Electron vs. MacGap

Hacker News, Reddit, Stack Overflow Stats

  • -
  • 210
  • 6.39K
  • -
  • 6
  • 2

GitHub Stats


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 MacGap?

MacGap provides HTML/JS/CSS developers an Xcode project for developing native OS X App. These Apps run in OS X's WebView and take advantage of WebKit technologies. MacGap exposes a JavaScript API for OS X integration, such as displaying native notifications or writing data to a file. MacGap is extremely lightweight and nimble; a blank application weighs less than 1MB.

Want advice about which of these to choose?Ask the StackShare community!


Why do developers choose Electron?
Why do you like Electron?

Why do developers choose MacGap?
Why do you like MacGap?


What are the cons of using Electron?
Downsides of Electron?

What are the cons of using MacGap?
No Cons submitted yet for MacGap
Downsides of MacGap?


What companies use Electron?
234 companies on StackShare use Electron
What companies use MacGap?
5 companies on StackShare use MacGap


What tools integrate with Electron?
8 tools on StackShare integrate with Electron
No integrations listed yet

What are some alternatives to Electron and MacGap?

  • Element - A Vue 2.0-based desktop UI library for developers, designers and PMs
  • Nativefier - Wrap any web page natively without even thinking, across Windows, OSX and Linux
  • React Native Desktop - React Native for OS X
  • Hazel - Lighweight update server for Electron apps

See all alternatives to Electron

Latest News

Build WebRTC desktop apps with OpenTok and Electron
Chromium RCE Vulnerability Fix
Project of the Week: Jasper

Interest Over Time