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Electron vs Proton Native: What are the differences?

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; Proton Native: A React environment for cross platform native desktop app. Create native desktop applications through a React syntax, on all platforms.

Electron and Proton Native can be categorized as "Cross-Platform Desktop Development" tools.

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, Proton Native provides the following key features:

  • Same syntax as React Native
  • Works with existing React libraries such as Redux
  • Cross platform

Electron and Proton Native are both open source tools. It seems that Electron with 74.4K GitHub stars and 9.72K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Proton Native with 8.93K GitHub stars and 268 GitHub forks.

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Pros of Electron
Pros of Proton Native
  • 66
    Easy to make rich cross platform desktop applications
  • 50
    Open source
  • 12
    Great looking apps such as Slack and Visual Studio Code
  • 6
    Because it's cross platform
  • 3
    Use Node.js in the Main Process
  • 3
    Full cross plataform
  • 3
    Very fast
  • 2
    Lightweight
  • 1
    React style
  • 1
    Is native
  • 0
    Code reuse with react native apps

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Cons of Electron
Cons of Proton Native
  • 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
  • 1
    Low community for the moment

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What is Electron?

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 Proton Native?

Create native desktop applications through a React syntax, on all platforms.

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