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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 98.3K GitHub stars and 12.8K 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. ...

  • Element

    Element

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

  • 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. ...

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Photon

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      React Native Desktop

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      PROS OF REACT NATIVE DESKTOP
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        Pretty awesome
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        Is native app
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        Memory usage reduced
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        Quickly convert react.js web app to desktop app
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        Open source
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        Does not include any browser
      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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        No compile
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        It's just react
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        Declarative
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        Fast
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        Livereload
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        Virtual Dom
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        Insanely fast develop / test cycle
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        Easy setup
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        Great community
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        Backed by Facebook
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        It is free and open source
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        Native android components
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        Highly customizable
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        Awesome
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        Scalable
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        Win win solution of hybrid app
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        Everything component
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        Great errors
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        Simple
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        Not dependent on anything such as Angular
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        OTA update
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        Awesome, easy starting from scratch
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        As good as Native without any performance concerns
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        Easy to use
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        Web development meets Mobile development
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        'It's just react'
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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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        Ngon
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        Nigger
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        Ful
      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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        Some compenents not truly native
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        Generate large apk even for a simple app
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        Slow

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      Vaibhav Taunk
      Team Lead at Technovert · | 31 upvotes · 1.6M 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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      Ganesa Vijayakumar
      Full Stack Coder | Module Lead · | 19 upvotes · 2.4M views

      I'm planning to create a web application and also a mobile application to provide a very good shopping experience to the end customers. Shortly, my application will be aggregate the product details from difference sources and giving a clear picture to the user that when and where to buy that product with best in Quality and cost.

      I have planned to develop this in many milestones for adding N number of features and I have picked my first part to complete the core part (aggregate the product details from different sources).

      As per my work experience and knowledge, I have chosen the followings stacks to this mission.

      UI: I would like to develop this application using React, React Router and React Native since I'm a little bit familiar on this and also most importantly these will help on developing both web and mobile apps. In addition, I'm gonna use the stacks JavaScript, jQuery, jQuery UI, jQuery Mobile, Bootstrap wherever required.

      Service: I have planned to use Java as the main business layer language as I have 7+ years of experience on this I believe I can do better work using Java than other languages. In addition, I'm thinking to use the stacks Node.js.

      Database and ORM: I'm gonna pick MySQL as DB and Hibernate as ORM since I have a piece of good knowledge and also work experience on this combination.

      Search Engine: I need to deal with a large amount of product data and it's in-detailed info to provide enough details to end user at the same time I need to focus on the performance area too. so I have decided to use Solr as a search engine for product search and suggestions. In addition, I'm thinking to replace Solr by Elasticsearch once explored/reviewed enough about Elasticsearch.

      Host: As of now, my plan to complete the application with decent features first and deploy it in a free hosting environment like Docker and Heroku and then once it is stable then I have planned to use the AWS products Amazon S3, EC2, Amazon RDS and Amazon Route 53. I'm not sure about Microsoft Azure that what is the specialty in it than Heroku and Amazon EC2 Container Service. Anyhow, I will do explore these once again and pick the best suite one for my requirement once I reached this level.

      Build and Repositories: I have decided to choose Apache Maven and Git as these are my favorites and also so popular on respectively build and repositories.

      Additional Utilities :) - I would like to choose Codacy for code review as their Startup plan will be very helpful to this application. I'm already experienced with Google CheckStyle and SonarQube even I'm looking something on Codacy.

      Happy Coding! Suggestions are welcome! :)

      Thanks, Ganesa

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      React

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      PROS OF REACT
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        Components
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        Virtual dom
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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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        TypeScript support
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        Speed
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        Feels like the 90s
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        Scalable
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        Easy to start
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        Awesome
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        Fancy third party tools
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        Hooks
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        Functional
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        Server side views
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        Props
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        Rich ecosystem
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        Obama
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        Very gentle learning curve
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        Has functional components
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        Simple
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        Closer to standard JavaScript and HTML than others
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        Super easy
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        Has arrow functions
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        Strong Community
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        Great migration pathway for older systems
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        SSR
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        Fast evolving
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        Simple, easy to reason about and makes you productive
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        Excellent Documentation
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        Scales super well
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        Just the View of MVC
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        Server Side Rendering
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        Cross-platform
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        Fragments
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        Start simple
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        Every decision architecture wise makes sense
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        Permissively-licensed
      • 1
        Beautiful and Neat Component Management
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        Sdfsdfsdf
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        Allows creating single page applications
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        Split your UI into components with one true state
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        Sharable
      CONS OF REACT
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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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      Adebayo Akinlaja
      Engineering Manager at Andela · | 26 upvotes · 717.5K 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.

      A major problem of Material Kit for me is it isn't written in TypeScript and there isn't any plans to support its TypeScript version. I rolled up my sleeve and started converting their components to TypeScript and if you'll ask me, I am still on it.

      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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        Complicated

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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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          pygame

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          Open Source python programming language library for making multimedia applications
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          PROS OF PYGAME
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            Easy to install
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            Simple
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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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