The founders of the project describe Alpine.js as being akin to , a low-level CSS framework for building custom designs. Creator Caleb Porzio said that Alpine.js offers “a bunch of power at a crazy small size with no need to NPM install.” Developers can add behavior to any website—a server-rendered Rails app, WordPress app, static marketing site, etc.—simply by adding the <script> tag.
- Ruggedness. No virtual DOM takes over the DOM. Plus Alpine.js can be used with another library.
- Minimalism. Alpine.js is not intended for large, single-page applications.
, open source Alpine.js leverages a series of directives, such as
x-data, for declaring a new component scope, and
$refs, for retrieving DOM elements marked with
x-ref, is featured as well.