Integrating Chakra UI with Next.js

Get introduced to UI libraries and learn to integrate Chakra UI with Next.js.

An introduction to UI libraries

UI libraries, frameworks, and utilities are not essential. We could build any user interface (despite its complexity) from scratch using vanilla JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. Still, we would often find ourselves using the same patterns, accessibility rules, optimizations, and utility functions on every user interface we build. So here comes the concept of a UI library.

The idea is to abstract our most common use cases, reuse most of the code on different user interfaces, improve our productivity, and use well-known, tested, and themeable UI components. With “themeable,” we refer to those libraries and components that allow us to customize the color scheme, spacing, and the whole design language of a given framework.

We could take the popular Bootstrap library as an example. It allows us to override its default variables (such as colors, fonts, mixins, and so on) to customize the default theme. Thanks to that feature, we could potentially use Bootstrap on dozens of different UIs, with each UI having a very different look and feel.

While Bootstrap is still a good, tested, and well-known library, we’ll concentrate on more modern alternatives in the following sections. Each option will take a different approach, allowing us to understand what to look for when choosing a UI library.

Integrating Chakra UI with Next.js

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