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Create React App vs Next.js: What are the differences?

Create React App: Create React apps with no build configuration. Create React apps with no build configuration; Next.js: *A small framework for server-rendered universal JavaScript apps *. Next.js is a minimalistic framework for server-rendered React applications.

Create React App can be classified as a tool in the "Javascript UI Libraries" category, while Next.js is grouped under "Frameworks (Full Stack)".

Create React App and Next.js are both open source tools. It seems that Create React App with 69.4K GitHub stars and 15.8K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Next.js with 38.7K GitHub stars and 4.7K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Next.js has a broader approval, being mentioned in 82 company stacks & 69 developers stacks; compared to Create React App, which is listed in 24 company stacks and 67 developer stacks.

Decisions about Create React App and Next.js
Lucas Litton
Founder & CEO at Macombey · | 13 upvotes · 428.7K views

Next.js is probably the most enjoyable React framework our team could have picked. The development is an extremely smooth process, the file structure is beautiful and organized, and the speed is no joke. Our work with Next.js comes out much faster than if it was built on pure React or frameworks alike. We were previously developing all of our projects in Meteor before making the switch. We left Meteor due to the slow compiler and website speed. We deploy all of our Next.js projects on Vercel.

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Hey guys,

My backend set up is Prisma / GraphQL-Yoga at the moment, and I love it. It's so intuitive to learn and is really neat on the frontend too, however, there were a few gotchas when I was learning! Especially around understanding how it all pieces together (the stack). There isn't a great deal of information out there on exactly how to put into production my set up, which is a backend set up on a Digital Ocean droplet with Prisma/GraphQL Yoga in a Docker Container using Next & Apollo Client on the frontend somewhere else. It's such a niche subject, so I bet only a few hundred people have got a website with this stack in production. Anyway, I wrote a blog post to help those who might need help understanding it. Here it is, hope it helps!

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Pros of Create React App
Pros of Next.js
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    No config, easy to use
  • 2
    Maintained by React core team
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    Automatic server rendering and code splitting
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    Built with React
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    Easy setup
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    Universal JavaScript
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    Zero setup
  • 19
    Static site generator
  • 12
    Incremental static regeneration
  • 12
    Simple deployment
  • 11
    Just JavaScript
  • 10
    Filesystem as an API
  • 10
    Frictionless development
  • 8
    Has many examples and integrations
  • 8
    Well Documented
  • 8
    Everything is a function
  • 8
  • 7
    Isomorphic React applications
  • 3
    File based routing + hooks built in
  • 2

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Cons of Create React App
Cons of Next.js
  • 1
    No SSR
  • 8
    Structure is weak compared to Angular(2+)

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What is Create React App?

Create React apps with no build configuration.

What is Next.js?

Next.js is a minimalistic framework for server-rendered React applications.

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Create React Native App
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It is a framework and a platform for universal React applications. It is a set of tools and services built around React Native and native platforms that help you develop, build, deploy, and quickly iterate on iOS, Android, and web apps.
Brunch is an assembler for HTML5 applications. It's agnostic to frameworks, libraries, programming, stylesheet & templating languages and backend technology.
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.
React.js Boilerplate
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