Get Advice Icon

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

Electron
Electron

2.5K
2.1K
+ 1
93
Handlebars.js
Handlebars.js

4.2K
1K
+ 1
296
Add tool

Electron vs Handlebars.js: What are the differences?

Developers describe Electron as "Build cross platform desktop apps with web technologies. Formerly known as Atom Shell, made by GitHub". With Electron, creating a desktop application for your company or idea is easy. Initially developed for GitHub's Atom editor, Electron has since been used to create applications by companies like Microsoft, Facebook, Slack, and Docker. The Electron framework lets you write cross-platform desktop applications using JavaScript, HTML and CSS. It is based on io.js and Chromium and is used in the Atom editor. On the other hand, Handlebars.js is detailed as "Minimal Templating on Steroids". Handlebars.js is an extension to the Mustache templating language created by Chris Wanstrath. Handlebars.js and Mustache are both logicless templating languages that keep the view and the code separated like we all know they should be.

Electron and Handlebars.js are primarily classified as "Cross-Platform Desktop Development" and "Templating Languages & Extensions" tools respectively.

"Easy to make rich cross platform desktop applications" is the top reason why over 50 developers like Electron, while over 102 developers mention "Simple" as the leading cause for choosing Handlebars.js.

Electron and Handlebars.js are both open source tools. It seems that Electron with 74.9K GitHub stars and 9.8K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Handlebars.js with 14.6K GitHub stars and 1.87K GitHub forks.

Typeform, Starbucks, and OpenTable are some of the popular companies that use Handlebars.js, whereas Electron is used by Slack, Intuit, and InVisionApp. Handlebars.js has a broader approval, being mentioned in 643 company stacks & 175 developers stacks; compared to Electron, which is listed in 221 company stacks and 374 developer stacks.

What is Electron?

With Electron, creating a desktop application for your company or idea is easy. Initially developed for GitHub's Atom editor, Electron has since been used to create applications by companies like Microsoft, Facebook, Slack, and Docker. The Electron framework lets you write cross-platform desktop applications using JavaScript, HTML and CSS. It is based on io.js and Chromium and is used in the Atom editor.

What is Handlebars.js?

Handlebars.js is an extension to the Mustache templating language created by Chris Wanstrath. Handlebars.js and Mustache are both logicless templating languages that keep the view and the code separated like we all know they should be.
Get Advice Icon

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

Why do developers choose Electron?
Why do developers choose Handlebars.js?

Sign up to add, upvote and see more prosMake informed product decisions

    Be the first to leave a con
    What companies use Electron?
    What companies use Handlebars.js?

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

    What tools integrate with Electron?
    What tools integrate with Handlebars.js?

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

    What are some alternatives to Electron and Handlebars.js?
    Photon
    The fastest way to build beautiful Electron apps using simple HTML and CSS. Underneath it all is Electron. Originally built for GitHub's Atom text editor, Electron is the easiest way to build cross-platform desktop applications.
    React Native Desktop
    Build OS X desktop apps using React Native.
    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.
    JavaFX
    It is a set of graphics and media packages that enables developers to design, create, test, debug, and deploy rich client applications that operate consistently across diverse platforms.
    Element
    Element is a Vue 2.0 based component library for developers, designers and product managers, with a set of design resources.
    See all alternatives
    Decisions about Electron and Handlebars.js
    StackShare Editors
    StackShare Editors
    Chromium
    Chromium
    MacGap
    MacGap
    ES6
    ES6
    Electron
    Electron
    React
    React
    Node.js
    Node.js

    The Slack desktop app was originally written us the MacGap framework, which used Apple鈥檚 WebView to host web content inside of a native app frame. As this approach continued to present product limitations, Slack decided to migrate the desktop app to Electron. Electron is a platform that combines the rendering engine from Chromium and the Node.js runtime and module system. The desktop app is written as a modern ES6 + async/await React application.

    For the desktop app, Slack takes a hybrid approach, wherein some of the assets ship as part of the app, but most of their assets and code are loaded remotely.

    See more
    StackShare Editors
    StackShare Editors
    Chromium
    Chromium
    MacGap
    MacGap
    ES6
    ES6
    Electron
    Electron
    TypeScript
    TypeScript
    React
    React
    Node.js
    Node.js

    Slack's new desktop application was launched for macOS. It was built using Electron for a faster, frameless look with a host of background improvements for a superior Slack experience. Instead of adopting a complete-in-box approach taken by other apps, Slack prefers a hybrid approach where some of the assets are loaded as part of the app, while others are made available remotely. Slack's original desktop app was written using the MacGap v1 framework using WebView to host web content within the native app frame. But it was difficult to upgrade with new features only available to Apple's WKWebView and moving to this view called for a total application rewrite.

    Electron brings together Chromium's rendering engine with the Node.js runtime and module system. The new desktop app is now based on an ES6 + async/await React application is currently being moved gradually to TypeScript. Electron functions on Chromium's multi-process model, with each Slack team signed into a separate process and memory space. It also helps prevent remote content to directly access desktop features using a feature called WebView Element which creates a fresh Chromium renderer process and assigns rendering of content for its hosting renderer. Additional security can be ensured by preventing Node.js modules from leaking into the API surface and watching out for APIs with file paths. Communication between processes on Electron is carried out via electron-remote, a pared-down, zippy version of Electron's remote module, which makes implementing the web apps UI much easier.

    See more
    Interest over time
    Reviews of Electron and Handlebars.js
    Review ofHandlebars.jsHandlebars.js

    Its easy to link handlebars with SailsJS.

    I have created a generator for it. Read through the README. Steps:-

    Install the npm package. Generate the templates using suggested command in README. Update the config/views.js file as suggested. Thats it, It works.

    https://github.com/bhaskarmelkani/sails-generate-views-hbs

    How developers use Electron and Handlebars.js
    Avatar of Chris Saylor
    Chris Saylor uses ElectronElectron

    Our application began as an HTML5 browser game, however we decided to leverage certain native parts of desktop applications by wrapping our client code into Electron. This also allowed us to not have to worry about compatibility across all the various browsers.

    Avatar of Kent Steiner
    Kent Steiner uses Handlebars.jsHandlebars.js

    Handlebars for me has taken a back seat since my full embrace of React, but previous to React it (along with its predecessor mustache) I used it heavily, both server and client side, in multiple languages.

    Avatar of HyVive
    HyVive uses ElectronElectron

    Our Web Applications are served on our Desktops by Electron. This allows us to have native apps running on our Workstations without having too many Browser Tabs open at the same time.

    Avatar of Promethean TV
    Promethean TV uses Handlebars.jsHandlebars.js

    The Handlebars templating engine is used by the Promethean TV Broadcast Center Tool to deliver dynamically generated html content from our web servers.

    Avatar of Jonathan Fries
    Jonathan Fries uses Handlebars.jsHandlebars.js

    Also used by ghost. Extensive editing of templates to keep my theme running and change what the theme does when I run into limitations.

    Avatar of PawByte
    PawByte uses ElectronElectron

    Electron is the current preferred method to convert games made in the Game Pencil Editor for desktop support.

    Avatar of Metrix Financial Reporting Solutions UG
    Metrix Financial Reporting Solutions UG uses ElectronElectron

    Implement a web-service using your favorite tools but sell a desktop application for oblivious windows users.

    Avatar of Trading Log
    Trading Log uses Handlebars.jsHandlebars.js

    Our template engine! We combined hb with a powerful cache system we built on top of it.

    Avatar of Tarun Singh
    Tarun Singh uses Handlebars.jsHandlebars.js

    Used Handlebars to decouple the html from javascript, hence makes it more manageable.

    Avatar of Ralic Lo
    Ralic Lo uses ElectronElectron

    Used Electron to package single page web application as a desktop application.

    How much does Electron cost?
    How much does Handlebars.js cost?
    Pricing unavailable
    Pricing unavailable
    News about Handlebars.js
    More news