styled-components VS emotion

Compare styled-components vs emotion and see what are their differences.


Visual primitives for the component age. Use the best bits of ES6 and CSS to style your apps without stress 💅 (by styled-components)


👩‍🎤 CSS-in-JS library designed for high performance style composition (by emotion-js)
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styled-components emotion
190 45
38,138 15,973
0.4% 0.8%
9.2 8.8
10 days ago 6 days ago
TypeScript JavaScript
MIT License MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of styled-components. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-01-30.


Posts with mentions or reviews of emotion. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-01-30.
  • CSS Style Guide for Web Dev?
    5 projects | | 30 Jan 2023
    In general I recommend using styled-components or emotion. These directly attach CSS to your components in a scoped way so that your CSS files aren’t stepping on each other’s toes all the time and make sure styling is colocated with the component.
  • Server Components
    2 projects | | 29 Jan 2023
    I ran into this problem as well. The root cause as I understand it is emotion:
  • CSS In JS - The what, why and How's
    2 projects | | 23 Jan 2023
    While integrating component libraries, they may not give you full control over the order in which styles are inserted. (Example issue).
  • Lets create something neat together!
    4 projects | | 5 Nov 2022
    Vanilla Extract (CSS Framework) (Alternative: Emotion)
  • Nextjs 13 with MUI 5
    2 projects | | 30 Oct 2022
    Emotion Github issue
  • Why I never understood CSS-in-JS
    2 projects | | 21 Oct 2022
    This week Sam Magura, an active maintainer of Emotion, a widely-popular CSS-in-JS library for React, published an article about breaking up with CSS-in-JS. As a “pure CSS” guy, I had many questions and comments while reading the article, so I had to document them in this blog post.
  • Why We're Breaking Up with CSS-in-JS
    4 projects | | 20 Oct 2022
    Last I checked Emotion deprecated style extraction, and Styled Components doesn't support it at all.
    6 projects | | 16 Oct 2022
    11 projects | | 16 Oct 2022
    Hi, I'm Sam — software engineer at Spot and the 2nd most active maintainer of Emotion, a widely-popular CSS-in-JS library for React. This post will delve into what originally attracted me to CSS-in-JS, and why I (along with the rest of the Spot team) have decided to shift away from it.
    11 projects | | 16 Oct 2022
    Multiple instances of Emotion get loaded at once. This can cause problems even if the multiple instances are all the same version of Emotion. (Example issue)

What are some alternatives?

When comparing styled-components and emotion you can also consider the following projects:

styled-jsx - Full CSS support for JSX without compromises

JSS - JSS is an authoring tool for CSS which uses JavaScript as a host language.

Tailwind CSS - A utility-first CSS framework for rapid UI development.

chakra-ui - ⚡️ Simple, Modular & Accessible UI Components for your React Applications

styletron - :zap: Toolkit for component-oriented styling

PostCSS - Transforming styles with JS plugins

linaria - Zero-runtime CSS in JS library

material-ui - MUI Core: Ready-to-use foundational React components, free forever. It includes Material UI, which implements Google's Material Design.

Aphrodite - Framework-agnostic CSS-in-JS with support for server-side rendering, browser prefixing, and minimum CSS generation