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Electron vs React Native

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

Electron

Electron

React Native

React Native

About

  • Maintainer

    OpenJS Foundation
  • Initial Release

    15 July 2013
  • 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

    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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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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