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Saturday, December 2, 2023

Railwind react components in FloatUI

Most website developers would agree that building UIs with React can be tedious and time-consuming.

However, by utilizing Railwind react components within FloatUI, you can dramatically accelerate your development workflow while creating visually stunning interfaces.

This post will introduce Railwind and demonstrate how its pre-built component library integrates seamlessly with FloatUI to help you build complete web apps faster than ever before.

Introduction to Railwind React Components in FloatUI

Railwind is an exciting new open-source UI library that provides React components styled with Tailwind CSS. As an addition to FloatUI's existing selection of Tailwind components, Railwind brings a versatile set of over 40 React UI elements that can enhance your FloatUI experience.

Some key benefits of using Railwind components within FloatUI projects include:

  • Seamless integration: Railwind components are designed to integrate smoothly within Tailwind CSS projects, making them a natural fit for use alongside FloatUI's other Tailwind offerings.
  • Customizable and themeable: Customize Railwind components through Tailwind utilities and CSS variables. Easily style components to match your brand.
  • Accessible: Railwind focuses on accessibility, with components that follow WAI-ARIA standards out of the box.
  • Lightweight: No external CSS or JS dependencies required. Railwind adds minimal bloat to your bundles.

As an open-source React UI toolkit built on Tailwind, Railwind shares FloatUI's commitment to helping developers ship beautiful projects faster. Adding Railwind to your FloatUI workflow unlocks a versatile selection of UI building blocks to create stunning, responsive interfaces with ease.

Give Railwind for FloatUI a try today and take your Tailwind projects to new heights!

Core Features and Benefits of Railwind

Railwind is a React UI library that builds on top of Tailwind CSS to provide a robust set of components for faster web development. Here's an overview of some of its key features and benefits:

Easy Setup and Integration

Getting started with Railwind is simple. Just install the package:

npm install @railwayui/react

Then import the Float UI navbar component in your App.js file:

import { Navbar } from '@railwayui/react';

function App() {
  return (
      <Navbar />

And that's it! You'll have a beautiful, responsive navbar integrated with just a few lines of code.

Complete Component Library

Railwind offers over 65 production-ready components like buttons, cards, modals, tables, and more to build complete interfaces faster. This eliminates the need to build these common components from scratch.

It brings the efficiency of a Tailwind UI kit for rapid development while allowing ample room for customization as needed.

Built for Customization

While Railwind components come pre-styled, you can easily modify them by passing Tailwind utilities and CSS classes. This makes the components highly customizable without friction.

For example, to change the button style:

  className="bg-blue-500 text-white hover:bg-blue-700"
  Custom Button  

This taps into the true power of Float Tailwind for flexible design.

Lightweight Performance

Railwind focuses on performance through techniques like lazy-loading. This makes it faster than some alternatives while retaining all necessary features.

So you don't have to compromise between speed and functionality.

Overall, Railwind combines ease of use, customizability, performance, and tight integration with Tailwind CSS in a powerful React component library for crafting UIs faster. The extensive documentation makes it easy for developers of all skill levels to get started.

Key Advantages Over Tailwind UI and Alternatives

Railwind offers some key advantages compared to Tailwind UI and other similar libraries that make it a compelling option for developers looking to build beautiful websites and web apps.

More Complete Documentation

One area where Railwind shines is its documentation. The docs offer step-by-step instructions for implementing and customizing every component, making it easy for developers of all skill levels to integrate Railwind into their projects.

The documentation also covers core concepts like theming and layouts in detail. There is even a full section dedicated to styling the Float UI navbar component, providing granular guidance to help you customize the navbar to match your brand.

Overall, Railwind's documentation is far more robust than what is available for many other Tailwind UI libraries.

Better Theme Customization

Railwind makes it simple to create and switch between themes using its built-in theming engine. You can easily customize colors, font sizes, border radii, and more across all components in your project with just a few lines of code.

This level of dynamic theme support gives Railwind a leg up compared to alternatives like Tailwind UI that rely on pre-defined themes. As a flexible Tailwind UI kit, Railwind puts you fully in control of your project's look and feel.

Lower Cost

One of the major advantages of Railwind is that it is completely free and open source, whereas Tailwind UI is sold on a paid license model.

This makes Railwind extremely budget-friendly for solo developers and startups who may not be able to afford Tailwind UI's recurring subscription costs.

While Tailwind UI offers some exclusive components and templates, Railwind provides an expansive free component library of its own, making it a cost-effective Tailwind UI alternative overall.

Growing Open Source Community

Because Railwind is open source, there are opportunities to get involved and influence the future direction of the library as part of its community.

Whether you want to contribute code, fix bugs, add documentation, or suggest new features, Railwind offers a welcoming space for developers at all skill levels to collaborate.

As one of the most popular Tailwind UI libraries, Railwind has an engaged community that is passionate about helping the project grow. Getting involved allows you to shape Railwind's roadmap while also learning from other talented community members.

Overall, Railwind's community engagement gives it an advantage over closed-source alternatives by empowering you to collectively build the Tailwind UI kit you want rather than just using the product as delivered.


Building a Sample App with Railwind and FloatUI

Initial Setup with FloatUI

To get started building a modern web app with Railwind and FloatUI, first initialize a new React project and install the required dependencies:

npx create-react-app my-app
cd my-app
npm install @railway/react @floatui/react

Next, in App.js, import and apply the FloatUI Navbar component to construct a responsive navigation header:

import { Navbar } from '@floatui/react';

function App() {
  return (
      brandName="My App"
        {name: 'Home', href: '/'},
        {name: 'About', href: '/about'},
    // ...rest of app

The Navbar handles collapsing on mobile responsively out-of-the-box. And that's it for initial setup! We now have a Railwind-powered app skeleton with FloatUI branding and navigation ready to build upon.

Implementing Pages and Layout with Float Tailwind

With initial scaffolding done, we can begin constructing our app's page structure leveraging Railwind's powerful layout components designed specifically for the Tailwind ecosystem.

Import and apply the Page component to handle rendering all the common page sections. Then wrap it with the AppLayout to consistently apply sidebar navigation on every page:

// Inside App.js
import { 
  Page, AppLayout 
} from '@railway/react';

function App() {

  const sidebarLinks = [
    {name: 'Home', href: '/', icon: HomeIcon}, 
    {name: 'Profile', href: '/profile', icon: UserIcon},
  return (
        {/* Page sections */}

The Page component takes care of applying margins, max-width constraints, and vertical spacing between sections. And AppLayout provides the sidebar for navigation between pages.

With the layout established, we can start designing the content within each `` section.

Designing Individual Sections with Railwind

Railwind offers a wide array of components for constructing page sections like headers, footers, feature sections, testimonials, calls-to-action, and more.

For example, to build a hero section, import and apply the Hero component:


    title="Welcome to my Modern Web App"
    description="This is the hero section description providing an intro overview."
    ctaText="Get Started"

The Hero automatically handles responsive sizing, background images, overlays, and spacing.

Similarly, building an features section is as easy as:

  heading="Key Capabilities"
      title: "Capability 1",
      icon: ChartBarIcon, 
      description: "Description of capability 1" 
    // ...

Browse the full component library to find pre-built sections like testimonials, FAQs, footers, and more to quickly construct an entire multi-page app UI.

Applying Custom Branding and Themes

Once our app layout and sections are built out, we can customize the styling by overriding Railwind's default theme.

First, wrap the App with the RailwindProvider so we can access the theming context:

// Inside index.js
import { RailwindProvider } from '@railway/react';

    <App />

Then create a theme file and override color, font, border, etc styles:

// theme.js

export default {
  colors: {
    primary: '#1da1f2',
  fonts: {
    body: 'Helvetica Neue, system-ui',
  // ...other style overrides  

Finally pass the custom theme to the context provider:

<RailwindProvider theme={theme}>

This allows adapting the Railwind styles to match our brand aesthetic.

And that covers end-to-end implementation leveraging Railwind's React UI library with FloatUI! The components help quickly build a complete web app UI without needing advanced CSS skills.

Integrating Railwind with Other Development Tools

Railwind integrates seamlessly with many popular JavaScript frameworks and libraries to enhance the capabilities of FloatUI's components. Here are some of the most common integrations:

React Framework Integrations


Next.js is a popular React framework for building server-rendered React applications. The benefits of using Railwind components in Next.js include:

  • Easy integration with Next.js dynamic pages and routing
  • Built-in support for SSR and ISR
  • Optimized performance with granular chunking of components
  • Next.js Image optimization works out of the box

For example, you can easily add a Railwind dropdown menu to a Next.js layout:

import { Dropdown } from 'railwind';

export default function Navbar() {
  return (
    <Dropdown label="Solutions">

Redux and React Query

Railwind components work seamlessly with popular React state management libraries like Redux and React Query:

  • Fetch data in React Query hooks
  • Manage Railwind state in global Redux store
  • Avoid prop drilling with global state

For example, you can populate a Railwind data table from React Query:

const { data } = useQuery('users');

return (
  <DataTable data={data}>
    <DataTable.Column name="Name" />
    <DataTable.Column name="Email" />

Form Libraries

Railwind inputs work nicely with React form libraries like Formik, React Hook Form, and React Final Form. For example, with Formik:

  {formik => (

This allows you to easily build complex, data-driven forms with validation using Railwind.

CSS and Styling

Since Railwind builds on top of Tailwind CSS, you get full access to Tailwind's utility classes for styling and layout. For example, you can easily create a two-column layout with Railwind components using Tailwind's grid system:

<div className="grid grid-cols-2 gap-4">

In summary, Railwind integrates fluidly with React ecosystem tools like Next.js, Redux, React Query, Formik, and Tailwind CSS utilities to unlock enhanced capabilities for building complex, data-rich applications. The modular nature of Railwind makes it simple to connect these tools together.

Roadmap and Future of Railwind within FloatUI

Float UI is excited to announce the integration of Railwind react components into our growing collection of Tailwind UI libraries. Railwind is an open-source React UI kit that is beloved for its beautiful, responsive, and accessible components.

Integrating Railwind into Float UI will provide even more tools for developers looking to quickly build modern websites.

Why We Chose Railwind

The Railwind project aligns perfectly with Float UI's mission to help developers ship projects faster.

Some of the reasons we chose Railwind:

  • Beautiful and responsive UI components: Railwind offers over 100 customizable components like buttons, cards, modals, and more out-of-the-box. They are designed for both desktop and mobile experiences.
  • Developer experience focused: Components have PropTypes declarations, TypeScript types, full documentation, and more to improve the developer experience.
  • MIT license: Railwind is 100% open source and free to use under the permissive MIT license.
  • Active community: Railwind has over 4k GitHub stars and active Slack/Discord communities constantly providing feedback and contributing.

Upcoming Railwind Plans and Integration

Over the next few months, we plan to:

  • Release an official Float UI integration library to easily use Railwind components within Tailwind CSS projects. This will include full documentation and examples.
  • Work with the Railwind team and community to build additional components like data tables, dropdowns, and more based on demand.
  • Create Float UI templates featuring Railwind components to give developers pre-built starting points for projects.
  • Write blog posts and tutorials guiding developers on best practices for using Railwind in their websites.

We are excited to see what the future holds for Railwind's growth within the Float UI ecosystem. The opportunities to help even more developers build incredible websites are endless.

Let us know what other plans you would like to see for Railwind and Float UI! We highly value our community's feedback.

Conclusion: Unleash the Power of Railwind and FloatUI

FloatUI's Railwind react components provide a robust set of ready-made UI elements that web developers can easily integrate into their projects. Combined with Tailwind CSS and FloatUI's design system, Railwind enables rapid development of high-quality user interfaces without compromising customizability.

Some key benefits of using Railwind components include:

  • Accelerate development - The pre-built components allow skipping repetitive UI tasks so you can focus on building app logic and advanced customizations. Simply import and configure the elements instead of coding everything from scratch.
  • Pixel-perfect and responsive design - Crafted by professional designers, the components look stunning on all device sizes out of the box. The responsive behaviors are pre-defined as well.
  • Customizable and themeable - Despite being pre-made, the components expose multiple configuration options for full control over styling and functionality. Easily theme to match your brand.
  • Production-ready code quality - Railwind elements follow best practices for accessibility, performance, SEO etc allowing high-quality code. The open-source nature also helps with transparency.

In summary, Railwind is a great showcase of FloatUI's capabilities for accelerating development of beautiful, high-performance websites. Combined with Tailwind CSS, it offers a robust toolset for delivering projects faster without compromising on quality or customizability. The pre-made components, responsive behaviors, customization options and production-ready code allow shipping fully-functional interfaces in less time.