Flutter vs Ionic: What are the differences?
Flutter and Ionic can be primarily classified as "Cross-Platform Mobile Development" tools.
Some of the features offered by Flutter are:
- 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.
On the other hand, Ionic provides the following key features:
- Performance obsessed
- Utilizes Angular and React
- Native focused
"Hot Reload" is the top reason why over 13 developers like Flutter, while over 234 developers mention "Allows for rapid prototyping" as the leading cause for choosing Ionic.
Flutter and Ionic are both open source tools. It seems that Flutter with 69.4K GitHub stars and 8.09K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Ionic with 38.5K GitHub stars and 13.1K GitHub forks.
Sellsuki, MAK IT, and Edify are some of the popular companies that use Ionic, whereas Flutter is used by Policygenius, pludoni GmbH, and Hybrid Heroes. Ionic has a broader approval, being mentioned in 393 company stacks & 361 developers stacks; compared to Flutter, which is listed in 41 company stacks and 146 developer stacks.