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Electron vs Photon: What are the differences?

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; Photon: Framework for Electron apps. 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.

Electron and Photon can be primarily classified as "Cross-Platform Desktop Development" tools.

Electron and Photon are both open source tools. Electron with 74.9K GitHub stars and 9.8K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Photon with 9.04K GitHub stars and 519 GitHub forks.

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 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.
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      What are some alternatives to Electron and Photon?
      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.
      Element
      Element is a Vue 2.0 based component library for developers, designers and product managers, with a set of design resources.
      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.
      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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      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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