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Apache Cordova vs NativeScript: What are the differences?

What is Apache Cordova? Platform for building native mobile applications using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. 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 NativeScript? Build truly native apps with JavaScript. NativeScript enables developers to build native apps for iOS, Android and Windows Universal while sharing the application code across the platforms. When building the application UI, developers use our libraries, which abstract the differences between the native platforms.

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
  • Code with JavaScript. Style with CSS

"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.

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 NativeScript?

NativeScript enables developers to build native apps for iOS, Android and Windows Universal while sharing the application code across the platforms. When building the application UI, developers use our libraries, which abstract the differences between the native platforms.

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      What are some alternatives to Apache Cordova and NativeScript?
      Xamarin
      Xamarin’s Mono-based products enable .NET developers to use their existing code, libraries and tools (including Visual Studio*), as well as skills in .NET and the C# programming language, to create mobile applications for the industry’s most widely-used mobile devices, including Android-based smartphones and tablets, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
      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.
      React Native
      React Native enables you to build world-class application experiences on native platforms using a consistent developer experience based on JavaScript and React. The focus of React Native is on developer efficiency across all the platforms you care about - learn once, write anywhere. Facebook uses React Native in multiple production apps and will continue investing in React Native.
      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.
      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.
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      Review ofNativeScriptNativeScript

      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.

      Review ofNativeScriptNativeScript

      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.

      How developers use Apache Cordova and NativeScript
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      papaver uses Apache CordovaApache Cordova

      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.

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      Ralic Lo uses Apache CordovaApache Cordova

      Used Apache Cordova to package single page web application written HTML/CSS/javascript as a iOS/Android application.

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      MobiBoats uses Apache CordovaApache Cordova

      Used with Ionic to support various plugins and integrations with the native environment of iOS and Android.

      Avatar of João Alvarenga
      João Alvarenga uses Apache CordovaApache Cordova

      Compilar o webapp, transformando-o em aplicativos nativos

      Avatar of Evan Luc
      Evan Luc uses Apache CordovaApache Cordova

      Cross platform mobile development framework.

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