Flask vs Django — Which Framework to Choose and When? It’s an interesting question to ask, but not just that. It’s also worth wondering how these two web application frameworks (Flask and Django) were used in the last years (2010–2014), what were their strengths and weaknesses, and how they compare against each other now (2015–2017). This comparison will help web developers to learn which framework they should choose and when.
What do Python users want?
Python is an amazingly popular programming language used for everything from desktop apps to AI research. There are a number of frameworks to build these applications, including Django, Pyramid, Falcon, Flask (just to name a few). While it is possible to build complete web applications in Python without using any framework at all, such endeavors require much more time invested by developers. But how do you choose which framework to use when starting a new project? What factors influence your decision-making process?
Best framework for beginners
Python is quite a complex language, even more so when you’re learning web development. So, if you’re a complete beginner to Python web development, it’s best to start with Flask. It’s easy to use and minimalistic enough to give you a solid base for building applications of your own later on.
Best framework for fast development
Flask, for sure. It is not a big framework that takes a lot of time to learn and configure, which is good if you are in a hurry. Flask also lets you choose from multiple web servers including Apache and Nginx. On top of it all, it’s easy to deploy your app with Flask as well because it uses Python to create its projects. Most users are able to get up-and-running within a few hours or less!
Best framework for large apps
For applications with more than 1,000 end users, it’s often better to choose a Django development company for its more mature development environment. For apps that don’t require a relational database system, Flask is an excellent option because of its speed and simplicity.
Best framework for large companies with slow release cycles
Flask, as it is easier to work with than Django and has a lower entry barrier. Flask is popular in Silicon Valley for startups because of its small footprint and fast development. This makes companies more agile, but it comes at a cost when it comes to large-scale deployment. Large companies like Facebook have already made their decisions on choosing Python frameworks—but they also have more resources at their disposal compared to smaller businesses that might opt for Flask over Django.
Best framework when it comes to security
Flask. This small framework is quick to learn, simple to use and easy to extend with common Python libraries. If your goal is to get a secure, dependable web application up and running as quickly as possible, there’s little reason to go beyond Flask. While larger frameworks like Django are more flexible, they also come with a greater security footprint that makes them more vulnerable.
Best framework when support is required
In most cases, you’ll want to go with a framework that has an active community of developers, especially if you need support in implementing or deploying your project. For instance, if you want your app to integrate with Google Maps, it’s handy if there are other developers who can answer questions about how to do so (either through documentation or via online forums). Flask doesn’t appear to have an active user base at present.
Best documentation and community
Flask. No one loves Flask more than Flask, and as such it has some of the best documentation on offer in Python web frameworks. The package ecosystem is also solid, with thousands of packages available. The new extensions support means you can build bigger applications faster than ever before, while keeping code quality high through unit testing. It’s a winner all around!
Other criteria we should consider when deciding on the best python frameworks in 2022.
Speed – Many frameworks claim to be fast, but how do we measure that speed and what does it really mean for us as developers building production web applications in 2018. If you’re developing a highly trafficked app today it probably won’t matter much which framework you choose. But will it matter in 2 years from now? Or 5 years from now?