styled-components VS PostCSS

Compare styled-components vs PostCSS 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 đź’… (by styled-components)


Transforming styles with JS plugins (by postcss)
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styled-components PostCSS
191 76
38,170 27,154
0.5% 0.4%
9.1 9.3
4 days ago 14 days ago
TypeScript TypeScript
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 PostCSS. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-01-29.
  • Web 3.0 frontend stacks in 2023
    20 projects | | 29 Jan 2023
    UI, CSS : tailwindcss + PostCSS + Radix UI + UI components by shadcn
  • When Vite ignores your Browserslist configuration
    9 projects | | 26 Dec 2022
    Actually, Vite doesn’t support Browserslist at all: the only reason it “seems” to work well with CSS is because Vite uses PostCSS, which itself natively uses Browserslist. We could say that Vite supports Browserslist by proxy, for CSS.
  • How do I learn modern web development?
    4 projects | | 11 Dec 2022
  • Using tailwind v3 with lit elements
    6 projects | | 6 Dec 2022
    We will be using PostCSS to process our source files' CSS.
  • Simple reactions in HTML + CSS
    4 projects | | 4 Dec 2022
    But... this is still hacky! Can we do better? Yes, we can, using PostCSS to transform @when rules to the css we have seen above. I could not find any PostCSS plugin for this, so I created one that is really quick and dirty, but works for this simple use case. You can find it here.
  • Advice for experienced dev taking on front-end role?
    6 projects | | 11 Nov 2022
    Tooling takes away alot of headaches and saves yourself from "being clever" (stupid). Most front-end tooling can be run out of the nodeJS runtime, so even if your stack isn't JS oriented, it's still worth running node. The obvious shoutouts: Vite, eslint, stylelint, postCSS, browserslist. Playwright is somethin else you can give a look at if your scope of work is large enough.
  • Setup TailwindCSS, postcss and esbuild on Rails 7
    12 projects | | 12 Oct 2022
    As we write more features we would need to organize our css files, write additional styles or wrap any tailwind components up using tailwinds @apply helper. Currently, we can’t import other css files into the main application.tailwind.css file because our node-powered TailwindCSS is provided by cssbundling-rails, which by default doesn’t allow it. Luckily we can fix it, thanks to postcss.
    12 projects | | 12 Oct 2022
    First, we need to install postcss and other plugins via yarn. From terminal:
  • Incluyendo CSS modules con clases externas
    3 projects | | 24 Sep 2022
  • Browserslist: building modern web apps for diverse global audience
    10 projects | | 24 Aug 2022
    Of course, we have great tooling for that: Autoprefixer, PostCSS and Stylelint for CSS transformation, Babel and Webpack for JavaScript transpilation and bundling, ESLint for code analysis, and many others.

What are some alternatives?

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

styled-jsx - Full CSS support for JSX without compromises

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

emotion - 👩‍🎤 CSS-in-JS library designed for high performance style composition

styletron - :zap: Toolkit for component-oriented styling

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

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

esbuild - An extremely fast bundler for the web

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

react-bootstrap - Bootstrap components built with React

React CSS Modules - Seamless mapping of class names to CSS modules inside of React components.

purgecss - Remove unused CSS