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Capacitor vs React Native

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

Capacitor

Capacitor

React Native

React Native

About

  • Maintainer

    Ionic
  • Initial Release

    May 22, 2019
  • Maintainer

    Facebook
  • Initial Release

    March 26, 2015

Community

Languages

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

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

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

  • Native APIs

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

  • Large Community

    React Native has a very large and active developer community, which means there is plenty of documentation, tutorials, and examples available to help developers build 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

    React Native's performance is not as good as that of native apps due to the overhead introduced by the bridge between JavaScript and native code.

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