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Electron vs Material-UI: What are the differences?

What is Electron? 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.

What is Material-UI? React components for faster and easier web development. Build your own design system, or start with Material Design. React components for faster and easier web development. Build your own design system, or start with Material Design.

Electron belongs to "Cross-Platform Desktop Development" category of the tech stack, while Material-UI can be primarily classified under "Front-End Frameworks".

"Easy to make rich cross platform desktop applications" is the top reason why over 50 developers like Electron, while over 51 developers mention "React" as the leading cause for choosing Material-UI.

Electron and Material-UI are both open source tools. Electron with 74.9K GitHub stars and 9.8K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Material-UI with 48.6K GitHub stars and 11K GitHub forks.

Slack, Intuit, and InVisionApp are some of the popular companies that use Electron, whereas Material-UI is used by DeveloperTown, Ratio, and Chattermill. Electron has a broader approval, being mentioned in 221 company stacks & 374 developers stacks; compared to Material-UI, which is listed in 69 company stacks and 80 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 Material-UI?

It is a comprehensive guide for visual, motion, and interaction design across platforms and devices.
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What are some alternatives to Electron and Material-UI?
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.
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Cloudcraft uses Material-UIMaterial-UI

Material UI provides Cloudcraft.co with a clean, professional looking and very easy to use set of UI components build with React. The few issues we've reported to the developers have been quickly fixed each time. I highly recommend using Material UI for both consumer and enterprise web apps. The styling system in particular is very nice to work with, and allows you to easily add your own brand's look and feel throughout the UI.

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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.

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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.

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Kurzor, s.r.o. uses Material-UIMaterial-UI

We like the pure simplicity of Google's Material UI. It is simply too much overhead today to design custom UI styles.

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PawByte uses ElectronElectron

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

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Metrix Financial Reporting Solutions UG uses ElectronElectron

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

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Ralic Lo uses ElectronElectron

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

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DerEnderKeks uses Material-UIMaterial-UI

Martial UI is used by Admin-on-REST, the frontend used by Gofus.

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Ambar uses Material-UIMaterial-UI

Ambar UI is based on Material UI components

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Sunny Singh uses Material-UIMaterial-UI

Provides Material-based components.

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