CodePush vs fastlane: What are the differences?
CodePush: 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); fastlane: Connect all iOS deployment tools into one streamlined workflow. 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.
CodePush and fastlane are primarily classified as "Cross-Platform Mobile" and "Mobile Continuous Integration" tools respectively.
Some of the features offered by CodePush are:
- Deploy code updates directly to users
- Manage alpha, beta and production apps
- Cordova and React Native ready
On the other hand, fastlane provides the following key features:
- Connect all build tools together
- Define multiple lanes for different needs
- Jenkins Integration
CodePush and fastlane are both open source tools. fastlane with 26K GitHub stars and 3.97K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than CodePush with 3.7K GitHub stars and 393 GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, fastlane has a broader approval, being mentioned in 93 company stacks & 22 developers stacks; compared to CodePush, which is listed in 11 company stacks and 4 developer stacks.
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Fastlane is a perfect tool for the build distributions. Its pretty simple settings allow composing the app builds just with one command. For Flutter it is set up for distributing Crashlytics and Test Flight builds.