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Alternatives to Electron

Photon, React Native Desktop, React Native, React, and JavaFX are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Electron.
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What is Electron and what are its top alternatives?

With Electron, creating a desktop application for your company or idea is easy. Initially developed for GitHub's Atom editor, Electron has since been used to create applications by companies like Microsoft, Facebook, Slack, and Docker. The Electron framework lets you write cross-platform desktop applications using JavaScript, HTML and CSS. It is based on io.js and Chromium and is used in the Atom editor.
Electron is a tool in the Cross-Platform Desktop Development category of a tech stack.
Electron is an open source tool with GitHub stars and GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Electron's open source repository on GitHub

Top Alternatives to Electron

  • Photon
    Photon

    The fastest way to build beautiful Electron apps using simple HTML and CSS. Underneath it all is Electron. Originally built for GitHub's Atom text editor, Electron is the easiest way to build cross-platform desktop applications. ...

  • React Native Desktop
    React Native Desktop

    Build OS X desktop apps using React Native.

  • React Native
    React Native

    React Native enables you to build world-class application experiences on native platforms using a consistent developer experience based on JavaScript and React. The focus of React Native is on developer efficiency across all the platforms you care about - learn once, write anywhere. Facebook uses React Native in multiple production apps and will continue investing in React Native. ...

  • React
    React

    Lots of people use React as the V in MVC. Since React makes no assumptions about the rest of your technology stack, it's easy to try it out on a small feature in an existing project. ...

  • JavaFX
    JavaFX

    It is a set of graphics and media packages that enables developers to design, create, test, debug, and deploy rich client applications that operate consistently across diverse platforms. ...

  • Qt5
    Qt5

    It is a full development framework with tools designed to streamline the creation of applications and user interfaces for desktop, embedded, and mobile platforms. ...

  • pygame
    pygame

    It is a cross-platform set of Python modules designed for writing video games. It includes computer graphics and sound libraries designed to be used with the Python programming language. ...

  • Element
    Element

    Element is a Vue 2.0 based component library for developers, designers and product managers, with a set of design resources. ...

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Photon

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      React Native Desktop

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        Is native app
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        Does not include any browser
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        Memory usage reduced
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        Pretty awesome
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        Quickly convert react.js web app to desktop app
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        Open source
      CONS OF REACT NATIVE DESKTOP
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        Memory usage reduced

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      PROS OF REACT NATIVE
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        Learn once write everywhere
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        Cross platform
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        Javascript
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        Native ios components
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        Built by facebook
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        Easy to learn
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        Bridges me into ios development
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        It's just react
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        No compile
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        Declarative
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        Fast
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        Virtual Dom
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        Insanely fast develop / test cycle
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        Livereload
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        Great community
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        It is free and open source
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        Native android components
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        Easy setup
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        Backed by Facebook
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        Highly customizable
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        Scalable
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        Awesome
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        Everything component
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        Great errors
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        Win win solution of hybrid app
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        Not dependent on anything such as Angular
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        Simple
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        Awesome, easy starting from scratch
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        OTA update
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        As good as Native without any performance concerns
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        Easy to use
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        Many salary
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        Can be incrementally added to existing native apps
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        Hot reload
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        Over the air update (Flutter lacks)
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        'It's just react'
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        Web development meets Mobile development
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      CONS OF REACT NATIVE
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        Javascript
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        Built by facebook
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        Cant use CSS
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        30 FPS Limit
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        Generate large apk even for a simple app
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        Some compenents not truly native
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        Slow

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      Team Lead at Technovert · | 31 upvotes · 2.1M views

      I am starting to become a full-stack developer, by choosing and learning .NET Core for API Development, Angular CLI / React for UI Development, MongoDB for database, as it a NoSQL DB and Flutter / React Native for Mobile App Development. Using Postman, Markdown and Visual Studio Code for development.

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      I'm working as one of the engineering leads in RunaHR. As our platform is a Saas, we thought It'd be good to have an API (We chose Ruby and Rails for this) and a SPA (built with React and Redux ) connected. We started the SPA with Create React App since It's pretty easy to start.

      We use Jest as the testing framework and react-testing-library to test React components. In Rails we make tests using RSpec.

      Our main database is PostgreSQL, but we also use MongoDB to store some type of data. We started to use Redis  for cache and other time sensitive operations.

      We have a couple of extra projects: One is an Employee app built with React Native and the other is an internal back office dashboard built with Next.js for the client and Python in the backend side.

      Since we have different frontend apps we have found useful to have Bit to document visual components and utils in JavaScript.

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      React

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        Performance
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        Simplicity
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        Composable
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        Data flow
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        Declarative
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        Isn't an mvc framework
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        Reactive updates
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        Explicit app state
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        JSX
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        Learn once, write everywhere
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        Uni-directional data flow
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        Easy to Use
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        Works great with Flux Architecture
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        Great perfomance
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        Built by Facebook
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        Javascript
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        Speed
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        TypeScript support
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        Server Side Rendering
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        Cross-platform
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        Feels like the 90s
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        Easy to start
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        Hooks
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        Awesome
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        Scalable
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        Server side views
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        Fancy third party tools
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        Scales super well
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        Excellent Documentation
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        Props
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        Closer to standard JavaScript and HTML than others
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        Functional
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        Great migration pathway for older systems
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        Rich ecosystem
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        Super easy
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        Simple
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        Has functional components
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        Allows creating single page applications
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        Start simple
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        Has arrow functions
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        Strong Community
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        Beautiful and Neat Component Management
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        Just the View of MVC
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        Simple, easy to reason about and makes you productive
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        Fast evolving
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        SSR
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        Sdfsdfsdf
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        Very gentle learning curve
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        Sharable
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        Split your UI into components with one true state
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        Permissively-licensed
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        Fragments
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        Easy as Lego
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        Every decision architecture wise makes sense
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        Image upload
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        Requires discipline to keep architecture organized
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        No predefined way to structure your app
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        Need to be familiar with lots of third party packages
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        JSX
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        Not enterprise friendly
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        One-way binding only
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        State consistency with backend neglected
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        Bad Documentation
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        Paradigms change too fast

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      Adebayo Akinlaja
      Engineering Manager at Andela · | 28 upvotes · 1.4M views

      I picked up an idea to develop and it was no brainer I had to go with React for the frontend. I was faced with challenges when it came to what component framework to use. I had worked extensively with Material-UI but I needed something different that would offer me wider range of well customized components (I became pretty slow at styling). I brought in Evergreen after several sampling and reads online but again, after several prototype development against Evergreen—since I was using TypeScript and I had to import custom Type, it felt exhaustive. After I validated Evergreen with the designs of the idea I was developing, I also noticed I might have to do a lot of styling. I later stumbled on Material Kit, the one specifically made for React . It was promising with beautifully crafted components, most of which fits into the designs pages I had on ground.

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      In summary, I used the Create React App with TypeScript support and I am spending some time converting Material Kit to TypeScript before I start developing against it. All of these components are going to be hosted on Bit.

      If you feel I am crazy or I have gotten something wrong, I'll be willing to listen to your opinion. Also, if you want to have a share of whatever TypeScript version of Material Kit I end up coming up with, let me know.

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      JavaFX

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      PROS OF JAVAFX
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        Light
      CONS OF JAVAFX
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        Community support less than qt
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        Very good documentation
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        C++
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        Open source
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        Cross platform
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        pygame

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          Easy to install
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          Lightweigt by only being 12 mb
        CONS OF PYGAME
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          Has only 2d
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          Slow

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        Element

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        PROS OF ELEMENT
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          Very complete solution
        CONS OF ELEMENT
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          Buggy in parts

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