Apache Cordova vs NativeScript: What are the differences?
Apache Cordova and NativeScript can be categorized as "Cross-Platform Mobile Development" tools.
Some of the features offered by Apache Cordova are:
- Cross-platform (CLI) workflow
- Platform-centered workflow
- Hundreds of plugins
On the other hand, NativeScript provides the following key features:
- 100% Access to Native Platform API
- NativeScript is free of charge as an open source project
"Lots of plugins" is the top reason why over 31 developers like Apache Cordova, while over 55 developers mention "Access to the entire native api" as the leading cause for choosing NativeScript.
Apache Cordova and NativeScript are both open source tools. It seems that NativeScript with 17.1K GitHub stars and 1.26K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Apache Cordova with 762 GitHub stars and 327 GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, Apache Cordova has a broader approval, being mentioned in 96 company stacks & 45 developers stacks; compared to NativeScript, which is listed in 10 company stacks and 23 developer stacks.
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It is using the native components to build the UI and offers the best skills reuse story. All you need to know is JS/TS and CSS. Angular 2 is also supported which leads to even more code reuse across web and mobile.This is also the best way to access the native platform APIs directly.
NativeScript allows you to reuse your JS skills to build Native mobile apps without any sacrifices. It takes a bit to learn about all possible features, but each time you discover a new one you can't help but get more and more excited.
used in conjunction with ionic to build out ios and android app for a client. a little slow to run on devices but saves a ton on development time.
Used with Ionic to support various plugins and integrations with the native environment of iOS and Android.