Need advice about which tool to choose?Ask the StackShare community!

CodePush

53
158
+ 1
0
Expo

412
475
+ 1
55
Add tool

CodePush vs Expo: What are the differences?

Developers describe CodePush as "Push code updates to your apps, instantly (by Microsoft)". CodePush is a cloud service that enables Cordova and React Native developers to deploy mobile app updates directly to their users’ devices. It works by acting as a central repository that developers can publish certain updates to (e.g. JS, HTML, CSS and image changes), and that apps can query for updates from (using our provided client SDKs). On the other hand, Expo is detailed as "Making React Native Easier". Exponent lets web developers build truly native apps that work across both iOS and Android by writing them once in just JavaScript.

CodePush belongs to "Cross-Platform Mobile Tools" category of the tech stack, while Expo can be primarily classified under "Cross-Platform Mobile Development".

CodePush and Expo are both open source tools. It seems that Expo with 6.79K GitHub stars and 793 forks on GitHub has more adoption than CodePush with 3.7K GitHub stars and 393 GitHub forks.

Discontinuity, PUBLY, and Mifos Initiative are some of the popular companies that use Expo, whereas CodePush is used by Microsoft, ZeeMee, and Alertbox. Expo has a broader approval, being mentioned in 29 company stacks & 26 developers stacks; compared to CodePush, which is listed in 11 company stacks and 4 developer stacks.

Advice on CodePush and Expo
Needs advice
on
Redux
React Native
and
Expo
in

Hello guys, I am new here. So, if I posted without specific guidelines, please ignore.

Basically, I am an iOS developer and developing native apps for the last three years. Recently, I started learning React Native to develop apps for both platforms. If anyone out there knows any useful resources that will become a better react native developer.

#newbie

See more
Replies (1)
Javier Silva Ortíz
Senior Full Stack Developer at Aleph Engineering · | 6 upvotes · 121.6K views
Recommends
Redux

Well, the first resource I would recommend you is my upcoming book by Packt Publishing, "Professional React Native", but it's due late January next year :) . Now jokes aside (the book's real by the way :) ), the easiest way to build a iOS/Android/Web app with React Native is to do: npm install -g expo-cli expo init some-project cd some-project expo eject

You might have heard of Expo, but trust me, stay away from it. Expo highest value is that it's an already pre-configured 3 platforms environment, but if you don't eject then you're vendor-locked to what Expo has to offer in iOS and Android, which is very poor compared to going full React Native on these platforms, they can't even handle Google Sign In properly and by the way, even if your app is 10 lines of code your app size will be over 40 MB if you don't eject, yep it's that bad, plus the performance is regular and the loading times slow, not to mention that you're stuck with their build service which the free tier makes you wait for hours for a free build slot. It's important to note that when ejecting you don't lose the Web, you simply do expo start --web to start your dev environment and expo build:web to build a static website that you can serve with any web server. Regarding state management, don't bother with "lifting state up" philosophies mixed with Context API to manage your state, lifting state is a great pattern and helps your codebase, Context is great to avoid prop-drilling, but NEVER mix them to achieve app-wide state management, for that, simply go for Redux or MobX, the hype is all about Redux, but I consider MobX far better in many aspects. However, as you're getting new into this I would recommend you start with Redux AND PLEASE grab yourself npm install @manaflair/redux-batch so that you can batch updates and don't bring your app to a crawl. Forget that "connect HOC" thing with React-Redux, don't bother for a second with it, go with Hooks and useSelector and useDispatch and the likes, it will make your code SO much cleaner and smaller. Adopt clean and new Hooks philosophy, avoid writing class components as much as possible and write function components augmented with Hooks.

See more
Get Advice from developers at your company using Private StackShare. Sign up for Private StackShare.
Learn More
Pros of CodePush
Pros of Expo
  • 0
    Only JS changes will be reflected
  • 14
    Free
  • 11
    Hot Reload
  • 8
    Common ios and android app setup
  • 7
    Easy to learn
  • 6
    Streamlined
  • 5
    Open Source
  • 4
    Builds into a React Native app

Sign up to add or upvote prosMake informed product decisions

Sign up to add or upvote consMake informed product decisions

What is CodePush?

CodePush is a cloud service that enables Cordova and React Native developers to deploy mobile app updates directly to their users’ devices. It works by acting as a central repository that developers can publish certain updates to (e.g. JS, HTML, CSS and image changes), and that apps can query for updates from (using our provided client SDKs).

What is Expo?

Exponent lets web developers build truly native apps that work across both iOS and Android by writing them once in just JavaScript.

Need advice about which tool to choose?Ask the StackShare community!

What companies use CodePush?
What companies use Expo?
See which teams inside your own company are using CodePush or Expo.
Sign up for Private StackShareLearn More

Sign up to get full access to all the companiesMake informed product decisions

What tools integrate with CodePush?
What tools integrate with Expo?

Sign up to get full access to all the tool integrationsMake informed product decisions

What are some alternatives to CodePush and Expo?
Bitbucket
Bitbucket gives teams one place to plan projects, collaborate on code, test and deploy, all with free private Git repositories. Teams choose Bitbucket because it has a superior Jira integration, built-in CI/CD, & is free for up to 5 users.
fastlane
fastlane lets you define and run your deployment pipelines for different environments. It helps you unify your app’s release process and automate the whole process. fastlane connects all fastlane tools and third party tools, like CocoaPods.
AppHub
Designed to give app developers a new way of deploying and updating apps, AppHub allows users to change their app on the fly. Deploys across iOS, Android, desktop and web.
Firebase
Firebase is a cloud service designed to power real-time, collaborative applications. Simply add the Firebase library to your application to gain access to a shared data structure; any changes you make to that data are automatically synchronized with the Firebase cloud and with other clients within milliseconds.
React Navigation
Start quickly with built-in navigators that deliver a seamless out-of-the box experience. Navigation views that deliver 60fps animations, and utilize native components to deliver a great look and feel.
See all alternatives