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Ionic vs React Native vs NativeScript: What are the differences?

Ionic, React Native, and NativeScript are all cross-platform mobile development tools. NativeScript allows you to use Angular, TypeScript, or just JavaScript. React Native, of course, uses React, and Ionic uses Angular.

What is Ionic?

Free and open source, Ionic offers a library of mobile and desktop-optimized HTML, CSS and JS components for building highly interactive apps. Use with Angular, React, Vue, or plain JavaScript.

What is NativeScript?

NativeScript enables developers to build native apps for iOS, Android and Windows Universal while sharing the application code across the platforms. When building the application UI, developers use our libraries, which abstract the differences between the native platforms.

What is 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.
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    Why do developers choose Ionic vs React Native vs NativeScript?

    • Ionic is most popular with Angular developers, who list rapid prototyping and its ability to reuse frontend Angular code on mobile as pros.
    • React Native fans love that you can “learn once, write everywhere.” They cite its native iOS components, cross-platform capabilities, and the fact that it’s “just React” as reasons for choosing React Native.
    • NativeScript is appreciated by users who enjoy access to the entire native API, support for multiple JavaScript frameworks and libraries, and its open source status.
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    What are some alternatives to Ionic, NativeScript, and React Native?
    PhoneGap
    PhoneGap is a web platform that exposes native mobile device apis and data to JavaScript. PhoneGap is a distribution of Apache Cordova. PhoneGap allows you to use standard web technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript for cross-platform development, avoiding each mobile platforms' native development language. Applications execute within wrappers targeted to each platform, and rely on standards-compliant API bindings to access each device's sensors, data, and network status.
    Xamarin
    Xamarin’s Mono-based products enable .NET developers to use their existing code, libraries and tools (including Visual Studio*), as well as skills in .NET and the C# programming language, to create mobile applications for the industry’s most widely-used mobile devices, including Android-based smartphones and tablets, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
    Flutter
    Flutter is a mobile app SDK to help developers and designers build modern mobile apps for iOS and Android.
    Apache Cordova
    Apache Cordova is a set of device APIs that allow a mobile app developer to access native device function such as the camera or accelerometer from JavaScript. Combined with a UI framework such as jQuery Mobile or Dojo Mobile or Sencha Touch, this allows a smartphone app to be developed with just HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
    Expo
    Exponent lets web developers build truly native apps that work across both iOS and Android by writing them once in just JavaScript.
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    Decisions about Ionic, NativeScript, and React Native
    Sezgi Ulucam
    Sezgi Ulucam
    Developer Advocate at Hasura · | 6 upvotes · 290.9K views
    Apache Cordova
    Apache Cordova
    PhoneGap
    PhoneGap
    React Native
    React Native
    Flutter
    Flutter
    #JavaScript
    #MobileFrameworks
    #NativeApps

    For a front end dev like me, using a mobile framework for side projects makes more sense than writing a native app. I had used Apache Cordova (formerly PhoneGap) before (because React Native didn't exist yet), and was happy with it. But once React Native came out, it made more sense to go that way instead. It's more efficient and smooth, since it doesn't have the simulation overhead, and has more access to hardware features. It feels cleaner since you don't need to deal with #WebView, using native UI widgets directly. I also considered Flutter . It looks promising, but is relatively new to the game, and React Native seems more stable for now.

    MobileFrameworks #JavaScript NativeApps

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    leonardo silveira
    leonardo silveira
    Software Engineer at Casa Magalhães · | 4 upvotes · 86.3K views
    NativeScript
    NativeScript
    Apache Cordova
    Apache Cordova
    Vue.js
    Vue.js

    So, i am preparing to adopt NativeScript.

    For years my hybrid projects used Apache Cordova.

    "Let's avoid to maintain two teams and double the deliver velocity".

    It was good for a few years, we had those september issues, (i.e. apple broke some backward compatibility) , but for the last years, things seems to be losing the grip faster.

    Last breaking changes, for instance, seems to have a workaround, however that growing feeling that simple things can not rely on so fragile webviews keeps growing faster and faster.

    I've tested nativescript not only on it's "helloworld", but also on how do they respond on issues.

    I got tweed support. I opened an github issue and got answers on less than 10 hours (yes i did it on another timezone and very close to a weekend). I saw the faulty docs get corrected in two days.

    The bad news is i only can adopt nativescript on newer projects, since there is no budget to revamp the current solutions.

    The good news is i can keep coding on Vue.js , without vou router, but that's ok. I've already exchanged vanilla html for real native app with background magic enabled, the router can be easily reproduced.

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    Sezgi Ulucam
    Sezgi Ulucam
    Developer Advocate at Hasura · | 7 upvotes · 360.4K views
    Expo
    Expo
    Xcode
    Xcode
    React Native
    React Native
    Android Studio
    Android Studio
    Android SDK
    Android SDK

    I've recently switched to using Expo for initializing and developing my React Native apps. Compared to React Native CLI, it's so much easier to get set up and going. Setting up and maintaining Android Studio, Android SDK, and virtual devices used to be such a headache. Thanks to Expo, I can now test my apps directly on my Android phone, just by installing the Expo app. I still use Xcode Simulator for iOS testing, since I don't have an iPhone, but that's easy anyway. The big win for me with Expo is ease of Android testing.

    The Expo SDK also provides convenient features like Facebook login, MapView, push notifications, and many others. https://docs.expo.io/versions/v31.0.0/sdk/

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    React
    React
    Redux
    Redux
    AngularJS
    AngularJS
    React Native
    React Native
    redux-saga
    redux-saga
    Apache Cordova
    Apache Cordova
    #JavascriptMvcFrameworks

    We had contemplated a long time which #JavascriptMvcFrameworks to use, React and React Native vs AngularJS and Apache Cordova in both web and mobile. Eventually we chose react over angular since it was quicker to learn, less code for simple apps and quicker integration of third party javascript modules. for the full MVC we added Redux.js for state management and redux-saga for async calls and logic. since we also have mobile app along with the web, we can shere logic and model between web and mobile.

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    Vishal Narkhede
    Vishal Narkhede
    Javascript Developer at getStream.io · | 19 upvotes · 236K views
    atStreamStream
    Stream
    Stream
    React Native
    React Native
    Chat by Stream
    Chat by Stream
    JavaScript
    JavaScript
    Expo
    Expo
    styled-components
    styled-components
    Babel
    Babel

    Recently, the team at Stream published a React Native SDK for our new Chat by Stream product. React Native brings the power of JavaScript to the world of mobile development, making it easy to develop apps for multiple platforms. We decided to publish two different endpoints for the SDK – Expo and React Native (non-expo), to avoid the hurdle and setup of using the Expo library in React Native only projects on the consumer side.

    The capability of style customization is one a large deal breaker for frontend SDKs. To solve this, we decided to use styled-components in our SDK, which makes it easy to add support for themes on top of our existing components. This practice reduces the maintenance effort for stylings of custom components and keeps the overall codebase clean.

    For module bundling, we decided to go with Rollup.js instead of Webpack due to its simplicity and performance in the area of library/module providers. We are using Babel for transpiling code, enabling our team to use JavaScript's next-generation features. Additionally, we are using the React Styleguidist component documentation, which makes documenting the React Native code a breeze.

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    Gustavo Muñoz
    Gustavo Muñoz
    Web UI Developer at Globant · | 8 upvotes · 258.4K views
    Flutter
    Flutter
    React
    React
    React Native
    React Native
    Dart
    Dart
    Android Studio
    Android Studio
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio Code
    JavaScript
    JavaScript
    #Flare

    In my modest opinion, Flutter is the future of mobile development. The framework is as important to mobile as React is to the web. And seeing that React Native does not finish taking off, I am focusing all my efforts on learning Flutter and Dart. The ecosystem is amazing. The community is crazy about Flutter. There are enough resources to learn and enjoy the framework, and the tools developed to work with it are amazing. Android Studio or Visual Studio Code has incredible plugins and Dart is a pretty straight forward and easy-to-learn language, even more, if you came from JavaScript. I admit it. I'm in love with Flutter. When you are not a designer, having a framework focused on design an pretty things is a must. And counting with tools like #flare for animations makes everything easier. It is so amazing that I wish I had a big mobile project right now at work just to use Flutter.

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    Vaibhav Taunk
    Vaibhav Taunk
    Team Lead at Technovert · | 29 upvotes · 585K views
    .NET Core
    .NET Core
    Angular CLI
    Angular CLI
    React
    React
    MongoDB
    MongoDB
    Flutter
    Flutter
    React Native
    React Native
    Postman
    Postman
    Markdown
    Markdown
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio Code

    I am starting to become a full-stack developer, by choosing and learning .NET Core for API Development, Angular CLI / React for UI Development, MongoDB for database, as it a NoSQL DB and Flutter / React Native for Mobile App Development. Using Postman, Markdown and Visual Studio Code for development.

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    Reviews of Ionic, NativeScript, and React Native
    Avatar of tonyxiao
    Economics
    Review ofReact NativeReact Native

    Native iOS developer here. One of the most important thing React Native managed to accomplish is that it created a better single-platform development experience than the platform owner themselves did. It's faster and easier to develop a react native app than it is to develop an iOS app. And remember that react native is at the end of the day still native. So native views, native components, native modules. You get to pick and choose how much you want to be in JavaScript and how much you want to be in native.

    Review ofNativeScriptNativeScript

    It is using the native components to build the UI and offers the best skills reuse story. All you need to know is JS/TS and CSS. Angular 2 is also supported which leads to even more code reuse across web and mobile.This is also the best way to access the native platform APIs directly.

    Review ofNativeScriptNativeScript

    NativeScript allows you to reuse your JS skills to build Native mobile apps without any sacrifices. It takes a bit to learn about all possible features, but each time you discover a new one you can't help but get more and more excited.

    Review ofIonicIonic

    great framework,lots of resources,great community,easy to create UI

    How developers use Ionic, NativeScript, and React Native
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    Kurzor, s.r.o. uses React NativeReact Native

    React Native is great in that it reduces the overhead of writing native code based on a web app. If written in a good style, Redux part of the app can often just be copied or shared in the Native app - and it just works! What a timesaver.

    Avatar of Ryan VanBelkum
    Ryan VanBelkum uses React NativeReact Native

    The framework used to write the mobile apps in this project. I've chosen this because of the "write once run all" (ios and android) mentality.

    Avatar of Pascal Malbranche
    Pascal Malbranche uses IonicIonic

    We use Ionic as it is an awesome framework to build mobile hybrid apps with nativ access. Also Ionic has a nice community!

    Avatar of AmericanBibleSociety
    AmericanBibleSociety uses React NativeReact Native

    We are not currently using this product but we have very high interest in learning and using this for mobile apps.

    Avatar of Christian Bryant
    Christian Bryant uses IonicIonic

    Cross-Platform goodness. I am a noob here...learning how to implement Ionic is on the top of my ToDo's

    Avatar of JINJA Ltd.
    JINJA Ltd. uses React NativeReact Native

    New features of our app are developed on React Native, so we could maintain a small dev team.

    Avatar of Tana
    Tana uses React NativeReact Native

    100% of our mobile codebase is shared between iOS and Android. Using along with TypeScript.

    Avatar of papaver
    papaver uses IonicIonic

    used on a recent project, an internal custom app developed for both ios and android.

    Avatar of Grupo Gamma Peninsular, SA de CV
    Grupo Gamma Peninsular, SA de CV uses IonicIonic

    Desarrollo de aplicaciones multi-plataforma con HTML5, JavaScript y CSS3

    Avatar of AmericanBibleSociety
    AmericanBibleSociety uses IonicIonic

    We have plans to employ this frontend framework in future apps.

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