Flutter Vs. React Native

If you wish to develop an app that runs on multiple platforms and you wish to save money as well then you should go with cross-platform app development. Not only it is reliable and time saver it can give you the look and feel of Native.

So, if we talk about the recent scenario, developing mobile applications in cross-platform app development has become the major pillar of tech-sector. But we have multiple platforms like iOS and Android and developing an app for both the platform can be a lengthy process and you have to invest more money. So, to conquer that issue comes to a savior called "cross-platform" app development.

Although there are many solutions but the most promising one at this moment is creating apps that perform like native apps. And Google's Flutter and Facebook's React Native are the most powerful rivals in the field. There is a huge difference between flutter vs. react native and to make it clear, we are going compare react-native vs. flutter.

FlutterReact Native
Owned ByGoogleFacebook
IDes SupportIntelliJ IDEA, Android Studio, and VS Code.Rekit studio,Nuclide, Webstorm, GNU Emacs Editor, Reactide
Programming LanguageDartJavascript
Platform SupportAndriod, iOS, web(beta)Andriod, iOS, web
InstallationEasyBit complicated
PerformanceFasterNeed Some Elements to Come Over
UI componentsReady to use componentsUses native components
Hardware specific APIsWi-Fi, geolocation and provides solutions for BluetoothNFC and Bluetooth
DocumentationClear and comprehensiveLow in quality
CommunityRapidly growingWidespread

When you choose the cross-platform app development for your project, you automatically save a lot of money and time along with giving your application a look and feel of the native, let’s see the comparison between flutter vs. react native. Even though both are open-sourced and provides better development frameworks in cross-platform mobile development but there is a big difference between both.

1. Hot Reload Support

Hot reload support stays common in both, Flutter and React Native. This feature lets relaunch the app automatically and refresh the code according to devices. The Hot reload button makes it super easy for the programmers, it’s like you change the code in your system and it will show up in the mobile apps.

2. Code Structure

Flutter uses Dart programming language called "Dart" unlike React Native, React Native requires many additional templating languages and visual tools. So, it can be quite a task for developers to create an interactive widget. It is like everything in one place.

3. Installation & Сonfiguration

Getting started with flutter and React Native both is pretty easy. So, the very first thing is you download the package and then unzip it and create an environment for a folder inside the zipped folder. Flutter also provides a tool for problems called the Flutter doctor.

And if we talk about getting started with React Native, it is an easy process too. All you gotta do is install the package with mnp and then use it.

4. Supported IDEs

The main difference between React Native and Flutter is in the number of IDEs. Flutter has a limited number of supported IDEs which are IntelliJ IDEA, Android Studio, and VS Code. Whereas React Native has a lot of IDEs so it can be a task to choose the best.

5. Hardware-Specific APIs

React native provides several APIs like Wi-Fi, geolocation and provides solutions for Bluetooth, camera, biometrics but still lacks in customized graphics.

If we take Flutter, Flutter also provides a lot of hardware-specific APIs that include NFC and Bluetooth.

Flutter can interact with Native APIs with plugins or with native Objective-C/Swift or Java/Kotlin code.

React Native vs Flutter

6. Programming Language

Now let's see what languages respective platforms use. React Native uses the most popular language Javascript, whereas Flutter uses its own language called "Dart". Such party libraries are easy to add to your project.

7. Documentation

Google provides clear and comprehensive documentation for its products and flutter is not an exception. React Native documentation is a little low in quality.

8. Performance

When we talk about Flutter vs. React native performance we have to admit that React Native still needs some elements to come over and flutter assembles it's code a lot faster than Javascript.

React needs a bridge to interact with a particular operating system's components, on the other hand, Flutter doesn't need anything to interact with the Os hence Flutter is better

9. UI Components

The major variation between Flutter and React native is user experience. Flutter uses its own UI components and React Native uses native components. If we look at the pros and cons of each, the biggest plus for flutter would be ready to use components.

Flutter uses material widgets for Android, Cupertino for iOS and platform-independent.

10. Community

If we talk about the community of both the platforms React native is already widespread all over the world. Apps like Facebook, Skype, Instagram, Airbnb, etc. are examples of React native apps.

React Native is more increased as it has been here for four years and hence its developer's community is larger.

But if we talk about Flutter's community, being just 2 years older it is growing incredibly and giving a good competition to React.

GoogleAds, Reflectly, and Hamilton musical app are the example of flutter.

SO, the biggest plus in Flutter is that you can also use it for web apps, react doesn’t provide any such facilities.


In conclusion, both React Native and Flutter are convenient, developer time and money saver but it depends on the project because in some cases it may be better to choose Native application because it is more reliable and provides better UI/UX components than the cross-platform ones.

Okay so wrapping it up, if you still have any doubts reach out to our experts we will get back to you with the best possible solutions.

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Sagar Bagsariya

Android Developer