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Electron vs Tauri

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

Electron

Electron

Tauri

Tauri

About

  • Maintainer

    OpenJS Foundation
  • Initial Release

    15 July 2013
  • Maintainer

    Tauri Foundation
  • Initial Release

    June 19, 2022

Community

Languages

  • JavaScript
  • TypeScript
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Rust
  • 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

    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

    Tauri allows developers to write code once and deploy it across multiple platforms, including Mobile and Desktop. This saves development time and effort.

  • Web Technologies

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

  • Native APIs

    Tauri provides a bridge between the web technologies and the native APIs by using Rust. This means that developers can access native functionality like the menu bar, tray and much more.

  • App Size

    Tauri uses the webview component of the operating system during runtime, which means that apps built with Tauri are very small.

  • Performance

    Apps built with Tauri can be very performant due to use of Rust on the backend. Developers must be careful to avoid performance pitfalls in the frontend, however.

  • Plugins

    Tauri 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.

🛑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.

  • Emerging Community

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

  • Learning Curve

    Despite being popular, even for experienced developers can struggle to learn Rust. Developers can get away building Tauri apps without knowing Rust, but eventually they will need to learn Rust to build more complex features.

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