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Capacitor vs Flutter

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

Capacitor

Capacitor

Flutter

Flutter

About

  • Maintainer

    Ionic
  • Initial Release

    May 22, 2019
  • Maintainer

    Google
  • Initial Release

    May 12, 2017

Community

Languages

  • JavaScript
  • TypeScript
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Dart

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

    Flutter allows developers to build apps for a wide range of platforms using a single codebase, reducing development time and costs.

  • Performance

    Apps built with Flutter are fairly performant as Flutter's engine and framework are optimized to take advantage of each platform's hardware.

  • User Interface

    Flutter has built-in UI elements for both iOS and Android, allowing developers to create a consistent interface that follows the Apple and Android design guidelines.

  • Native APIs

    Flutter provides a bridge between to native APIs. This means that developers can access native functionality like the camera, accelerometer and much more.

  • Large Community

    Flutter 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.

  • Learning Curve

    Dart is not a very popular language, so developers will have to learn a new language to build apps with Flutter.

  • App Size

    Flutter apps tend to be larger than native apps due to Flutter engine being bundled with them.

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