Due to its simplicity of usage and learning curve, Vue.js is the JavaScript framework of choice for a large number of front-end developers. The heart of the Vue framework are components, which make it much easier to transition quickly from an idea to a usable user interface.

One of the best features of Vue is that it’s pretty small and lightweight when compared with other alternatives like Angular. It is an excellent option if you want to achieve Custom Design and has a sizable community.

Its rich built-in directives are intended to provide both top-notch performance and best-in-class typography. Additionally, it provides significant first-class TypeScript support, allowing you to modify and localize the components in any language you choose.

However, since the release of Vue 3, it’s been hard to find good UI libraries for this framework. A lot of breaking changes were introduced in this version, so great options like Bootstrap-Vue don’t work anymore and need to be updated.

However, that doesn’t mean there are no available choices today. In this article we’ll share with you some of the best alternatives for your UI if you’re using Vue’s latest version. Let’s get started!

Our top choice: PrimeVue

One of the best frameworks when you want to create sophisticated, cutting-edge, and dynamic Vue applications is PrimeVue. It offers a variety of parts that you may use to build interactive Vue applications, like tables, paginators, and well-designed graph-based organizational charts.

As its components were created for developing complicated software programs, you can also create user interfaces for software meant to be used by gigantic companies with this framework.

Plus, PrimeVue has been completely built with Vue 3 in mind, which means it’s completely compatible and highly performant with the latest version of this beloved JavaScript framework.

A very close second: Quasar

With more than 81 components, Quasar is a framework with a lot of punch. Quasar should be used if you intend to use Vue.js to create a highly reliable and responsive online and mobile application.

Quasar is a bit different when compared with other options in this list, as it’s inteded to be an all – in – one solution when creating Vue apps. This means that by employing a single framework, you can create an entire application that’s available as a native mobile app, a desktop app or an SPA.

However, even if you just like its UI components, Quasar can be a great alternative too.

Vuetify, Material UI turned Vue

Vuetify is an unofficial library that integrates Material UI with Vue’s native features. It facilitates the creation of clear, meaningful, reusable UI components and turns the development process into an engaging activity.

One of the main advantages of Vuetify is that it’s very user-friendly, even if you’re not familiar with Material UI. The documentation is clear and concise, and the team behind this framework is constantly updating it to make sure it keeps up with Vue’s latest changes.

Although it was in alpha for a long time, Vuetify 3 is now available and ready to rock! It should be compatible with any Vue 3 project and will help you create production – ready apps in no time.

Vant UI

More than 65 lightweight, reusable components are available from Vant UI. Vant’s components are renowned for being entirely customisable and for being optimized for mobile use; and it’s one of the best alternatives if you want to create hybrid apps with Vue.

With unique components including beautiful inputs, notifications, cards or countdowns, Vant is a formidable rival to the almighty Ionic framework.

It is evident from looking through Vant’s component catalog that they concentrate on mobile devices while remaining adaptable enough so it can be used to build SPAs. It is important to note that each of these components may be imported separately into your application because they are all independent, which might be useful for some projects.

Naive UI

The inventor of Vue retweeted the modest announcement of Naive UI, which greatly increased traffic to this new component library. Within less than three months of its launch, Naive UI has earned 4.7k ratings on GitHub.

It includes more than 70 incredibly well-made components that can be integrated into virtually any Vue 3 program. Naive’s components are fast, incredibly adaptable, and have top-notch TypeScript support to provide an excellent development environment.

Wave UI

After the release of Vue 3, WaveUI became well positioned pretty fast. One of the earliest Vue 3 UI frameworks available, WaveUI was developed while Vue 3 was still in its early development stage with the intention of supporting it as soon as possible.

There are more than 40 attractive and useful components included with Wave UI. Additionally, Wave offers customization options, utilities, and an advanced, integrated form validation capabilities.

The Wave UI’s components are incredibly attractive and expertly animated. Everything has a quick feel, and the framework as a whole maintains a cohesive style. Your responsive Vue 3 app, whether it’s simple or enterprise-grade, will benefit from having it.

Because of the underlying principles it was developed on, Wave UI appears to have great potential. It strives to be unobtrusive by giving developers the option to increase or decrease Wave’s priority in your CSS, allowing you to create your own styles and just utilize it as needed.

TailwindCSS: A different approach

The CSS world is definitely changing, and component libraries are not as hegemonic as they used to be. Nowadays they have to compete with class – based CSS frameworks, of which TailwindCSS is still the king.

If you want to create beautiful Vue 3 apps fast, Tailwind might be the best option for you. This framework is different from what you’re used to because it doesn’t provide ready-made components.

In contrast, you will be creating your own components using Tailwind’s utility classes. These are low-level CSS rules that you can use to style pretty much anything. Think of them as the building blocks for your UI.

With Tailwind, you have complete control over your app’s look and feel. You are not restricted to a pre-defined set of components, but you can create any kind of UI you can imagine.

The biggest downside to this approach is that it might be a bit harder to get started with than using a traditional component library. But once you get the hang of it, you’ll definitely come to love it.

So there you have it! These are some of the best UI libraries available for Vue 3. Whether you’re looking for traditional components or something a bit different, one of these frameworks is sure to have what you need.

So what are you waiting for? Give them a try and see for yourself!

👋 Hey, I'm Alejandro Rodríguez
Hey there! I'm a front end developer from Spain and a web dev teacher at Ironhack. I've been writing for more than 7 years as a side project, and I love to mix both disciplines whenever I can. Besides working, I'm also passionate about travelling (often with my laptop as a digital nomad) and water sports. What could be better than writing about code in a Caribbean beach, or from a coworking space in an european city?

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