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Best 30+ Javascript libraries for Front End Js Developers

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It is a phenomenon that everything including programming languages are quite changing or should I say innovating such concepts due to mass need of trend which isn’t stable a day too. To fulfill the demands of mass needs programming different companies have put an effort to solve multiple programming language related issues. A new term was generated called as “Libraries”. To solve the needs of modernization of trends, including the need of JavaScript related websites and other application needs, A lot of Libraries were introduced to make work more easier for programmers.

What is a JavaScript Library?

JavaScript library is a pre-defined set of rules/codes from mainly raw/pure JavaScript designed to provide ease and productive work for programmers. For example, If a client needs a beautiful Js chart that changes its values with user interaction then a Js Library designed for charts will surely help in designing a chart for client which was too hard to code with raw JavaScript so:

JavaScript Library is a time-saver, energy-saver and productive site for Js Developers!

There are tons of JavaScript Libraries. Some are having non productive code and some are exceptional with proper documentation on how to implement the Javascript library to make your work easier and with efficiency. I have tried to compile some great and best libraries on the web categorizing them as following:

  • Chart/Graph Libraries
  • GUI Widget Libraries
  • Graphic Related Libraries
  • Web Application Libraries
  • Form Libraries
  • Math Libraries
  • Slider Libraries
  • CDN Libraries

>> Chart/Graph JavaScript Libraries

 

1. Chart.js

Chart.js based javascript bar chart

Chart.js based javascript bar chart

Chart.js is one of the best open source chart javascript library on Earth. It consists of about 6 chart skins purely designed in HTML5 canvas. The code is excellently written with proper documentation for implementation. It is fully responsive and is very light weighted ( total about 11.01 kb after extreme minification. Chart design and functioning is based upon user interactivity and fulfilling core goals for stats or data driven work. Try visiting Chart.js

2. D3.js

D3.js based javascript map chart

D3.js based javascript map chart

D3.js is also one of the best and the most interactive charts and graphs libraries. It manipulates the DOM in order to drive data documents into proper visualization tools like charts and graphs. It uses the power of HTML5, SVG and css to design mouth-watering graphs and charts. You will love it for sure!

3. amCharts

amcharts based javascript multiple charts

amcharts based javascript multiple charts

amcharts is a powerful web-based chart/graph javascript library which without using any 3rd party tools drive data into powerful visualizations. There are variety of graph representations and some are from heaven (complex yet look gorgeous). Amcharts is packed with numerous features including live chart editing and publishing, WordPress chart plugin service, scrollable and zoomable charts and graphs and much more..

 

4. Vis.js

vis.js based js graph/chart library

vis.js based js graph/chart library

Vis.js is a opensource based chart javascript library which enables the developer to manipulate data with interactivity from the set of data. The data manipulation which is awesome in visualization aspects draws the attention in the form of timeline, graph, network, 2d and 3d graphing and much more. Vis.js is much popular due to aspect that it has a full support of major browsers including the browsers having full touch support. One of the most dynamic driven javascript library I ever seen.

5. Highcharts

Highcharts based javascript graph

Highcharts based javascript graph

HighCharts is much popular because its library has been used by world’s top 60+ companies including Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo etc. What makes them reliable is their authority on their source without any support of 3rd party plugins and they have a smooth reliable api to make sure a better experience without any hindrance. It supports multiple charts and graphs (actually uncountable). remember: This javascript library is free for non-commercial use.

>>GUI Widget Libraries

1. Jquery UI

jQuery UI based GUI widgets

jQuery UI based GUI widgets

The most popular or should I say the authority or the sense of GUI especially for non technical designers, it plays an important role to fulfill the needs of a minimal project. For an experienced developer, it’s a start of a new aspect related to ‘GUI for Developers’. Developers has a little to no sense of the colors, shapes and interactivity just then these javascript library just like jQuery UI gives a total new experience of reliable pre-made GUI code for popular interactive options including interactions (Resizable, Droppable), Widgets (Date picker, Dialog, Menu), Effects (Easing, Hide) and much more. It also supports tons of other libraries to experience a twilight GUI.

2. Webix

Webix UI based javascript widgets

Webix UI based javascript widgets

Popular for data management widgets, Webix brings a new level inspired with jQuery. The UI is now more awesome and attractive including features of data manipulation on the fly. It offers  such as all-in-one-piece data loading, CRUD operations and other cool data manipulation features/tools.

3. YUI Library

YUI based Javascipt widgets

YUI based Javascipt widgets

A part of Yahoo engineering, YUI has multiple score of options to choose from including developer tools, widgets, utilities and core advanced tool set for better utilization of YUI javascript library. Although, the management and maintenance is stopped officially by Yahoo but YUI is still among the most lovable GUI library.

4. JQ Widgets

jQWidgets based GUI Widgets

jQWidgets based GUI Widgets

Another library called ‘JQWidgets‘ are among the revolutionary javascript library providing access to multiple widget options best for responsive web development and web applications. The UI features of widgets includes Grid, Chart, Tree, Menu, Notification, Scroll and much more. It uses multiple technologies to create their unmatched javascript library. Although widgets are limited but considered to be well-developed for using and amending according to needs.

 

>>Graphics/Drawing Related Libraries

1. Bonsai

Bonsai based javascript graphic library

Bonsai based javascript graphic library

Bonsai is a well structured web graphics js library which is designed for web drawing and rendering for svg graphics. The javascript library has a full support of advanced features for a svg developer. Features includes the control with node, key frame support, path morphing and much more.

2. Paper.js

Paper.js based graphic library

Paper.js based graphic library

Paper.js is among the best vector graphic scripting javascript library which has a complete set of tools with reliable and well written documentation both for beginners and advanced developers. The syntax is easy and maintainable. What makes it different is its output having a powerful API browser support + Scriptographer (An environment which is used by Adobe Illustrator) is supported by Paper.js!.

3. Raphaël

Raphael.js based graphic library

Raphael.js based graphic library

Raphael.js is a small graphic scripting library which actually uses the DOM for designing graphics so you could easily attach the js event handlers to make it work according to your decisions. The language is purely simple but due to its small size, large companies avoid it due to fewer options for scripting. It uses SVG and VML as a base for designing graphics on browser.

4. Sigma.js

sigma.js based javascript graphic library

sigma.js based javascript graphic library

Sigma.js is the most extensible javascript graphic drawing library which enable the developers to use browser to script amazing graphics according to needs. It powerful features and ease of use makes it more interactive. It allows the use of multiple plugins with it to make it enjoyable.

5. Fabric.js

fabric.js based javascript graphic library

fabric.js based javascript graphic library

Fabric.js is a powerful small-scale javascript library which is actually developed for web applications which uses visitor interactivity with object like dragging, sorting, rotating and others. It features includes the SVG to canvas converter, support for modern and old IE browser too. Pretty easy to learn and develop.

>>Web Application Libraries

1. AngularJS

Angular.js based javascript application library

Angular.js based javascript application library

We all know that HTML was never developed for dynamic websites/apps. So what? AngularJS library is the most popular innovating HTML to bring new and reliable experiences for the visitors. Browsers are smart and Angular too. This provides an extensive opportunity to Angular to provide what dynamic means in the future. Be sure to check out the link.

2. Ember.js

ember.js based javascript application library

ember.js based javascript application library

The smartest way to design a web app is using ember.js library. What makes it special is its power to bind the data in the real-time decreasing the power of minimal servers. The apps are actually talks constantly with the server so that the data when change actually changes in milliseconds with any tension. It also gives the power to develop your own HTML tags to provide user based experience according to client decisions. What a developer wants more?

3. Chaplin.js

Chaplin (The power of single page apps) provides the full functionality to develop apps with a rapid pace. It uses the backbone.js and provide the limitations of backbone.js to function apps more smartly. Chaplin has the power to design and develop the app having a simple syntax. The documentation is well structured and is feasible for fast developing.

4. Backbone.js

backbone.js based javascript application library

backbone.js based javascript application library

Backbone.js is really the backbone of web applications. It provides clean yet powerful structuring to apps by providing model key frames and rich API elements making easy for developers to work with ease with total freedom to enumerate their functions and call them on decisions. It needs a dependency ‘Underscore.js

5. Meteor

Meteor based javascript application library

Meteor based javascript application library

This Meteor library has the power to push apps on one command just like Facebook or Twitter. Meteor is everlasting, fastest javascript library and ultra responsive when it comes to render upon total javascript control behavior. It has an awesome browser support with additional features of less code, modern UI and powerful response time. Would work dramatic with desktop apps and web apps both.

>>Form/Form Validation Libraries

1. Parsley.js

Parsley.js based javascript form library

Parsley.js based javascript form library

Parsley.js is an open source well documented JavaScript library which makes the js form so much dynamic and easy to use. Developer just don’t have to write a single js line and the form will be designed with proper UX based by simple English which you write.

2. Validate.js

validate.js based javascript form library

validate.js based javascript form library

Of Just 2kb, Validate.js is super simple, fast, light weighted having numerous features of advanced validation include numerous rules validation, custom callbacks, customization messages, no dependencies and works in all major browsers.

3. Verify.js

verify.js based javascript form library

verify.js based javascript form library

Another Javascript validator which also has the capability to validate forms smartly. It is a asynchronous form validation javascript library which has also numerous features including extensible code (amend code with open heart), handful parameters options, group validation and much more. It can work with notify.js too providing other great features.

4. Garlic.js

garlic.js based javascript form library

garlic.js based javascript form library

Ever experienced when filling a form and browser needs a refresh to contact server again? In the case all the data is then flushed away but Garlic.js smells everything great when your browser supports it. Actually what ever you wrote in the browser can be stored locally and can accessed again in the same field even after refresh or exit. Hows this?

5. Recurly.js

recurly.js based javascript form library

recurly.js based javascript form library

Recurly is a  Javascript UI based library to control the appearance and provides a secure payment functionality for potential developers. It actually makes your payment form directly talk with Recurly reducing the % of loss of data or broken payment. It also gives a full opportunity to work with your built UI and voila, everything is now in control.

>>Math Calculation Libraries

1. Math.js

math.js based math javascript library

math.js based math javascript library

Math.js is no doubt the power of Maths because it has smart ability to parse equations, complex numbers, mathematical calculations and variety of math related problems. Math.js is also powerful with node.js featuring extensible customization, chained and heavy math operations, JavaScript math library and a smart calculator.

2. Mathjax

mathjax based math javascript library

mathjax based math javascript library

What make MATHS powerful on webs? MathJax is the revolutionized form of including maths on webs i.e it has a power to write maths on the web rather than attaching images of math related notations, advanced math signs and equations. MathJax also uses the power of MathML to provide accessibility for visitors into maths on webs. The text-based Maths means it will be accessible for Google bots to track down the whole equation, notation and other math related problems!

>>Slider Libraries

1. SlideJS

slideJS based javascript slider library

slideJS based javascript slider library

SlideJS is basically a jQuery plugin (minimal framework) packed with other impressive functionality which jQuery itself lacks. SlideJS is packed with awesome css transitions, touch and light weight. Check out for some examples.

2. Slidr.js

slider.js based javascript slider library

slider.js based javascript slider library

Now adding jQuery + css + html for a typical slider is now easy with powerful yet light weight slider javascript library which helps slide transitions into the DOM making it a robust and a quick effect against time consuming code structure.

>>CDN Libraries

1. CDN.js

CDN.js based CDN javascript library

CDN.js based CDN javascript library

What considered to be the best CDN so far? I say, CDN.js itself is the most powerful on Earth. Not compromising with popularity or any other filter, CDN.js is the biggest platform which hosts all the libraries whether popular or rejected. This makes it lovable by all!.

2. Google Hosted

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Google Hosted CDN is providing access to 14 popular Javascript libraries of the Earth. Which although is hosting 0.1% of all the JavaScript libraries but it the libraries it holds gets a wider space when it comes to high functioning, reducing server response time, RELIABLE and above all branded with Google CDN!

3. jsDelivr

jsDelivr based CDN javascript library

jsDelivr based CDN javascript library

Competitive to CDN.js javascript library, jsDeliver has also taken an initiative to hold Javascript libraries although it holds a massive Js libraries (about 1179) but is reliable becasue it is sponsored by MaxCDN, Cloudflare etc which provides high tech security and high speed connectivity making transfer of files fully unhindered.

The list doesn’t ends here and you know what, you could dive into other amazing libraries too: Try visiting github for popular forked js libraries.

I hope you love my collection! Please share it as much as you can!. Thanks.

Abrar Ahmed
Abrar Ahmed is the co-founder of HowFreelance and ProDollars. He helps companies like Flexicom, Zero Defects, Kliir and Blue Artists grow their revenue by his unique web designs. He has also worked for crowd sourcing companies including Odesk, Freelancer and Fiverr. His web design and web development services are most affordable and is dedicated to teach web design beginners and professionals the quality web design tips and business effectively. You can contact through his Google+ page, Facebook Page or through Twitter
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11 Comments
  • Dimitar Ivanov Aug 27,2016 at 9:25 am

    In addition to GUI Widget libraries, you may want to take a look at https://zinoui.com/

    However, a good list.

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  • @Cumsick Dec 27,2014 at 10:26 am

    Thanks a lot for that! Really, it’s very useful post for me,… appreciate your work! 😉

  • Burnsenier Dec 27,2014 at 10:25 am

    Thanks a bunch.. Love it!

  • Rotten Rick Dec 27,2014 at 10:25 am

    I am so glad that javascript has gotten beyond the days of copy/paste “snippets” of junk code. Finally there are some great resources out there that validate and are cross-browser friendly. Thanks for this awesome resource post.

  • Densail Dal Dec 27,2014 at 10:24 am

    Great post!! will dig deep into this list tomorrow while at work. Wish it was up earlier b/c I just finished up some form form validation. Good stuff!!

  • Guangam Dec 27,2014 at 10:23 am

    very nice list, great job

  • TiyaraTT Dec 27,2014 at 10:19 am

    I love it, Simply love it!

  • Yula Zula Dec 27,2014 at 10:19 am

    Thanks Abrar, Nice effort for this huge article.

  • Bilal Zarif Dec 27,2014 at 10:18 am

    Mashallah! Well created, slider libraries will surely help for my current client. He wants a dynamic slider.. That should do the trick.

  • fin_job Dec 27,2014 at 10:16 am

    Wow. A super duper list for web devs.. Thanks from the deep. Well done!

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