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Electron vs PhantomJS: What are the differences?

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1. **Platform**: Electron is a framework for building cross-platform desktop applications using web technologies, while PhantomJS is a headless browser scriptable with JavaScript. 
2. **Rendering Engine**: Electron uses the Chromium rendering engine for its applications, which allows for modern web features and compatibility, whereas PhantomJS uses WebKit for its headless browsing capabilities. 
3. **Usage**: Electron is commonly used for creating desktop applications, whereas PhantomJS is often used for automated testing, web scraping, and other headless browsing tasks. 
4. **Community Support**: Electron has a larger and more active community compared to PhantomJS, providing better support, updates, and resources for developers. 
5. **Development Environment**: Electron provides a full development environment with tools like Electron Forge, while PhantomJS is more focused on its headless browsing functionality without extensive development support.
6. **Future Development**: Electron is actively maintained and continues to evolve, while PhantomJS development has been halted, with the project being deprecated in favor of other alternatives like Headless Chrome.

In Summary, Electron is a framework for building cross-platform desktop applications using web technologies, while PhantomJS is a headless browser scriptable with JavaScript, each with distinct purposes and features for developers to consider. 
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I am using Node 12 for server scripting and have a function to generate PDF and send it to a browser. Currently, we are using PhantomJS to generate a PDF. Some web post shows that we can achieve PDF generation using Puppeteer. I was a bit confused. Should we move to puppeteerJS? Which one is better with NodeJS for generating PDF?

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You better go with puppeteer. It is basically chrome automation tool, written in nodejs. So what you get is PDF, generated by chrome itself. I guess there is hardly better PDF generation tool for the web. Phantomjs is already more or less outdated as technology. It uses some old webkit port that's quite behind in terms of standards and features. It can be replaced with puppeteer for every single task.

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I suggest puppeteer to go for. It is simple and easy to set up. Only limitaiton is it can be used only for chrome browser and currently they are looking into expanding into FF. The next thing is Playwright which is just a scale up of Puppeteer. It supports cross browsers.

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Pros of Electron
Pros of PhantomJS
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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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    Scriptable web browser
  • 3
    Depends on QT
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    No ECMAScript 6

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Cons of Electron
Cons of PhantomJS
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    Uses a lot of memory
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    User experience never as good as a native app
  • 4
    No proper documentation
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    Does not native
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    Each app needs to install a new chromium + nodejs
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    Wrong reference for dom inspection
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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 PhantomJS?

    PhantomJS is a headless WebKit scriptable with JavaScript. It is used by hundreds of developers and dozens of organizations for web-related development workflow.

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