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Capacitor vs Electron

How does Capacitor compare to Electron?
See the pros and cons of each framework, target platforms and more.

Capacitor

Capacitor

Electron

Electron

About

  • Maintainer

    Ionic
  • Initial Release

    May 22, 2019
  • Maintainer

    OpenJS Foundation
  • Initial Release

    15 July 2013

Community

Languages

  • JavaScript
  • TypeScript
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • TypeScript
  • HTML
  • CSS

Target Platforms

  • ✓ Android
  • Android Auto
  • Android TV
  • ✓ iOS
  • Linux
  • macOS
  • tvOS
  • watchOS
  • Wear Os
  • Windows
  • Android
  • Android Auto
  • Android TV
  • iOS
  • ✓ Linux
  • ✓ macOS
  • tvOS
  • watchOS
  • Wear Os
  • ✓ Windows

✅Strengths

  • Cross-platform

    Capacitor allows developers to build mobile apps for multiple platforms, including Android and iOS, using a single codebase.

  • Native APIs

    Capacitor provides a bridge between the web technologies and the native APIs of the operating systems. This means that developers can access native functionality such as camera, contacts, and file storage.

  • Web Technologies

    Developers can use web technologies like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to build mobile apps with Capacitor, which they may already be familiar with. This can make development faster and more comfortable.

  • Plugins

    Capacitor has a plugin system that allows developers to extend the functionality of their apps. There are many plugins available to help developers build apps faster.

  • Cross-platform

    Electron allows developers to write code once and deploy it across multiple platforms. This saves development time and effort.

  • Web Technologies

    Developers can use web technologies like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to build desktop apps with Electron, which they may already be familiar with. This can make development faster and more comfortable.

  • Native APIs

    Electron provides a bridge between the web technologies and the native APIs of the operating systems. This means that developers can access native functionality like the menu bar, tray and much more.

  • Large Community

    Electron has a large and active developer community, which means there is plenty of documentation, tutorials, and examples available to help developers build desktop apps.

🛑Weaknesses

  • Performance

    Apps built with Capacitor may not perform as well as those built natively due to the overhead introduced by the webview.

  • Emerging Community

    Capacitor is a relatively new framework, which means that there is not a lot of tutorials, and examples available to help developers apps.

  • Performance

    Apps built with Electron may not perform as well as those built natively due to the overhead introduced by the webview.

  • App Size

    Electron apps have Chromium and Node.js bundled with them which can make the resulting binary quite large.

  • Limited Platforms

    Electron can only target desktop environments like Windows, macOS and Linux.

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