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CodeIgniter vs Laravel: What are the differences?

Developers describe CodeIgniter as "A Fully Baked PHP Framework". CodeIgniter is a proven, agile & open PHP web application framework with a small footprint. It is powering the next generation of web apps. On the other hand, Laravel is detailed as "A PHP Framework For Web Artisans". Laravel is a web application framework with expressive, elegant syntax. We believe development must be an enjoyable, creative experience to be truly fulfilling. Laravel attempts to take the pain out of development by easing common tasks used in the majority of web projects, such as authentication, routing, sessions, and caching.

CodeIgniter and Laravel belong to "Frameworks (Full Stack)" category of the tech stack.

"Mvc", "Easy setup" and "Open source" are the key factors why developers consider CodeIgniter; whereas "Clean architecture", "Growing community" and "Composer friendly" are the primary reasons why Laravel is favored.

CodeIgniter and Laravel are both open source tools. It seems that Laravel with 53.4K GitHub stars and 16.4K forks on GitHub has more adoption than CodeIgniter with 17.4K GitHub stars and 7.72K GitHub forks.

9GAG, PedidosYa, and Swat.io are some of the popular companies that use Laravel, whereas CodeIgniter is used by Buffer, Accenture, and Ola. Laravel has a broader approval, being mentioned in 831 company stacks & 773 developers stacks; compared to CodeIgniter, which is listed in 261 company stacks and 105 developer stacks.

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Needs advice
on
Laravel
Ignite UI
and
CakePHP

Hi, Which tool will you recommend:

I need to build a web application, oriented to small businesses, like a small ERP. It will have intensive use of Sql to access a PostgreSQL database. It has to be secure, as it will handle information on customers, sales, inventory.

If you think another tool will be better, please let that know.

Thanks a lot

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Krunal Shah

Laravel and Postgres will be the better solutions you can add more like Redis for caching and React/Vue for the frontend.

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Recommends
Spring Boot

Check Spring, if security and reliability is needed along with Lots of Database , check Spring Data, spring web, spring security

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Needs advice
on
Node.js
and
Laravel

What will be better Laravel or Node.js to handle a logistics portal which displays thousands (20-50k) of delivery data information in an interactive table (searchable, filterable), live delivery tracking, basic user management, and report creation?

Data comes usually in CSV (manually uploaded or via API from courier companies). Live tracking uses checks tracking numbers on the courier page using API.

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Francis Rodrigues
FullStack JavaScript Developer at PanelADM · | 4 upvotes · 32.3K views
Recommends
Node.js
Laravel

My question for you is: "Which one are you familiar with?" Following your needs, both could do it, but think about it. Now talking about Node.js, in my opinion, if you use JavaScript, there are lots of packages to support your entire project, including native ones for testing TDD and others for BDD. Also the best support on AWS (Amazon Web Services) and GCP (Google Cloud Platform).

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Needs advice
on
Node.js
Laravel
and
Django

I am looking to make a website builder web app, where users can publish built websites with a custom or subdomain (much like Wix, Weebly, Squarespace, etc.), and I was wondering about any advice on which web framework to build it on? I currently know Node.js, but I would be excited to learn Laravel or Django if those would be better options. Any advice would be much appreciated!

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The tools you mentioned are all backend focused frameworks. I will say, you can choose one of them as you may prefer (maybe Laravel and Django will be better since it's more organized than Node.js). But no matter what, if you will create a website builder application, today you'll need a frontend framework like Vue.js, React or Angular - or maybe Ember.js, Svelte and Meteor.

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Đam Lê Đình
Senior Software Engineer at NAB · | 6 upvotes · 54.6K views
Recommends
Laravel

If you use Nodejs, you should use one more frontend language like reactjs or angularjs. Laravel is the better option. They are more power for rendering.

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React
AngularJS

React or Angular bro!

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Decisions about CodeIgniter and Laravel

I am planning to develop project management system SAAS based. Can any one help me with selection of platforms from Django or Laravel and for database MongoDB or Firebase/Firestore or MySql? On front end I am going to use Quasar Framework (VueJS). Note : project will be Webapp, Mobile app and desktop app.

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washie mugo
Chose
Django
over
Laravel

i find python quite resourceful. given the bulk of libraries that python has and the trends of the tech i find django which runs on python to be the framework of choice to the upcoming web services and application. Laravel on the other hand which is powered by PHP is also quite resourceful and great for startups and common web applications.

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Christopher Wray
Web Developer at Soltech LLC · | 6 upvotes · 124.2K views

When I started on this project as the sole developer, I was new to web development and I was looking at all of the web frameworks available for the job. I had some experience with Ruby on Rails and I had looked into .net for a bit, but when I found Laravel, it felt like the best framework for me to get the product to market. What made me choose Laravel was the easy to read documentation and active community. Rails had great documentation, but lacked some features built in that I wanted out of the box, while .net had a ton of video documentation tutorials, but nothing as straightforward as Laravels. So far, I am happy with the decision I made, and looking forward to the website release!

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Pros of CodeIgniter
Pros of Laravel
  • 84
    Mvc
  • 75
    Easy setup
  • 68
    Open source
  • 60
    Well documented
  • 35
    Community support
  • 22
    Easy to learn
  • 18
    Easy
  • 12
    Fast
  • 10
    HMVC
  • 8
    Language Suppert
  • 7
    "Fast","Easy","MVC"
  • 5
    Powerful
  • 5
    Easy, fast and full functional
  • 4
    I think it is best. we can make all types of project
  • 4
    Works on Every PHP Server like shared hostings
  • 4
    Open source, Easy to setup
  • 3
    Beginner friendly framework
  • 3
    Customizable
  • 3
    Super Lightweight, Super Easy to Learn
  • 2
    CLI
  • 1
    Easily Extensible
  • 504
    Clean architecture
  • 364
    Growing community
  • 339
    Composer friendly
  • 315
    Open source
  • 295
    The only framework to consider for php
  • 194
    Mvc
  • 189
    Quickly develop
  • 155
    Dependency injection
  • 143
    Application architecture
  • 129
    Embraces good community packages
  • 57
    Write less, do more
  • 52
    Restful routing
  • 47
    Orm (eloquent)
  • 43
    Artisan scaffolding and migrations
  • 42
    Database migrations & seeds
  • 35
    Awesome
  • 33
    Great documentation
  • 25
    Awsome, Powerfull, Fast and Rapid
  • 25
    Promotes elegant coding
  • 24
    Build Apps faster, easier and better
  • 22
    Easy to learn, scalability
  • 22
    JSON friendly
  • 21
    Most easy for me
  • 21
    Eloquent ORM
  • 19
    Modern PHP
  • 19
    Test-Driven
  • 18
    Beautiful
  • 18
    Blade Template
  • 13
    Security
  • 11
    Based on SOLID
  • 11
    Clean Documentation
  • 10
    Cool
  • 10
    Easy to attach Middleware
  • 10
    Simple
  • 10
    Convention over Configuration
  • 9
    Easy Request Validatin
  • 8
    Simpler
  • 8
    Get going quickly straight out of the box. BYOKDM
  • 8
    Its just wow
  • 8
    Fast
  • 8
    Laravel + Cassandra = Killer Framework
  • 8
    Easy to use
  • 7
    Super easy and powerful
  • 7
    Friendly API
  • 7
    Less dependencies
  • 7
    Simplistic , easy and faster
  • 6
    Great customer support
  • 6
    Its beautiful to code in
  • 5
    Php7
  • 5
    Active Record
  • 5
    Fast and Clarify framework
  • 5
    Easy
  • 5
    The only "cons" is wrong! No static method just Facades
  • 5
    Speed
  • 4
    Eloquent
  • 4
    Easy views handling and great ORM
  • 4
    Minimum system requirements
  • 4
    Laravel Mix
  • 4
    Composer
  • 4
    Laragon
  • 3
    Laravel Nova
  • 3
    Laravel casher
  • 3
    Laravel Spark
  • 3
    Intuitive usage
  • 3
    Ease of use
  • 3
    Cashier with Braintree and Stripe
  • 3
    Laravel Forge and Envoy
  • 3
    Laravel Horizon and Telescope
  • 3
    Laravel Passport
  • 2
    Heart touch
  • 2
    Like heart beat
  • 2
    Touch heart artisan
  • 2
    Scout
  • 2
    Rapid development
  • 2
    Laravel love live long

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Cons of CodeIgniter
Cons of Laravel
  • 5
    No ORM
  • 1
    No CLI
  • 40
    PHP
  • 27
    Too many dependency
  • 19
    Slower than the other two
  • 15
    A lot of static method calls for convenience
  • 13
    Too many include
  • 10
    Heavy
  • 7
    Bloated
  • 6
    Laravel
  • 5
    Confusing
  • 4
    Does not work well for file uploads in Shared Hosting
  • 3
    Too underrated
  • 2
    Not fast with MongoDB
  • 1
    Difficult to learn
  • 1
    Not using SOLID principles

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What is CodeIgniter?

CodeIgniter is a proven, agile & open PHP web application framework with a small footprint. It is powering the next generation of web apps.

What is Laravel?

It is a web application framework with expressive, elegant syntax. It attempts to take the pain out of development by easing common tasks used in the majority of web projects, such as authentication, routing, sessions, and caching.

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What are some alternatives to CodeIgniter and Laravel?
WordPress
The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you’re ready for more there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine. Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call “home” — we’d love you to join the family.
Yii
Yii comes with: MVC, DAO/ActiveRecord, I18N/L10N, caching, authentication and role-based access control, scaffolding, testing, etc. It can reduce your development time significantly.
Symfony
It is written with speed and flexibility in mind. It allows developers to build better and easy to maintain websites with PHP..
Kohana
Kohana is an elegant, open source, and object oriented HMVC framework built using PHP5, by a team of volunteers. It aims to be swift, secure, and small.
CakePHP
It makes building web applications simpler, faster, while requiring less code. A modern PHP 7 framework offering a flexible database access layer and a powerful scaffolding system.
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Reviews of CodeIgniter and Laravel
Review of
Laravel

I moved from .NET and Rails to Laravel, and since then never thought to go back. I feel Laravel framework has the capability to overcome all modern frameworks.

At Soft Pyramid we are developing rich business applications using Laravel Framework, and never feel any limitation even for complex reporting.We have written REST apis, complex ERP solutions and found awsome in all areas.

How developers use CodeIgniter and Laravel
Megan Rose uses
CodeIgniter

I used CodeIgniter while working at KHM Travel Group. It was the system we used for an affiliate-based site called TravSearch, which I later replaced with a WordPress Multisite. I developed a .csv upload form to transfer all the information from the affiliate table of CodeIgniter to the user and options tables in WPMU.

bright machine uses
Laravel

The best PHP framework right now, intuitive and growing up quickly.

We use Laravel in the outer layer of our Clean Architecture codebases, whereby the domain model does not rely on the framework as a whole.

Kent Steiner uses
Laravel

See "PHP", I don't really choose to use it, but I can step in and operate in Laravel when necessary. Same goes for quite a few other PHP frameworks, including my own full-featured proprietary stack.

Gorka Llona uses
CodeIgniter

CodeIgniter is the MVC framework used for the PHP coding. Also, validation criteria for (database) table fields are the provided by CodeIgniter, and signatures for others are derived from those.

Nicholas Alexander uses
Laravel

An excellent PHP framework employing SOLID principles to rapidly develop web-site systems and connect them to databases. Custom development of admin screens for website management.

Doug Bromley uses
Laravel

A clean, easy to understand, well documented framework with excellent tools and a great community providing every imaginable extension to add functionality to your project.

Jake Taylor uses
Laravel

Laravel is the PHP framework we use. It speeds up development and simplifies a lot of PHP. Complicated at first but saves time once you're comfortable with it.

Delbin Thomas uses
CodeIgniter

It is super easy to do things in PHP using codeigniter. Used the MVC architecture to create different types of pages and modules.

Romans Malinovskis uses
CodeIgniter

Integrate with some code-igniter low-level modules through composer.

Ascendify uses
CodeIgniter

Old stack framework