Angular vs Ember

Web DevelopmentUPDATED ON October 28, 2020

Angular 6 v Ember

*This blog on Amber vs Ember has been updated to the most recent versions of the two popular JS frameworks (currently Angular 1o and Ember 3.22.0, with 3.23.0 expected on November 13th 2020*

How Do The JavaScript Frameworks Angular and Ember Shape Up Against Each Other?

If you are making a decision on Angular vs Ember for your next application project, you’re in the right place. We’ll quickly run down the strengths and weaknesses of both frameworks, how they stack up against each other and the technical specifications that might play into the strengths of one rather than the other. Within a few short minutes, you should have a clearer idea which of Angular or Ember looks like it might be the better fit for you!

Many things had changed since the early days of the web when websites were not so complicated, and all the heavy lifting was done on the server side where the user would send a single request to the server. The client side of the application was a light-weight veneer of HTML, request headers, cookies, and query parameters.

This all changed around 10 years ago when websites started to become more complex and look like the advanced “desktop applications”  we are familiar with in 2020. The programming language JavaScript is what made all the difference. Having improved the technological subset, it has helped to revolutionize the Internet browsing experience, and browser-based software applications dramatically.

The “armory” that made that happen is JS frameworks. Today, we’ll compare the latest versions of Angular and Ember to get to know what framework is better when we create an application. You might also be interested in our broader-based comparison of the six most popular JavaScript frameworks and libraries in 2020, which covers Angular, Vue.js, React, Preact, Ember and Svelte.

Brief overview of Angular vs Ember


At K&C, Angular development is one of our most popular services, with the framework often favoured for enterprise-level applications. Some of the most important qualities and characteristics of Angular are:

  • Angular is a client-side open-source JS framework based on TypeScript that helps to develop heavy single-page applications.
  • It puts emphasis on developing and running applications quickly and smoothly.
  • It’s syntactically simple due to JavaScript objects for models being used.
  • Gives you neat features like directives, when you want to make your HTML more declarative.
  • Crunchbase, Pinterest, PayPal, VEVO, and IStockPhoto have already prefered Angular to other frameworks.

Here are some of the technical differences between Angular and Ember. Angular uses:

  • Dependency Injection (DI);
  • Software design pattern;
  • DOM-based templating with directives;
  • It is syntactically simpler


Ember.js is a full-featured open source framework based on MVVM pattern with lightweight sensibilities like in Backbone.js or Ruby on Rails, combining the best concepts from the different frameworks. Ember.js is a part of a complete front-end stack, which comprises Ember CLI, Ember Data, Ember Inspector, Fastboot, and Liquid Fire. This allows developers to create beautifully rendered, dynamic SPAs.

The philosophy of the Ember framework is built around V (client side) in Model-View-Controller model and the ‘stability without stagnation’ principle; which was proved in the Ember’s last version, where some of the removed features can still be used.

Various well-known websites and apps (desktop, as well as mobile), were built on Ember. They include Discourse, Groupon, LinkedIn, Vine, Live Nation, Nordstrom,, Chipotle, Apple Music, and iTunes. Ember is supported by a single corporate sponsor from big tech as is the case with Angular (Google) and React (Facebook). Instead, the framework is sponsored by several. At the time of writing, the current Ember sponsors are LinkedIn, Tilde, Cardstack and Simplabs.

Some of the most important Ember qualities and chanracteristics are:

  • Simply configured;
  • Nn end-to-end opinionated, cohesive framework focusing on “Convention over Configuration.”
  • Embers data library allows for data to be accessed across multiple sources at once, set up asynchronous relationships.
  • Ember CLI, is widely considered as the best CLI of all the JavaScript frameworks. It helps to generate the right codes and scaffold them with the right structure, taking dependencies into account.
  • Ember Inspector is a handy browser extension that lets developers monitor and edit apps in real time.
  • Ember’s MVVM (Model–View–ViewModel pattern) architecture is popular with its users and the framework also offers two-way data binding.
  • The recently released Ember Octane iteration has introduced an HTML and component first approach with improved support for state management and reactivity.
  • Ember benefits from an active community that regularly contributes to Ember Observer, a website that aggregates solutions to common tasks.
  • Among the heaviest frameworks;
  • Falling popularity can make finding good Ember developers tricky.

Which Framework Is Better? Does Either Angular or Ember Have A Clear Advantage?

To understand which of the two frameworks is currently more popular, let’s look at some key  that define almost any technology:

Open Source Communities

The community is of importance while choosing an open source framework. The larger and more active a community you have, more answers to questions, third-party modules, tutorials on YouTube, etc. you’ll get. We conducted a kind of research and here is what we have discovered. In this battle, an unconditional champion is Angular. At least in terms of Github stars, there is a clear winner between Angular vs Ember, with the former well out in front.

angular stars githubEmber stars on GithubAngular also has more contributors on Github compared to Ember.

  • Ember – 860 contributors
  • Angular – 1256 contributors

Another interesting trend can be found in Google Trends if to compare both frameworks. From the illustration below, it’s seen that even though Angular (a blue line) and Ember (a red line) were neck and neck for most of the year, March of 2018 has become a landmark, and Angular 6 greatly surpassed Ember 3.

Angular 6 vs Ember 3 in Google Trends

Another popular website Youtube will also help us to shed some light on the involvement of the community regarding these frameworks if to just type their names in the search box.

Angular 6 vs Ember 3 Youtube search trends


Angular and Ember Youtube search trend

If to address to Stackoverflow website, we will find out that the quantity of queries is higher for Angular than Ember as well.

Amber 6 vs Ember 3 stockoverflow query numbers

At this, Ember can compete with Angular if only examined as a whole stack.

Ember 3 Competes with Angular 6 as a whole stack

Framework Size

Page load time is a critical factor for website success. Users do not have patience, so you should try to speed up the download as much as possible. Two factors affect this: the size of the framework and the time it takes to run.

We will compare the minor versions in the gzip file. But it’s not enough to compare the sizes of the frameworks themselves. They should go with their dependencies’ sizes.

Angular 6 vs Ember 3 framework size

And right now, we’re going to shed thу light on some pros and cons of both technologies.

Angular 6 vs Ember 3 pros and cons

Angular vs Ember Developers – Which Are Easier To Hire?

An important consideration in choosing a JavaScript framework is the developers who will work on the project. If you already have inhouse Angular or Ember developers at your disposal, that may be a decisive factor, if there is no definitive technical reason why one of the two frameworks is better suited to your project than the other. If hiring developers, or finding an outsourced team is more difficult, that can both delay a project and impact on future maintenance.

The reality is, with Ember losing popularity in recent years, there are far more Angular developers on the market, which may tip the balance of your decision. Angular vs Ember Developer Jobs StackOverFlow

A good indicator of the jobs market for Angular and Ember is the number of open positions for each framework being advertised on StackOverFlow. There are 286 roles for Angular developers compared to just 20 for Ember developers.

Angular vs Ember developer satisfaction, interest and knowledge

The above graphic, based on statistics from the State of JavaScript 2019 report, also shows fewer JavaScript developers have used Ember compared to Angular.

Angular or Ember? The Bottom Line

Both frameworks offer great tools to accomplish specific tasks in web or mobile development, and they are similar in their purpose. They share the same features like modular code, two-way data binding, DOM manipulation and other benefits, but theн differ in their approaches.

If you like TypeScript, are developing a large app, and are okay with learning proprietary directives and other Angular concepts, then – Angular is your choice.

Consider Ember if you are looking for an ‘all-tools-included’ JavaScript framework.

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