Ionic vs PhoneGap vs React Native



React Native
React Native


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 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.

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.

Want advice about which of these to choose?Ask the StackShare community!

Why do developers choose Ionic?
Why do developers choose PhoneGap?
Why do developers choose React Native?
What are the cons of using Ionic?
What are the cons of using PhoneGap?
What are the cons of using React Native?
What companies use Ionic?
What companies use PhoneGap?
What companies use React Native?
What are some alternatives to Ionic, PhoneGap, and React Native?
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.
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.
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.
Flutter is a mobile app SDK to help developers and designers build modern mobile apps for iOS and Android.
Exponent lets web developers build truly native apps that work across both iOS and Android by writing them once in just JavaScript.
See all alternatives
What tools integrate with Ionic?
What tools integrate with PhoneGap?
What tools integrate with React Native?
    No integrations found
      No integrations found
        No integrations found
        Decisions about Ionic, PhoneGap, and React Native
        No stack decisions found
        Interest over time
        Reviews of Ionic, PhoneGap, and React Native
        Avatar of tonyxiao
        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 ofIonicIonic

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

        How developers use Ionic, PhoneGap, and React Native
        Avatar of Kurzor, s.r.o.
        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 Trading Log
        Trading Log uses PhoneGapPhoneGap

        We used phonegap best practices to compile and deploy our hybrid to android and ios markets.

        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 William Baker
        William Baker uses PhoneGapPhoneGap

        To release the JavaScript game Whack-A-Mol

        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.

        Avatar of Smileupps
        Smileupps uses PhoneGapPhoneGap

        to let web apps benefit of native device features

        Avatar of Eyal El.
        Eyal El. uses PhoneGapPhoneGap

        Our Apps are wrapped with PhoneGap 7 & 8

        How much does Ionic cost?
        How much does PhoneGap cost?
        How much does React Native cost?
        Pricing unavailable
        Pricing unavailable
        Pricing unavailable
        News about PhoneGap
        More news