NativeScript vs Capacitor: What are the differences?
What is Capacitor? The Native Bridge for Cross-Platform Web Apps. Invoke Native SDKs on iOS, Android, Electron, and the Web with one code base. Optimized for Ionic Framework apps, or use with any web app framework.`.
NativeScript and Capacitor can be primarily classified as "Cross-Platform Mobile Development" tools.
Some of the features offered by NativeScript are:
- 100% Access to Native Platform API
- NativeScript is free of charge as an open source project
On the other hand, Capacitor provides the following key features:
- Build web apps that run equally well on iOS, Android, Electron, and as Progressive Web Apps
- Access the full Native SDK on each platform, and easily deploy to App Stores (and the web!)
- It provides native functionality for web apps, and is optimized for Ionic Framework
NativeScript and Capacitor are both open source tools. It seems that NativeScript with 18.4K GitHub stars and 1.37K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Capacitor with 3.79K GitHub stars and 462 GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, NativeScript has a broader approval, being mentioned in 22 company stacks & 346 developers stacks; compared to Capacitor, which is listed in 5 company stacks and 3 developer stacks.