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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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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.
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
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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

      Avatar of AmericanBibleSociety
      AmericanBibleSociety uses IonicIonic

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

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