List of the Best Python Frameworks for Mobile App Development

Posted by Vandana Arora · November 16, 2021 · 7 Min read

Python has become one of the most favorite programming languages for web and mobile app development in the last few years. Python is contributing its significant share in Mobile app development, Web app development, Machine learning, and IoT. The never-ending popularity and the growing demand for this programming language are because of its simple approach to building high-end applications.

What is Python?

Python is a general-purpose programming language. This high-level language is used to develop web apps, machine learning apps, and other cutting-edge apps in the software industry. It is a well-suited language for beginners and experienced developers with a good knowledge of programming languages like C++ and Java. 

Below are some facts about Python:

Python facts
Facts about Python
  1. Multi-purpose and high-level programming language.
  2. Allows programming in Object-Oriented and Procedural paradigms.
  3. Used by many tech giants such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, IBM, Yahoo, Dropbox, Uber and more.
  4. Large collection of standard library that can be used for the following:
  • Machine Learning
  • GUI Applications
  • Web frameworks like Django
  • Image processing
  • Web scraping
  • Test frameworks
  • Multimedia
  • Scientific computing
  • Text processing

Why choose Python for Mobile app development

Python for Mobile App Development

Python has endless features to offer. Its readability and ease of use can translate into faster development which is really needed in the mobile app development industry. In the mobile app development industry, speed to market is really important in gaining and keeping market share. On the other hand, neither Android nor iOS support interpreted languages, which suggests they can’t natively run Python apps. That’s where a number of frameworks fill the gap to enable Python apps to be run on mobile devices with a native look and feel.

Python development focuses on rapid application development. Its easy-to-understand syntax and wide range of libraries put it out of the box and make it a handpicked choice for developers. Here are some of the reasons that make Python the best pick of mobile app development:

  • Easy-to-read code
  • Speedy response
  • High compatibility
  • Test-driven development
  • High-standard library
  • Big data supported

Why Use a Framework?

Instead of a framework, we should call it a toolbox. It consists of pre-written, standardized packages, and modules that make the development process of mobile applications faster, easier, reliable and scalable. Another benefit is that you don’t need to do all of the grunt work yourself, frameworks come with built-in components that “set up” your project from the scratch. 

Python is a server-side technology and its web frameworks are originally employed to support URL routing, HTTP requests and responses, accessing databases, and web security. When building web applications, a web framework can help you build complex applications in a blink of an eye. 

To make their lives easier, Python developers need frameworks. Frameworks reduce development time by automating the implementation of repetitive tasks, enabling developers to focus on application logic rather than conventional elements.

The reason that Python is one of the most widespread programming languages is that there is no shortage of frameworks. There are benefits as well as drawbacks of using different frameworks. That being the case, the selection should be based on the project’s requirements and developer choices.

List of some best python frameworks:

  • Kivy
  • BeeWare
  • Pyqtdeploy
  • Python-for-android
  • Ren’Py
  • Bottle
  • Pyramid
  • Falcon

1. Kivy

Kivy Python framework
key features of Kivy

Kivy is a free and open-source application and game development framework based on Python. It allows developers to build apps and 2D games compatible with desktop and mobile devices. It comes with a quite comfortable licensing scheme, giving them the liberty to develop apps for commercial purposes. 

The main features of Kivy include:

  • Support for multi-touch inputs
  • Hardware-accelerated graphics backend
  • Many pre-defined GUI widgets
  • Custom widgets
  • Its unique design language “kV” is suitable for rapid prototyping
  • The ability to build packages for desktop, Android and iOS

2. BeeWare

beeware python framework
Features of BeeWare Python Framework

BeeWare is another Python-based free and open-source application development framework. It designs applications that can be written once and run everywhere. Developers can deploy the same codebase to create and develop apps for both desktop and mobile operating systems. Apps built using BeeWare integrate well with platforms and maintain the native, platform-specific look and feel. BeeWare also has quite easy licensing terms, so developers can use it for commercial projects. The main features of BeeWare include:

  • API for accessing native GUI widgets
  • API for accessing platform-specific libraries
  • The ability to use apps on various platforms

Pyqtdeploy is a little different. It is not an application development framework. It is a set of tools that enables developers to package their PyQt application for multiple platforms. The platforms include desktop, Android, and iOS. Pyqtdeploy can package GUI apps, CLI apps as well as libraries. It is also used for building packages for Python apps that don’t use PyQt libraries. Pyqtdeploy is licensed under the BSD license, allowing developers to use it for commercial projects.

4. Python-for-android

Python-for-android framework
Python for Android Framework

Python-for-android or p4a is also not a framework. It is a set of tools that are used to package Python apps for the Android platform. It consists of a robust build toolchain, allowing developers to create “apk” files for Android that can be even published on Play Store. Python-for-android was largely developed as a packaging advantage for Kivy apps, but now it has evolved considerably and enables the packaging of other Python-based apps as well. Other main features of Python-for-android include:

  • Support for building packages for multiple architectures
  • Build recipes
  • Support for packaging apps built using SDL2 libraries

5. Ren’Py

Ren' Py Python Framework
Ren’ Py Python Framework

Ren’Py is a free and open-source Python-based tool. It is used for creating visual novels for both desktop and mobile devices (Android and iOS). It emphasizes a graphical project management tool as well command-line utilities to build your own games. Besides visual novels, developers can also use them to design simulation and RPG games using its scripting system. Other main features of Ren’Py includes:

  • An asset management API
  • Dialogue script API
  • Multi-touch support
  • Auto-save support
  • Supports fast-forwarding scenes
  • Supports rewinding scenes
  • Supports skipping scenes
  • Gamepad support
  • Pre-defined animation and transitions
  • Custom animations and transitions

6. Bottle

Bottle Python Web Framework
Bottle: Python-based micro-framework

The bottle is a Python-based micro-framework. It is fast and simple to develop small web applications. It is classified as a separate file module and has no dependencies other than the Python Standard Library. It offers:

  • Request dispatching with URL parameter support
  • A built-in HTTP Server
  • Adapters for many third party WSGI/HTTP-server

7. Pyramid

Pyramid is a small web framework for Python 2 and 3. It is developed to create web applications easier and faster. Pyramid offers only the basic tools required for almost all web applications: mapping URLs to code, security, and serving static assets, for example, files like JavaScript and CSS. With its packaging tools, logging, virtual environments, and many more, Pyramid supports standard Python development practices.

8. Falcon

Falcon web framework
Falcon-Python-web-framework

Falcon is a reliable Python web framework. It is a high-performance framework that is used for developing large-scale app backends and microservices. Falcon apps work with any ASGI or WSGI server. It works under CPython version 3.5+ and PyPy version 3.5+. A few of the features are mentioned below:-

  • Highly optimised, extensible codebase
  • Performs intuitive routing via URI templates, REST-inspired resource classes, and so on
  • Provides easy access to headers and bodies via request and response classes
  • Allows snappy unit testing through WSGI helpers
  • DRY request processing 

Summing-up

Python can handle almost any type of request, making it remarkably useful for all types of development tasks. Python is now used in an extensive range of applications, from medium and large enterprise applications to gaming. It would not be wrong to say that Python has swiftly changed the world of mobile app development. 

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