Electron vs React Native: What are the differences?
Electron belongs to "Cross-Platform Desktop Development" category of the tech stack, while React Native can be primarily classified 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, React Native provides the following key features:
- Native iOS Components
- Asynchronous Execution
- Touch Handling
"Easy to make rich cross platform desktop applications" is the top reason why over 50 developers like Electron, while over 170 developers mention "Learn once write everywhere" as the leading cause for choosing React Native.
Electron and React Native are both open source tools. React Native with 78.3K GitHub stars and 17.5K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Electron with 74.4K GitHub stars and 9.72K GitHub forks.
Yahoo!, hike, and Webedia are some of the popular companies that use React Native, whereas Electron is used by Slack, WebbyLab, and triGo GmbH. React Native has a broader approval, being mentioned in 701 company stacks & 781 developers stacks; compared to Electron, which is listed in 213 company stacks and 366 developer stacks.
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