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Electron vs Next.js: 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 Next.js? *A small framework for server-rendered universal JavaScript apps *. Next.js is a minimalistic framework for server-rendered React applications.

Electron can be classified as a tool in the "Cross-Platform Desktop Development" category, while Next.js is grouped under "Frameworks (Full Stack)".

Some of the features offered by Electron are:

  • Use HTML, CSS, and JavaScript with Chromium and Node.js to build your app.
  • Electron is open source
  • maintained by GitHub and an active community.

On the other hand, Next.js provides the following key features:

  • Zero setup. Use the filesystem as an API
  • Only JavaScript. Everything is a function
  • Automatic server rendering and code splitting

"Easy to make rich cross platform desktop applications" is the primary reason why developers consider Electron over the competitors, whereas "Automatic server rendering and code splitting" was stated as the key factor in picking Next.js.

Electron and Next.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 Next.js with 38.7K GitHub stars and 4.69K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Electron has a broader approval, being mentioned in 221 company stacks & 374 developers stacks; compared to Next.js, which is listed in 82 company stacks and 69 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 Next.js?

Next.js is a minimalistic framework for server-rendered React applications.
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    What are some alternatives to Electron and Next.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.
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    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.

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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.

    Avatar of PawByte
    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.

    Avatar of Ralic Lo
    Ralic Lo uses ElectronElectron

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

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