React Native vs Flutter

By | April 9, 2019
React Native vs Flutter

To build a mobile application developer learn Java or Kotlin or swift so they can develop an app which can run on a particular platform. For Android, you can learn Java or Kotlin and for IOS you can learn swift but what if I tell you that you can make mobile applications for every platform with the help of HTML, CSS and JavaScript skill. Yes, it sounds a little strange that how can we make application with the Help of Front-end web development tool, this is possible with the help of mobile application Frameworks.

In this article, we are going to compare two Mobile Application Frameworks which are React Native and Flutter created by two Giants Facebook and Google for the increasing demand for Mobile application across the Globe.


Mobile Application Frameworks

Mobile Application Frameworks are used to create Hybrid Applications for cross platforms. The Applications created by Mobile Application Frameworks (React native or Flutter) are not created for a specific platform like Android or IOS but for the cross-platform and they need a browser to run them. Yes, basically the Mobile Application Frameworks like React Native or Flutter used to create a web application which gives the same interface like the Native application on your Operating system. The Applications created by the Mobile Application Frameworks known as Hybrid Application and the Application that has been created by using Java or Kotlin or Swift are known as Native application.

For instance, if you open the Facebook app that has installed in your IOS or Android device have the same interface if you open on your IOS or Android browser.

That’s enough about Mobile Application Frameworks let’s Discuss the main topic of this article which is React Native or Flutter. But before the Quick comparison of React Native and Flutter lets have a look at the History of both Frameworks.

React Native

It is an Open Source Mobile Application Framework created by Facebook. It is the most widely used framework for the development of cross-platform mobile applications. React Native was first introduced on 26th March 2015 and since then it attracts a lot of developer to code on it and makes many amazing applications. The React Native use JavaScript to build the Cross-platform Applications.

Some Big tech Application use React Native:

  • Facebook
  • Facebook Ads
  • Walmart
  • Bloomberg
  • Instagram
  • SoundCloud
  • Townske
  • Gyroscope
  • Wix


Flutter is an open-source Mobile Application Framework created by Google because of the increasing demand of Android App which could run on IOS platform. Google release it in May 2017. Google has used C, C++, Dart and Skia Graphic Engines to but this framework. As Flutter is release recently which make it a little less popular as compared to the React Native but developers are admiring its performance and the community of Flutter is growing day by Day.

Some Big Tech Application uses Flutter

  • GeekyAnts
  • Yakka
  • Droids on Roids
  • Appinventiv
  • BrainMobi
  • Intellivita

React Native Vs Flutter

Here we are going to give you a brief comparison of React Native and Flutter. We would not compare them on the nitty-gritty of their technical term but the comparison will be done on the basic performance and popularity, so a beginner can get some enough information and idea which framework to choose or which not for their future career and projects.

Parameters React Native Flutter
Developed by Facebook Google
Language use React Native use JavaScript to make the cross-platform Application While you need to learn a programming language Dart if you want to work with Flutter.
Installation To install the React Native you can use Node Package Manager. And if you have some good Experience with JavaScript you won’t find much difficulty to install React Native To use Flutter, you need to download the binary for a Specific Platform which you get in GitHub.

In MacOS you can download the file and Add a path variable. The installation part could be tricky and complicated with Flutter.  But once it has done you are free to use it.

User Interface (UI) Components User interface (UI) components are the most important factor in the term of designing an Information device and the React Native does not provide you that many UI components On the Other hand, Flutter have many UI components which can help you to enhances the interface of the Application that you are creating
Speed With Virtual DOM the Performance speed of React Native is very Impressive. The performance Speed of Flutter is quite good but not as React Native.
Productivity As to start with React Native you Just need to have some experience with JavaScript and you are good to go. As JavaScript is quite Popular among the Developers that make React Native more productive. To work with Flutter you need to learn Dart which is a programming language and not that much famous among the Developer which has affected the productivity of Flutter.
Reload Feature Reload feature is just like compiling a programme but reloading makes it faster as compare to compiling and React Native support this Feature Flutter support it too.
Testing Testing is used to get quick feedback about the written code and in React Native it has no official support for UI level testing While on the other hand, Flutter has testing features
Community React Native is an Old player in the field of Mobile Application Frameworks which make it gained some community across the globe Google has just introduced Flutter in 2017 it does not have that much great community support like React Native but its community is growing day by day.

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For now, it’s clear that React Native is dominating the Mobile Application Framework and if you are thinking of learning React Native that would be worthwhile.  But Flutter is also doing great in this field yet it needs some more time and updates to dominate the market. According to the GitHub Repository React Native has more than 70K stars while Flutter has only 40K stars which show both framework popularity across the world. but for now, you should prefer to React native over Flutter.

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