Pure vs Tailwind CSS: What are the differences?
What is Pure? A set of small, responsive CSS modules that you can use in every web project. Pure is meant to be a starting point for every website or web app. We take care of all the CSS work that every site needs, without making it look cookie-cutter.
What is Tailwind CSS? A utility-first CSS framework for rapid UI development. Tailwind is different from frameworks like Bootstrap, Foundation, or Bulma in that it's not a UI kit. It doesn't have a default theme, and there are no build-in UI components. It comes with a menu of predesigned widgets to build your site with, but doesn't impose design decisions that are difficult to undo.
Pure and Tailwind CSS can be categorized as "Front-End Frameworks" tools.
Some of the features offered by Pure are:
- A responsive grid that can be customized to your needs
- A solid base built on Normalize.css to fix cross-browser compatibility issues
- Consistently styled buttons that work with and
On the other hand, Tailwind CSS provides the following key features:
- No default theme
- No build-in UI components
- No opinion about how your site should look
"Lightweight" is the primary reason why developers consider Pure over the competitors, whereas "Highly customizable" was stated as the key factor in picking Tailwind CSS.
Pure and Tailwind CSS are both open source tools. It seems that Pure with 20.1K GitHub stars and 2.07K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Tailwind CSS with 12.9K GitHub stars and 586 GitHub forks.