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Ionic vs React Native: What are the differences?

Developers describe Ionic as "A beautiful front-end framework for developing cross-platform apps with web technologies like Angular and React". 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. On the other hand, React Native is detailed as "A framework for building native apps with React". 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.

Ionic and React Native belong to "Cross-Platform Mobile Development" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by Ionic are:

  • Performance obsessed
  • Utilizes Angular and React
  • Native focused

On the other hand, React Native provides the following key features:

  • Native iOS Components
  • Asynchronous Execution
  • Touch Handling

"Allows for rapid prototyping", "Hybrid mobile" and "It's angularjs" are the key factors why developers consider Ionic; whereas "Learn once write everywhere", "Cross platform" and "Javascript" are the primary reasons why React Native is favored.

Ionic and React Native are both open source tools. React Native with 78.3K GitHub stars and 17.5K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Ionic with 38.4K GitHub stars and 13.1K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, React Native has a broader approval, being mentioned in 701 company stacks & 781 developers stacks; compared to Ionic, which is listed in 392 company stacks and 350 developer stacks.

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 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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What are some alternatives to Ionic 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.
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.
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.
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Decisions about Ionic and React Native
Sezgi Uluçam
Sezgi Uluçam
Sr. Software Engineer at StackShare · | 6 upvotes · 69.7K 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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Sezgi Uluçam
Sezgi Uluçam
Sr. Software Engineer at StackShare · | 7 upvotes · 95.4K 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 · 104.5K 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 · | 6 upvotes · 30K 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 · | 26 upvotes · 106K 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 and React Native
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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 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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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JINJA Ltd. uses React NativeReact Native

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

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Tana uses React NativeReact Native

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

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papaver uses IonicIonic

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

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Grupo Gamma Peninsular, SA de CV uses IonicIonic

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

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AmericanBibleSociety uses IonicIonic

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

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