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Electron vs Nativefier: 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, Nativefier is detailed as "Wrap any web page natively without even thinking, across Windows, OSX and Linux". Nativefier is a command line tool that allows you to easily create a desktop application for any web site with succinct and minimal configuration. Apps are wrapped by Electron in an OS executable (.app, .exe, etc.) for use on Windows, OSX and Linux.

Electron and Nativefier belong to "Cross-Platform Desktop Development" category of the tech stack.

Electron and Nativefier are both open source tools. Electron with 74.4K GitHub stars and 9.72K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Nativefier with 19.9K GitHub stars and 1.13K GitHub forks.

Pros of Electron
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    Easy to make rich cross platform desktop applications
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    Open source
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    Great looking apps such as Slack and Visual Studio Code
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    Because it's cross platform
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    Use Node.js in the Main Process
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    Has a better Javascript support, and is much faster

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Cons of Electron
Cons of Nativefier
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    Uses a lot of memory
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    User experience never as good as a native app
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    Does not native
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    No proper documentation
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    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 Nativefier?

    Nativefier is a command line tool that allows you to easily create a desktop application for any web site with succinct and minimal configuration. Apps are wrapped by Electron in an OS executable (.app, .exe, etc.) for use on Windows, OSX and Linux.

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