capacitor VS react-native

Compare capacitor vs react-native and see what are their differences.

capacitor

Build cross-platform Native Progressive Web Apps for iOS, Android, and the Web ⚡️ (by ionic-team)

react-native

A framework for building native applications using React (by facebook)
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capacitor react-native
53 211
6,738 100,669
3.2% 1.2%
9.0 9.9
6 days ago 1 day ago
Java JavaScript
GNU General Public License v3.0 or later GNU General Public License v3.0 or later
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capacitor

Posts with mentions or reviews of capacitor. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-12-15.
  • What's the best way to extend a website to a mobile app
    1 project | reddit.com/r/reactjs | 26 Jan 2022
    I've no experience with it, but perhaps have a look at https://capacitorjs.com/
  • A-Frame to APK for Oculus?
    1 project | reddit.com/r/LearnXR | 26 Jan 2022
    I'm wondering if it's possible to convert an A-Frame game into an APK that could be played on an Oculus Quest? Could I make local references then use something like https://capacitorjs.com/ or https://android-js.github.io/ to create an APK, then run it on my Quest 2?
  • Cordova Js in 2021
    1 project | reddit.com/r/appdev | 27 Dec 2021
    For apps that were created using Cordova, Capacitor would be a good replacement. It’s like Cordova (and even generally compatible with Cordova plugins), but was created to remove some of the awkwardness of using Cordova. Many of the most-used Cordova plugins have been rewritten as native Capacitor plugins, and Capacitor and the Core plugins are maintained by Ionic. Migrating from Cordova is fairly quick and easy, unless you’re using some obscure Cordova plugin.
  • Does anyone have experience converting their Vue web app to a mobile app?
    1 project | reddit.com/r/vuejs | 24 Dec 2021
    I'm currently looking at https://capacitorjs.com/ which seems cool. I'm just curious if anyone has successfully implemented this and what sort of challenges/limitations were encountered along the way.
  • Has anyone migrated AWAY from Flutter?
    6 projects | reddit.com/r/FlutterDev | 15 Dec 2021
    As for compiling natively, I wish more devs knew about Capacitor and Tauri. Capacitor is Ionic’s spiritual successor to Cordova, and Tauri is a Rust-based framework. Both run as native apps, and use the device’s native webview renderer for any html/css/js, and are thus framework-agnostic. This solution also makes my stack more modular and allows me to integrate js pkgs/Rust/wasm as I need. I’d love to see a performance comparison between Flutter and SvelteKit+Capacitor and Tauri. I suspect that Flutter’s past advantages of portability and performance aren’t as far ahead as they used to be. Or they just don’t compel me as much.
    6 projects | reddit.com/r/FlutterDev | 15 Dec 2021
    Try Capacitor!
  • Stock research "app" with React and Capacitor
    1 project | reddit.com/r/webdev | 4 Dec 2021
    "App" in quotes because I'm a web dev and don't know how to do real mobile development. The core webapp is built with React. Then, I'm using Capacitor to bundle and ship those HTML, CSS, and JS files to the App Store + Google Play. To the end user, it should just appear as a typical native app. I think it's pretty cool that the tooling exists now for us to do this nowadays. For the product itself, it's a stock research tool called Bloom. Our goal is that, when you’re looking to make a long term stock trade, you can use Bloom to do the research, find the relevant info with less noise, and ultimately save time. We want to improve on mainstream apps like Yahoo Finance, by focusing specifically on users that are looking to make longer term investments. This lets us deliver only the relevant info, without noise, ads, and clickbait. So outside of the basic functionality you would expect, like a watchlist, search, charts, and stats, here are some of Bloom’s unique features:
  • If Kizuna is released as an iOS app, can it/will it use HoloHost? Generally: can APPs use HoloHost?
    1 project | reddit.com/r/holohost | 19 Nov 2021
    However, we can emulate the current phone app experience by treating whichever frontend like a browser. That’s basically what many apps are today: specialized browsers that make particular API calls [instead of general-purpose browsers]. The backend still essentially works in the same manner here; it’s just being run by another host, who makes and validates entries on behalf of the agent. Kizuna is using this strategy initially. They’re shipping their mobile frontend with Capacitor.js, which I plan to use too!
  • New version of audioserve!
    1 project | reddit.com/r/audiosilo | 4 Nov 2021
    In other news, with the shit show that PWA seems to be on ios (I have an iphone, so it's important for me that it works on ios) I ordered a mac mini m1 so I could try getting it working in an app, probably with the use of Capacitor: Cross-platform native runtime for web apps (capacitorjs.com) it will just take a bit of time.
  • Capacitor: Cross-platform native runtime for web apps
    3 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 29 Oct 2021

react-native

Posts with mentions or reviews of react-native. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-01-25.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing capacitor and react-native you can also consider the following projects:

Quasar Framework - Quasar Framework - Build high-performance VueJS user interfaces in record time

NativeScript - NativeScript empowers you to access native platform APIs from JavaScript directly. Angular, Capacitor, Ionic, React, Svelte, Vue and you name it compatible.

Electron - :electron: Build cross-platform desktop apps with JavaScript, HTML, and CSS

vite-plugin-rsw - 🦀 wasm-pack plugin for Vite

Titanium - 🚀 Native iOS- and Android- Apps with JavaScript

Flutter - Flutter makes it easy and fast to build beautiful apps for mobile and beyond

svelte-capacitor - Build hybrid mobile apps using Svelte and CapacitorJS with live reloading on Android and iOS!

Ionic Framework - A powerful cross-platform UI toolkit for building native-quality iOS, Android, and Progressive Web Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

spine - Lightweight MVC library for building JavaScript applications

Apache Cordova - Apache Cordova Android

react-native-webview - React Native Cross-Platform WebView

obsidian-calendar-plugin - Simple calendar widget for Obsidian.