Top React Tools & Libraries That Every React Native Devel­op­er Must Know

06 Apr 2021

React & React Native are pop­u­lar JS frame­works known for design­ing the UI of web and mobile appli­ca­tions. In the pre­vi­ous arti­cle, we have shared the wealth of ben­e­fits that React comes with & how you can count on the resources to have your team ready for your next React project.

The native devel­op­ment approach of React keeps adding more fans in Reac­t’s com­mu­ni­ty. Here we will share the list of pop­u­lar tools & libraries that every React Native devel­op­er will use to design flaw­less UIs in 2021.


It is one of the pop­u­lar source code edi­tors that lets you per­form cross-plat­form edit­ing, enables cus­tomiza­tion of themes & designs pro­vid­ed with the fea­tures like smart auto-com­ple­tion, built-in pack­age man­ag­er, trou­ble-free brows­ing of mul­ti­ple files in the same win­dow, enabling easy shar­ing & edit­ing of code with­in the team in real-time.


A nuclide is a free-to-use open-source tool that offers so many fea­tures that ease soft­ware devel­op­ment for devel­op­ers. It is pro­vid­ed by Face­book and is in inte­gra­tion with Atom. Ele­ment inspec­tion is one of the great fea­tures it is known for. Nuclide’s ben­e­fi­cial ser­vices for your React native project are hack devel­op­ment, JavaScript devel­op­ment, remote devel­op­ment, built-in debug­ging, task run­ner, and work­ing sets. is a plat­form with which you can host & orga­nize the com­po­nents required to build your mobile app & push them in your local project. Lever­ag­ing this tool, your team of devel­op­ers can doc­u­ment, ren­der, and install/import the com­po­nents and keep track of their depen­den­cies based on ver­sion changes with a sin­gle code. The reusable source codes of dif­fer­ent com­po­nents fas­ten devel­op­ment and enable test­ing in an iso­lat­ed environment.


Expo is meant for the devel­op­ment of uni­ver­sal native apps from the javascript code­base. It comes with its own CLI. Pro­vid­ed with the devel­op­ment tools, com­mu­ni­ty forums & slack com­mu­ni­ty, Expo is known to imple­ment and pub­lish updates quickly.


The devel­op­er’s com­mu­ni­ty adores ESLint for the trans­paren­cy of the tool and cus­tomiz­able built-in plu­g­ins. This open-source tool uses JS and JSX lan­guages to detect errors in the exist­ing source based on the ESLint rules.


Call it a time-trav­el­ling debug­ger as it offers live code edit­ing & test­ing. Teams deploy Redux to cre­ate eye-catch­ing respon­sive appli­ca­tions that can run with­out any has­sles in all kinds of envi­ron­ments like the client, serv­er, and native.

React Native CLI

When you opt to work on the CLI, the offi­cial React Native CLI counts to be the first. It sup­ports cus­tom con­fig­u­ra­tion and auto­mates tasks like link­ing, pack­ag­ing, build­ing, etc. In addi­tion to the offi­cial CLI, you can opt to work on Ignite. Ignite is a CLI designed by InfiniteRed for React Native, espe­cial­ly when you want to start with awe­some boil­er­plates, gen­er­ate screens, etc.

Visu­al Stu­dio Code

Visu­al Stu­dio Code comes dis­tinct­ly for the React Native pack­age, and when you are using the full pack exten­sion, your wor­ries of using dif­fer­ent tools will be resolved at once.


If you are a bit biased towards your Apple users, then you will def­i­nite­ly adore Xcode. It is Apple’s devel­op­ment envi­ron­ment tool which is known to cre­ate React-native apps for iOS. More­over, it helps in debug­ging, instal­la­tion of iOS pack­ages, and cus­tomiza­tion of the build configuration.

Android Stu­dio

We all know there are more Android fans in gen­er­al, so we can’t leave a vent for such users. Android stu­dio is the Xcode ver­sion’ of Android. It enables the build­ing & debug­ging of React Native apps.

When UI toolk­its help React Native devel­op­ers design stun­ning UI, the com­po­nent libraries will get you easy access to numer­ous design­ing ele­ments that can fas­ten your task & min­i­mize your trou­bles. Here are the pop­u­lar React Native com­po­nent libraries that devel­op­ers often count on:

  1. Native Base
  2. React Native Components
  3. Shoutem
  4. UI Kit­ten
  5. React Native Mate­r­i­al UI
  6. React Native Mate­r­i­al Kit
  7. Nachos UI
  8. React Native UI Library
  9. React Native Paper
  10. React Native Vec­tor Icons
  11. Teaset

Explore the libraries, and don’t for­get to check the com­pat­i­bil­i­ty with the ver­sions of tools you are using. Some of them could be cus­tomized to every pos­si­ble extent, while oth­ers could­n’t be.

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