Reactstrap vs React-Bootstrap

We are going to discuss Reactstrap vs React-Bootstrap, what they are and what’s the difference between them.

What is Reactstrap?

It is a collection of custom React components that implement an easy-to-use and familiar API for developing your web applications. It works by extending the standard React DOM element interface, allowing you to easily integrate with other libraries you might be using, it provides simple and sufficient CSS tooling out of the box, via styled-jsx, and a whole lot more.

Reactstrap is a dashing library for React.js which provides the ability to produce the components in form of HTML templates. Form fields, links, buttons everything appears in an HTML template.

What is Bootstrap?

Bootstrap provides a solid foundation for building an app or website that doesn’t require writing a single line of code. Basically, a bootstrap is like the image sitting beneath the lid of your ice cream cone that makes everything look good.

What is React-Bootstrap?

React-Bootstrap is a direct follow-up to Twitter’s and Facebook’s implementation of the open-sourced version of Bootstrap, called Bootstrap. React-Bootstrap takes the same HTML, CSS, and Javascript used by Bootstrap and then adds in additional functionalities and features that will help developers build more complex applications in a timely fashion using components that have already been tested.

Difference Between Reactstrap and React-Bootstrap

People aren’t clear about React-Bootstrap vs Reactstrap. If you want to know, here are some helpful explanations:

There are some differences in the way that React-Bootstrap and Reactstrap can be implemented. The biggest difference between them is that in React-Bootstrap you will have to create your own component using Bootstrap’s styles, whereas with Reactstrap you can simply import it.

How to install Reactstrap?

Follow these steps and you will be able to install reactstrap.

NOTE: Before doing this, install any code editor like vs code or any other and install npm and node.

Create React Project

Run these commands where you want to create a project.

npx create-react-app {app name} 

Install Bootstrap

After creating the app, open the app folder in the command line and run:

npm install --save bootstrap 

Install Reactstrap

Step 1: Run these commands for installation.

npm install --save reactstrap react react-dom 

Step 2: After installing it, import bootstrap in index.js

import 'bootstrap/dist/css/bootstrap.min.css';

Step 3: Now import reactstrap in app.js

import { button } from 'reactstrap'; 

Here we imported a component from reactstrap called button and we are going to use it.


import React from 'react';
import { Alert } from 'reactstrap';

const App = (props) => {
  return (
       <Button color="primary">
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export default App; 

Here we go just run the project with the given command and it will show a button with color primary at your localhost.

npm start

How to use React-Bootstrap?

Using React-Bootstrap is so easy you have to just follow a few steps.

Step 1: go to your application directory -> src -> components (if there is no components folder so create it).

Step 2: Create a component here just like example.js & make any component in it for further use like, alert, button, image, etc.

Step 3: Import it into your app.js file and use it as defined above.


In this article, we resolved all the confusion of programmers about using react-bootstrap or reactstrap. and defined the way they work so it can be more helpful to understand.

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