Electron vs PhantomJS: What are the differences?
Electron belongs to "Cross-Platform Desktop Development" category of the tech stack, while PhantomJS can be primarily classified under "Headless Browsers".
Some of the features offered by Electron are:
- Electron is open source
- maintained by GitHub and an active community.
On the other hand, PhantomJS provides the following key features:
- Multiplatform, available on major operating systems: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and other Unices.
- Pure headless (no X11) on Linux, ideal for continuous integration systems. Also runs on Amazon EC2, Heroku, and Iron.io.
"Easy to make rich cross platform desktop applications" is the top reason why over 50 developers like Electron, while over 12 developers mention "Scriptable web browser" as the leading cause for choosing PhantomJS.
Electron and PhantomJS are both open source tools. Electron with 74.9K GitHub stars and 9.81K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than PhantomJS with 26.9K GitHub stars and 5.7K GitHub forks.
Slack, Intuit, and InVisionApp are some of the popular companies that use Electron, whereas PhantomJS is used by Key Location, Indiegogo, and Tailor Brands. Electron has a broader approval, being mentioned in 221 company stacks & 374 developers stacks; compared to PhantomJS, which is listed in 77 company stacks and 47 developer stacks.
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