter kit: the template acts as a wrapper on most of the native React components (such as buttons, text fields, views, keyboard views, list views, etc), and enriches them by adding extra functionality (e.g. rounded corners, shadows, etc). What it offers: Documentation: Full documentation Lottie is a mobile library that parses Adobe After Effects animations natively on mobile. It works by exporting animation data in JSON format from an After Effects extension, BodyMovin. This extension is bundled with a JS player to render animations on the web. Lottie libraries and plugins are available for free. You can also use the curated collection of animation files to make your apps attractive and interesting. The animation files are small in size and are in vector format, meaning that you won’t experience any impact on your app performance. At the same time, it can spice up your UI and make it more visually appealing. React Native Vector Icons Documentation: Full documentation One of the React Native component libraries that offers map components for Android and iOS is React Native Mapview. Here, common features on any map (such as markers and polygons) are specified as children of the Mapview component. There’s a lot you can do to customize the map style. You’ll be able to change mapview position, tracking region / location and make points of interest clickable on Google Maps. You can enable zooming in to specified markers or coordinates, or even animate them. If you assign an animated region value to the prop, Mapview can utilize the Animated API to control the map’s center and zoom. Unless you specify custom markers, default markers will be rendered. React Native UI Kitten Documentation: Full documentation React Native UI Kitten – a React Native implementation of the Eva Design system. It offers a set of about 20 general purpose components styled in the same way to take care of visual appearance. There are a lot of standalone components available as well. The library is based on Eva Design System, containing a set of general purpose UI components styled in a similar way. UI Kitten stores style definitions separately from business logic. UI elements are styled in the same manner. This concept is similar to CSS, where style classes are separate from the code. Shoutem Documentation: Full documentation Shoutem is an app building platform that works by using extensions or modular building blocks, somewhat like building a website with plugins on WordPress. Extensions include galleries for photos and videos, products, events, restaurant menus and more. Shoutem offers many mobile back-end services such as analytics, user authentication, layouts, push notifications and more. Also, there are many well-coded themes for you to use and customize. This open-source UI toolkit helps you design professional looking solutions. Each component has a predefined style and can be composed with others. These predefined components are elegant but seem a bit more biased towards iOS style guidelines. Along with components, it comes with basic Animation that is suitable for using its own UI toolkit and themes to build amazing React Native applications. Key features: Documentation: Limited documentation The React Native Material UI offers about 20 components for React Native. The components include action buttons, avatars, subheaders, drawers, dividers, toolbars and more. These components are highly customizable and use Material Design in their construct. The components are self-supporting and will integrate (and only integrate) the styles they need to display. They are independent of any global stylesheets. Material-UI is developed for mobile-first application UI design. Conclusion These are the best React Native UI Kits on the market we’ve selected for you. The most advanced solutions, such as the React Native Starter Kit or NativeBase, are presented in the first part. In the second part, we have collected projects you can integrate in your existing project as a good addition. All of these tools make your development much faster and more convenient. We recommend you do your own analysis before choosing the best library for your project. This way you will know for sure what suits your project and needs better. If you’d like to integrate a library into your existing React Native project, or if you plan to create a cross-platform app from scratch, be sure to contact us. About Flatlogic At Flatlogic we develop  admin dashboard templates  and  React Native templates . We are listed among Top 20 Web Development companies from Belarus and Lithuania. During the last 6 years, we have successfully completed more than  50 big projects  for small startups and large enterprises. As a team, we always have a deep desire to help our clients. Previously published at

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