What is the difference between Xamarin and React Native?

Xamarin and React Native

We all know about building cross-platform applications. So, using a cross-platform framework, developers have benefits like the reuse of code for both IOS and Android which minimizes the project’s duration time and cost. This is one of the reasons they choose the cross-platform framework. So, now we discuss what is better: Xamarin and React Native.


What is Xamarin cross-platform framework?

Xamarin is one of the oldest cross-platform frameworks. It’s impossible to forget Xamarin when talking about the key approaches to mobile application development. Xamarin is a tool that is used for cross-platform mobile app development that allows the developer to share most of the code across major platforms i.e. IOS, Android, and Windows. It is an open-source framework that uses C# for native codebase and codebases is used for different platforms like Android and IOS. It supports Android 4.0.3 +, IOS 8 +, Windows 10.

Pros of Xamarin

  • Near-native performance
  • Great community support
  • Native user interfaces
  • Access to native API
  • Faster app development with NuGet and Xamarin plugins

Cons of Xamarin

  • Licensing cost
  • Slower than native apps


 What is React Native cross-platform framework?

React Native is also an open-source mobile app development tool in which you build mobile apps for Android and IOS. It is introduced by Facebook. As react native uses JavaScript framework, it has gained ground quickly among the developers. It supports Android 4.1 +, IOS 8 +.

Example of React Native: Airbnb, Walmart, Skype, and Tesla.


 Pros of React Native

  • Near-native performance
  • The flexibility of text editors
  • Code sharing
  • Faster app development with pre-built components
  • High-quality mobile UI


 Cons of React Native

  • Navigation issues
  • Slower than native apps


  Xamarin vs React Native


  • Xamarin and React Native: Ownership

If you are a JavaScript developer then React Native is the best choice for developing native apps with React and it is owned by Facebook.

But if you are a C# developer then Xamarin would be the best choice because it allows you to create iOS and Android apps using C# and It is owned by Microsoft.

  • Xamarin and React Native: Availability

React Native is an open source tool in which you can use for build IOS and Android applications.

On the other side, you need to spend on Xamarin as it is not the free version for enterprises.

  • Xamarin and React Native: Performance

Xamarin support GUI, 64-bit mode and fast code execution. it allows developers to run the fastest code on iOS and Android platform.

On the other side, React Native doesn’t support 64-bit mode on Android. Moreover, it shows the worst result when it runs the fastest code on IOS.

  • Xamarin and React Native: Testing Capabilities

You can do UI testing on both iOS and Android platforms and it is easier to do unit testing if you write in Jest than XUnit and you can also debug in the Xcode emulator in IOS when working with Xamarin.

But in React Native, you can only debug in the Android Emulator and you may have further issue with Android emulator.

  • Xamarin and React Native: Top users

Slack, Siemens and Honeywell are top users of Xamarin.

While in React Native Facebook, Instagram, Airbnb, Walmart, Skype, Tesla are top users.

  • Xamarin and React Native: Market Share Comparison

According to Forbes, Xamarin is used by over 20% of the 500 companies including Bosch, Samsung, Haliburton, SAP and deployed across some 120 countries to create their mobile applications.

On the other side, According to Similar tech, React Native owns 8,895 websites in the U.S. and has a great usage across the globe. 11.71% of Business & Industry websites, 15.79% of People & Society website.



As far we have seen that there is no winner between Xamarin and react Native. Both have won the fight significantly. Further, everything relies upon your projects needs or person’s requirement as which one to choose.

Anyhow, if you want to try some new features to mobile app development with advanced features like instant updates and hot reloading, then you should once try React Native.