Electron vs Flutter: What are the differences?
Electron can be classified as a tool in the "Cross-Platform Desktop Development" category, while Flutter is grouped under "Cross-Platform Mobile Development".
Some of the features offered by Electron are:
- Electron is open source
- maintained by GitHub and an active community.
On the other hand, Flutter provides the following key features:
- Fast development - Flutter's "hot reload" helps you quickly and easily experiment, build UIs, add features, and fix bug faster. Experience sub-second reload times, without losing state, on emulators, simulators, and hardware for iOS and Android.
- Expressive UIs - Delight your users with Flutter's built-in beautiful Material Design and Cupertino (iOS-flavor) widgets, rich motion APIs, smooth natural scrolling, and platform awareness.
- Access native features and SDKs - Make your app come to life with platform APIs, 3rd party SDKs, and native code. Flutter lets you reuse your existing Java, Swift, and ObjC code, and access native features and SDKs on iOS and Android.
"Easy to make rich cross platform desktop applications" is the primary reason why developers consider Electron over the competitors, whereas "Hot Reload" was stated as the key factor in picking Flutter.
Electron and Flutter are both open source tools. It seems that Electron with 74.9K GitHub stars and 9.81K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Flutter with 69.5K GitHub stars and 8.11K GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, Electron has a broader approval, being mentioned in 221 company stacks & 374 developers stacks; compared to Flutter, which is listed in 42 company stacks and 146 developer stacks.
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