Gatsby and Next JS are both React’s Framework use for developing the front view of web apps. If you are a front end developer, then most probably you have heard the name of both these frameworks in your life. But you will be wondering why there is a need for these frameworks when you have create-react-app that is providing everything. Therefore in this article, I am going to discuss Gatsby vs Next JS, which to use and when.

Next JS or Gatsby? Should I use Gatsby or Next?

Before moving further let’s check out what is Gatsby and its features.

What is Gatsby?

Gatsby is a static site generator react front-end framework built on the top of react. Whenever the performance is the main goal Gatsby comes into the mind. Most of the websites nowadays like marketing and business are built using Gatsby. Gatsby can also be used for building Progressive Web Apps (PWA) that can even work offline.

Another amazing feature of Gatsby is its an ecosystem of plugins, themes and starter templates.
Gatsby is also good in terms of SEO as it’s content is easily crawlable by crawler as compare to the react apps.

Now Let’s check out what is Next JS and its features.

What is Next JS? And how it is different.

Next JS is another framework built on the top of React used for rendering web apps on server. Next JS provides functionality out of the box for rendering client-side apps on server. One of the best features of using Next JS is it’s amazing speed as the user does not have to wait to load all the files and see something on the screen.
Automatic routing is another feature that makes Next JS awesome as routes are automatically mapped on. SEO is another feature that makes Next JS better than the simple react app.

Next JS vs Gatsby? Which to use?

The most common part between NextJS and Gatsby is that their core features are built on the React. Another common thing between Next JS and Gatsby is both can help in Server Side Rendering (SSR) but totally in a different way.

It totally depends on the requirements weather to use Gatsby or Next JS. When there is only static data and static page then Gatsby is preferable as compare to Next JS. But as soon as your web app increases in size and also data is dynamic, then Next JS is the best choice for you. The reason is that it can take much time to generate a built with a lot of content that can result in a low user experience.

Next JS can also be used for static sites but that is something not preferred as Gatsby can do this job much better. The reason is that Gatsby has a good ecosystem of plugins, themes, and templates.

Also, static sites with Gatsby can be deployed on any hosting like Netlify, etc. But as Next JS uses server so you need to deploy it on a platform that can run Node JS.


From the above discussion, we have concluded that both these frameworks have their own pros and cons. But both are awesome depending on your requirements.
Infosec tweaks would like to encourage to read their documentation for better concepts and knowledge. If you have any confusion you can ask me through the contact form or comment box.


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