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Electron vs Kivy: What are the differences?

What is Electron? Build cross platform desktop apps with web technologies. Formerly known as Atom Shell, made by GitHub. 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.

What is Kivy? *An open source Python framework *. It is an open source Python library for rapid development of applications that make use of innovative user interfaces, such as multi-touch apps. It runs on Linux, Windows, OS X, Android, iOS, and Raspberry Pi. You can run the same code on all supported platforms.

Electron and Kivy are primarily classified as "Cross-Platform Desktop Development" and "Frameworks (Full Stack)" tools respectively.

Some of the features offered by Electron are:

  • Use HTML, CSS, and JavaScript with Chromium and Node.js to build your app.
  • Electron is open source
  • maintained by GitHub and an active community.

On the other hand, Kivy provides the following key features:

  • Cross platform
  • 100% free to use, under an MIT license
  • well documented API

Electron is an open source tool with 75.9K GitHub stars and 9.94K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Electron's open source repository on GitHub.

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Pros of Electron
Pros of Kivy
  • 65
    Easy to make rich cross platform desktop applications
  • 49
    Open source
  • 10
    Great looking apps such as Slack and Visual Studio Code
  • 4
    Because it's cross platform
  • 3
    Use Node.js in the Main Process
  • 5
    Pythonic
  • 4
    Simple
  • 4
    Readable

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Cons of Electron
Cons of Kivy
  • 17
    Uses a lot of memory
  • 8
    User experience never as good as a native app
  • 4
    No proper documentation
  • 4
    Does not native
  • 1
    Each app needs to install a new chromium + nodejs
  • 1
    Wrong reference for dom inspection
  • 2
    Same function but different name for different widgets

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What are some alternatives to Electron and Kivy?
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
Build OS X desktop apps using 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
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
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.
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