Need advice about which tool to choose?Ask the StackShare community!

Meteor

1.8K
1.8K
+ 1
1.7K
Next.js

4.1K
3.6K
+ 1
278
Add tool

Meteor vs Next.js: What are the differences?

Developers describe Meteor as "An ultra-simple, database-everywhere, data-on-the-wire, pure-Javascript web framework". A Meteor application is a mix of JavaScript that runs inside a client web browser, JavaScript that runs on the Meteor server inside a Node.js container, and all the supporting HTML fragments, CSS rules, and static assets. On the other hand, Next.js is detailed as "*A small framework for server-rendered universal JavaScript apps *". Next.js is a minimalistic framework for server-rendered React applications.

Meteor and Next.js can be categorized as "Frameworks (Full Stack)" tools.

Some of the features offered by Meteor are:

  • Pure JavaScript
  • Live page updates
  • Clean, powerful data synchronization

On the other hand, Next.js provides the following key features:

  • Zero setup. Use the filesystem as an API
  • Only JavaScript. Everything is a function
  • Automatic server rendering and code splitting

"Real-time" is the top reason why over 244 developers like Meteor, while over 9 developers mention "Automatic server rendering and code splitting" as the leading cause for choosing Next.js.

Meteor and Next.js are both open source tools. It seems that Meteor with 41.2K GitHub stars and 5.03K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Next.js with 38.7K GitHub stars and 4.69K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Meteor has a broader approval, being mentioned in 195 company stacks & 156 developers stacks; compared to Next.js, which is listed in 82 company stacks and 69 developer stacks.

Decisions about Meteor and Next.js

We choose Next.js for our React framework because it's very minimal and has a very organized file structure. Also, it offers key features like zero setups, automatic server rendering and code splitting, typescript support. Our app requires some loading time to process the video, server-side rendering will allow our website to display faster than client-side rending.

See more

We’re a new startup so we need to be able to deliver quick changes as we find our product market fit. We’ve also got to ensure that we’re moving money safely, and keeping perfect records. The technologies we’ve chosen mix mature but well maintained frameworks like Django, with modern web-first and api-first front ends like GraphQL, NextJS, and Chakra. We use a little Golang sparingly in our backend to ensure that when we interact with financial services, we do so with statically compiled, strongly typed, and strictly limited and reviewed code.

You can read all about it in our linked blog post.

See more
Lucas Litton
Founder & CEO at Macombey · | 13 upvotes · 395.4K views

Next.js is probably the most enjoyable React framework our team could have picked. The development is an extremely smooth process, the file structure is beautiful and organized, and the speed is no joke. Our work with Next.js comes out much faster than if it was built on pure React or frameworks alike. We were previously developing all of our projects in Meteor before making the switch. We left Meteor due to the slow compiler and website speed. We deploy all of our Next.js projects on Vercel.

See more

Hey guys,

My backend set up is Prisma / GraphQL-Yoga at the moment, and I love it. It's so intuitive to learn and is really neat on the frontend too, however, there were a few gotchas when I was learning! Especially around understanding how it all pieces together (the stack). There isn't a great deal of information out there on exactly how to put into production my set up, which is a backend set up on a Digital Ocean droplet with Prisma/GraphQL Yoga in a Docker Container using Next & Apollo Client on the frontend somewhere else. It's such a niche subject, so I bet only a few hundred people have got a website with this stack in production. Anyway, I wrote a blog post to help those who might need help understanding it. Here it is, hope it helps!

See more

This basically came down to two things: performance on compute-heavy tasks and a need for good tooling. We used to have a Meteor based Node.js application which worked great for RAD and getting a working prototype in a short time, but we felt pains trying to scale it, especially when doing anything involving crunching data, which Node sucks at. We also had bad experience with tooling support for doing large scale refactorings in Javascript compared to the best-in-class tools available for Java (IntelliJ). Given the heavy domain and very involved logic we wanted good tooling support to be able to do great refactorings that are just not possible in Javascript. Java is an old warhorse, but it performs fantastically and we have not regretted going down this route, avoiding "enterprise" smells and going as lightweight as we can, using Jdbi instead of Persistence API, a homegrown Actor Model library for massive concurrency, etc ...

See more
Get Advice from developers at your company using StackShare Enterprise. Sign up for StackShare Enterprise.
Learn More
Pros of Meteor
Pros of Next.js
  • 252
    Real-time
  • 200
    Full stack, one language
  • 183
    Best app dev platform available today
  • 155
    Data synchronization
  • 152
    Javascript
  • 118
    Focus on your product not the plumbing
  • 107
    Hot code pushes
  • 106
    Open source
  • 102
    Live page updates
  • 92
    Latency compensation
  • 39
    Ultra-simple development environment
  • 29
    Real time awesome
  • 29
    Smart Packages
  • 23
    Great for beginners
  • 22
    Direct Cordova integration
  • 16
    Better than Rails
  • 15
    Less moving parts
  • 13
    It's just amazing
  • 10
    Blaze
  • 8
    Great community support
  • 8
    Plugins for everything
  • 6
    One command spits out android and ios ready apps.
  • 5
    0 to Production in no time
  • 5
    It just works
  • 4
    Easy deployment
  • 4
    Coding Speed
  • 4
    Is Agile in development hybrid(mobile/web)
  • 4
    You can grok it in a day. No ng nonsense
  • 2
    One Code => 3 Platforms: Web, Android and IOS
  • 2
    AngularJS Integration
  • 2
    Easy yet powerful
  • 2
    Community
  • 1
    Real time
  • 1
    Hookie friendly
  • 1
    High quality, very few bugs
  • 1
    Easy Setup
  • 1
    Free
  • 1
    Friendly to use
  • 1
    Stack available on Codeanywhere
  • 1
    Nosql
  • 42
    Automatic server rendering and code splitting
  • 36
    Built with React
  • 30
    Easy setup
  • 23
    Universal JavaScript
  • 21
    Zero setup
  • 21
    TypeScript
  • 17
    Static site generator
  • 11
    Simple deployment
  • 11
    Incremental static regeneration
  • 10
    Just JavaScript
  • 9
    Filesystem as an API
  • 9
    Frictionless development
  • 8
    Testing
  • 7
    Well Documented
  • 7
    Everything is a function
  • 7
    Isomorphic React applications
  • 6
    Has many examples and integrations
  • 2
    File based routing + hooks built in
  • 1
    Deployment

Sign up to add or upvote prosMake informed product decisions

Cons of Meteor
Cons of Next.js
  • 5
    Does not scale well
  • 4
    Hard to debug issues on the server-side
  • 4
    Heavily CPU bound
  • 8
    Structure is weak compared to Angular(2+)

Sign up to add or upvote consMake informed product decisions

- No public GitHub repository available -

What is Meteor?

A Meteor application is a mix of JavaScript that runs inside a client web browser, JavaScript that runs on the Meteor server inside a Node.js container, and all the supporting HTML fragments, CSS rules, and static assets.

What is Next.js?

Next.js is a minimalistic framework for server-rendered React applications.

Need advice about which tool to choose?Ask the StackShare community!

What companies use Meteor?
What companies use Next.js?
See which teams inside your own company are using Meteor or Next.js.
Sign up for StackShare EnterpriseLearn More

Sign up to get full access to all the companiesMake informed product decisions

What tools integrate with Meteor?
What tools integrate with Next.js?

Sign up to get full access to all the tool integrationsMake informed product decisions

Blog Posts

What are some alternatives to Meteor and Next.js?
React
Lots of people use React as the V in MVC. Since React makes no assumptions about the rest of your technology stack, it's easy to try it out on a small feature in an existing project.
Angular 2
It is a TypeScript-based open-source web application framework. It is a development platform for building mobile and desktop web applications.
Node.js
Node.js uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and efficient, perfect for data-intensive real-time applications that run across distributed devices.
Django
Django is a high-level Python Web framework that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design.
ASP.NET
.NET is a developer platform made up of tools, programming languages, and libraries for building many different types of applications.
See all alternatives