Ionic vs. Apache Cordova

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Ionic vs Apache Cordova: What are the differences?

Ionic and Cordova are not typically considered competitors. Rather, Ionic is built on top of Cordova. Cordova allows you to access native device functions using JavaScript, and is typically used in combination with a UI framework. Ionic is a front-end, mobile-optimized library that can be used to make your Cordova app look native.

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Description

What is Ionic?

Free and open source, Ionic offers a library of mobile-optimized HTML, CSS and JS components for building highly interactive apps. Built with Sass and optimized for AngularJS.

What is Apache Cordova?

Apache Cordova is a set of device APIs that allow a mobile app developer to access native device function such as the camera or accelerometer from JavaScript. Combined with a UI framework such as jQuery Mobile or Dojo Mobile or Sencha Touch, this allows a smartphone app to be developed with just HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

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Why do developers choose Ionic?
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    Why do developers choose Apache Cordova?
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    Cons

    What are the cons of using Ionic?
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    What are the cons of using Apache Cordova?
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    Why do developers choose Ionic vs Apache Cordova?

    • Fans of Cordova appreciate its selection of plugins, great community, and the ability to use JavaScript for mobile development.
    • Ionic is appreciated for its rapid prototyping, great designs, and hybrid mobile style.

    Companies

    What companies use Ionic?
    348 companies on StackShare use Ionic
    What companies use Apache Cordova?
    87 companies on StackShare use Apache Cordova

    Integrations

    What tools integrate with Ionic?
    7 tools on StackShare integrate with Ionic
    What tools integrate with Apache Cordova?
    7 tools on StackShare integrate with Apache Cordova

    What are some alternatives to Ionic and Apache Cordova?

    • React Native - A framework for building native apps with React
    • Xamarin - Create iOS, Android and Mac apps in C#
    • PhoneGap - Easilily create mobile apps using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
    • NativeScript - Build truly native apps with JavaScript

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    Customizing Ionic Apps for Web & Mobile
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