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Alternatives to React Desktop

Electron, React Native Desktop, Photon, Proton Native, and React are the most popular alternatives and competitors to React Desktop.
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What is React Desktop and what are its top alternatives?

react-desktop is a JavaScript library built ontop of Facebook's React library, which aims to bring a native desktop experience to the web, featuring many OS X El Capitan and Windows 10 components. react-desktop works perfectly with node-webkit and Electron.js, but can be used in any JavaScript powered project!
React Desktop is a tool in the Cross-Platform Desktop Development category of a tech stack.
React Desktop is an open source tool with 9K GitHub stars and 467 GitHub forks. Here’s a link to React Desktop's open source repository on GitHub

Top Alternatives to React Desktop

  • Electron

    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. ...

  • React Native Desktop

    React Native Desktop

    Build OS X desktop apps using React Native.

  • Photon

    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. ...

  • Proton Native

    Proton Native

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

  • React

    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

    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. ...

  • Qt5

    Qt5

    It is a full development framework with tools designed to streamline the creation of applications and user interfaces for desktop, embedded, and mobile platforms. ...

  • Element

    Element

    Element is a Vue 2.0 based component library for developers, designers and product managers, with a set of design resources. ...

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Electron

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Build cross platform desktop apps with JavaScript, HTML, and CSS
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    Easy to make rich cross platform desktop applications
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    Open source
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    Great looking apps such as Slack and Visual Studio Code
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    Because it's cross platform
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    Use Node.js in the Main Process
CONS OF ELECTRON
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    Uses a lot of memory
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    User experience never as good as a native app
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    Does not native
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    No proper documentation

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Slack's new desktop application was launched for macOS. It was built using Electron for a faster, frameless look with a host of background improvements for a superior Slack experience. Instead of adopting a complete-in-box approach taken by other apps, Slack prefers a hybrid approach where some of the assets are loaded as part of the app, while others are made available remotely. Slack's original desktop app was written using the MacGap v1 framework using WebView to host web content within the native app frame. But it was difficult to upgrade with new features only available to Apple's WKWebView and moving to this view called for a total application rewrite.

Electron brings together Chromium's rendering engine with the Node.js runtime and module system. The new desktop app is now based on an ES6 + async/await React application is currently being moved gradually to TypeScript. Electron functions on Chromium's multi-process model, with each Slack team signed into a separate process and memory space. It also helps prevent remote content to directly access desktop features using a feature called WebView Element which creates a fresh Chromium renderer process and assigns rendering of content for its hosting renderer. Additional security can be ensured by preventing Node.js modules from leaking into the API surface and watching out for APIs with file paths. Communication between processes on Electron is carried out via electron-remote, a pared-down, zippy version of Electron's remote module, which makes implementing the web apps UI much easier.

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The Slack desktop app was originally written us the MacGap framework, which used Apple’s WebView to host web content inside of a native app frame. As this approach continued to present product limitations, Slack decided to migrate the desktop app to Electron. Electron is a platform that combines the rendering engine from Chromium and the Node.js runtime and module system. The desktop app is written as a modern ES6 + async/await React application.

For the desktop app, Slack takes a hybrid approach, wherein some of the assets ship as part of the app, but most of their assets and code are loaded remotely.

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React Native Desktop

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PROS OF REACT NATIVE DESKTOP
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    Pretty awesome
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    Photon

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        Proton Native

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          Very fast
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          Full cross plataform
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          React style
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          Code reuse with react native apps
        CONS OF PROTON NATIVE
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          Low community for the moment

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        React

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          Components
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          Virtual dom
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          Performance
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          Simplicity
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          Composable
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          Data flow
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          Declarative
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          Isn't an mvc framework
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          Reactive updates
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          Explicit app state
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          JSX
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          Learn once, write everywhere
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          Uni-directional data flow
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          Easy to Use
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          Works great with Flux Architecture
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          Great perfomance
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          Built by Facebook
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          Javascript
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          Feels like the 90s
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          Speed
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          TypeScript support
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          Functional
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          Easy to start
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          Server side views
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          Fast evolving
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          Great migration pathway for older systems
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          SSR
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          Simple, easy to reason about and makes you productive
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          Fancy third party tools
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          Excellent Documentation
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          Scales super well
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          Just the View of MVC
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          Server Side Rendering
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          Awesome
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          Cross-platform
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          Hooks
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          Rich ecosystem
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          Split your UI into components with one true state
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          Props
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          Fragments
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          Sharable
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          Every decision architecture wise makes sense
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          Permissively-licensed
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          Super easy
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          Beautiful and Neat Component Management
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          Has functional components
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          Very gentle learning curve
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          Closer to standard JavaScript and HTML than others
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          Sdfsdfsdf
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          Strong Community
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          Has arrow functions
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          Allows creating single page applications
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          Simple
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        CONS OF REACT
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          No predefined way to structure your app
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          Need to be familiar with lots of third party packages
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          JSX
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          Not enterprise friendly
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          State consistency with backend neglected
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          One-way binding only

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        PROS OF JAVAFX
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          Light
        CONS OF JAVAFX
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          Community support less than qt
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            PROS OF ELEMENT
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            CONS OF ELEMENT
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