26 Open Source JavaScript Libraries & Frameworks

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As a longtime JavaScript developer there are still dozens of libraries I have never touched before. Many concepts are out in the wild that I can’t even wrap my head around! Prototypical JS templating is one, and full MVC control is another. But these libraries are seriously powerful and beneficial to those who understand them.

In this gallery I’ve organized a handful of very useful and free JavaScript development libraries. Each provides a different purpose where some are general libraries, others are complete frameworks to construct web applications. Even if you’re not a developer it’s still good to familiarize yourself with the vast collection of libraries out there. See if anything from this post catches your attention.

Ember.js

ember js javascript library

Recline.js

recline js javascript framework homepage

Bootstrap v3

twitter bootstrap purple homepage v3

Scriptaculous

scriptaculous web 2.0 javascript ui framework

Node.js

node js mvc javascript framework homepage

Spine.js

spine js framework mvc project

jQuery

jquery open source javascript library website 2014

MooTools

javascript compact library open source website

Breeze.js

breeze open source javascript library breezejs

Batman.js

open source batman js script design homepage

YUI Library

yahoo user interface library javascript homepage

Prototype.js

prototype javascript open source frontpage

Sigma.js

web data network visualization javascript library sigmajs

Sammy.js

open source sammyjs library javascript website

Knockout.js

knockout js javascript mvc library homepage

Backbone.js

backbone js javascript library

Video.js

html5 javascript video player library website homepage plugin

Leaflet.js

leaflet js javascript library mobile interactive maps

Stellar.js

stellar parallax website layout homepage

Handlebars.js

handlebars semantic mustache templates open source

Annotator

annotator tool popup tooltip javascript library

Retina.js

open source javascript @2x mobile icons retinajs

qooxdoo

woozdoo website javascript framework components mobile design

iUI.js

iui javascript open source mobile ui framework

Chocolate Chip UI

chocolatechip ui mobile javascript framework css3 html5

Prefix Free

-prefix-free javascript library css3 prefixes

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