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NativeScript vs Capacitor: What are the differences?

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.

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
  • Code with JavaScript. Style with CSS

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.

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Pros of Capacitor
Pros of NativeScript
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    Full compatible with ios
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    Modern
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    Access to the entire native api
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    Support for native ios and android libraries
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    Support for javascript libraries
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    Angular 2.0 support
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    Native ux and performance
  • 37
    Typescript support
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    Backed up by google and telerik
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    Css support
  • 27
    Cross-platform declarative ui and code
  • 25
    Fully open source under apache 2.0 license
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    Vuejs support
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    60fps performance
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    Powerful data visualization with native UI
  • 5
    Angular, typescript and javascript support
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    VS Code integration
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    No need for Mac to build iOS apps in Telerik Platform
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    Extended CLI support
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    Cloud builds as part of Telerik PLatform
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    Truly Object-Oriented with Typescript
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    On-device debugging
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    Extensibility
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    Easy to learn
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    0 day support for new OS updates
  • 3
    Easiest of all other frameworks
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    Live reload
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    Backed by google
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    Access to entire native api
  • 3
    Publishing modules to NPM
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    Vue.js support out of the box
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    VueJS support
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    Svelte support
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    Powerfull mobile services as part of Telerik Platform
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    Native ui with angular
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    Vue support
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    Playground
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    Hot Reload
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    HMR via webpack
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    Very small app size
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    Write once, use anywhere
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    Easy to use, support for almost all npm packages
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    Rich ecosystem
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    Compile to Apple/Google Stores via CloudCompiler
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    Has CSS ;-)
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    It works with Angular
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    Code reuse with your website
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    Dart

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Cons of Capacitor
Cons of NativeScript
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    • 5
      Lack of promotion
    • 1
      Slower Performance compared to competitors

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    What is Capacitor?

    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.`

    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 Capacitor and NativeScript?
    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.
    Flutter
    Flutter is a mobile app SDK to help developers and designers build modern mobile apps for iOS and Android.
    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.
    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.
    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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