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Electron is described as 'If you can build a website, you can build a desktop app. Electron is a framework for creating native applications with web technologies like JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. It takes care of the hard parts so you can focus on the core of your application' and is a popular app in the development category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Electron for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Online / Web-based and Android. The best alternative is Qt, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Electron are Flutter, NW.js, NeutralinoJS and fman build system.

Electron alternatives are mainly IDEs but may also be Android Development Tools or Desktop Publishers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Electron.
This page was last updated Jun 29, 2022
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux

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  1. Qt

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    Qt is a cross-platform application framework that is widely used for developing application software that can be run on various software and hardware platforms with little or no change in the underlying codebase, while having the power and speed of native applications.

    Most users think Qt is a great alternative to Electron.
  2. Flutter

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Dart

    Flutter makes it easy and fast to build beautiful mobile apps. Flutter is a new mobile app SDK to help developers and designers build modern mobile apps for iOS and Android.



  3. NW.js

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Node.js bridge to Webkit – package and distribute webapps on all platforms.

    NW.js vs Electron opinions
    Almost everyone thinks NW.js is a great alternative to Electron.

    it provides similar wrappers to use node modules in a embeded browser and look like a desktop application

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  4. NeutralinoJS

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Neutralino is a lightweight application development framework. It lets you develop desktop apps, cloud apps and even browser based apps.

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    NeutralinoJS vs Electron opinions
    Almost everyone thinks NeutralinoJS is a great alternative to Electron.
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    Finally a redistributable webapp framework that doesn't treat your disk space and bandwidth they are disposable and infinite!

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    Ships with no extra browser and huge dependencies like Electron, but uses the platform's web toolkits and is thus very lightweight!

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    it's just faster than electron

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  5. fman build system

    • Free PersonalOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    A framework for creating desktop apps for Windows, Mac and Linux. Based on Qt and Python, it is a lightweight alternative to Electron. Unlike other solutions, fbs makes packaging easy: Create an installer for your app in seconds and start distributing it to your users.

    Almost everyone thinks fman build system is a great alternative to Electron.


  6. GTK+

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Chrome OS

    GTK+ is a multi-platform toolkit for creating graphical user interfaces. Offering a complete set of widgets, GTK+ is suitable for projects ranging from small one-off tools to complete application suites.

  7. React Native

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    React Native enables you to build world-class application experiences on native platforms using a consistent developer experience based on JavaScript and React.

  8. Sciter

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Use HTML and CSS to build cross-platform desktop apps. Sciter provides a stack of GPU-accelerated web technologies for desktop UI development.

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    Sciter vs Electron opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Sciter is a great alternative to Electron.

    Compact: 10..15 times smaller than Electron Monolithic: single DLL (dylib, so) Embeddable: works in the same GUI thread, does not create separate process for each window. Extendable: host application can provide native functions for script, call script functions, receive UI events and catch all requests to external resources (http, file, etc.)

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  9. wxWidgets

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    wxWidgets is a C++ library that lets developers create applications for Windows, OS X, Linux and UNIX on 32-bit and 64-bit architectures as well as several mobile platforms including Windows Mobile, iPhone SDK and embedded GTK+.

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  10. Ultimate++

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    Ultimate++, also called U++, is a C++ cross-platform rapid application development framework focused on programmers productivity. It includes a set of libraries (GUI, SQL, etc..), and an integrated development environment.

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