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.NET MAUI vs Electron

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

.NET MAUI

.NET MAUI

Electron

Electron

About

  • Maintainer

    Microsoft
  • Initial Release

    May 23, 2022
  • Maintainer

    OpenJS Foundation
  • Initial Release

    15 July 2013

Community

Languages

  • C#
  • 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

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

  • 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

  • Emerging Community

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

  • Learning Curve

    .NET MAUI apps are built with C#, which is easy to get started with. But MAUI itself is a complex framework with very little documentation.

  • 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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