Ionic vs. Apache Cordova vs. PhoneGap

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What is Ionic?

Free and open source, Ionic offers a library of mobile and desktop-optimized HTML, CSS and JS components for building highly interactive apps. Use with Angular, React, Vue, or plain JavaScript.

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.

What is PhoneGap?

PhoneGap is a web platform that exposes native mobile device apis and data to JavaScript. PhoneGap is a distribution of Apache Cordova. PhoneGap allows you to use standard web technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript for cross-platform development, avoiding each mobile platforms' native development language. Applications execute within wrappers targeted to each platform, and rely on standards-compliant API bindings to access each device's sensors, data, and network status.
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What are the cons of using Apache Cordova?
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What companies use Ionic?
542 companies on StackShare use Ionic
What companies use Apache Cordova?
131 companies on StackShare use Apache Cordova
What companies use PhoneGap?
119 companies on StackShare use PhoneGap
What tools integrate with Ionic?
9 tools on StackShare integrate with Ionic
What tools integrate with Apache Cordova?
8 tools on StackShare integrate with Apache Cordova
What tools integrate with PhoneGap?
5 tools on StackShare integrate with PhoneGap

What are some alternatives to Ionic, Apache Cordova, and PhoneGap?

  • React Native - A framework for building native apps with React
  • Xamarin - Create iOS, Android and Mac apps in C#
  • NativeScript - Build truly native apps with JavaScript
  • Flutter - Cross-platform mobile framework from Google

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