Ruby on Rails vs Laravel: A Comprehensive Comparison

Ruby on Rails vs Laravel: A Comprehensive Comparison – Before I begin my comparison, I will start with a very short history of how Ruby on Rails and Laravel came to be. Let’s start with Ruby on Rails first.

ruby on rails vs laravel

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Ruby On Rails

Ruby on Rails is a programming language combination. The “Ruby” part came from a programming language created 20 years ago. Yukihiro Matsumoto created the software. It is considered as a general-purpose programming language like Java and the C language. Ruby is mostly used in web programming.

The “Rails” part came from the software library created by David Heinemeier Hansson. This add-on to Ruby further extended the functionality of programming language. A framework used in building websites, Rails sets the norms for uncomplicated cooperation between programmers and easier maintenance. These “norms” or conventions are contained in the Rails Application Programming Interface (API). Together with HTML, CSS and JavaScript, Rails incorporates the Ruby programming language to produce web applications.

Ruby on Rails is a “server-side or back-end” development platform because it runs on a web server.

The video below shows the “advantages” of Ruby on Rails.


ruby on rails vs lavarel

Similar to Ruby on Rails, Lavarel is another popular “back-end” developer’s tool. Taylor Otwell created the software on June 9, 2011. Lavarel is a free, open-source PHP web framework. Lavarel features the following:

These are only some of the notable features of Lavarel. There are tons more but I won’t go deeper because they are already too technical to discuss here. The video below shows Lavarel’s merits.

Now I can proceed with my main topic: Ruby on Rails vs Laravel.

Ruby on Rails vs Laravel: A Comprehensive Comparison

As with any comparative analysis, its not really a question of which is the best, but which one suits the users’ need well. Both Ruby on Rails and Lavarel have their particular “merits” and companies may root for either one. Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty, shall we?

We shall consider four factors in determining which one is best suited for your company’s need. These are not in any particular order and were chosen because they are deemed the most important factors which may affect your choice.

1. Resources Needed To Run The Framework

In general, both Ruby On Rails and Lavarel are resource hungry. Though Ruby on Rails take up more resources than Lavarel, the developers managed to minimize these. With these tweaks come improvements in app speed because bottlenecks are avoided. On the other hand, newbie Lavarel users may find that their apps run slower compared to those created with Ruby on Rails. If you’re thinking of using cheap or free hosting for either Ruby on Rails or Lavarel apps, then you’ll have to face poor performance of your web apps.

2. Scalability

Of the two programs, Ruby on Rails has been blamed for scalability problems. Twitter introduced the “Fail Whale“, putting the blame on Ruby’s limitation to scale to the site’s need. But Ruby on Rails developers has greatly improved the program’s ability to scale so it is unlikely that you will run into that issue. If you do encounter this problem, you can fix it using a cloud service with an Elastic Load Balancer as part of the package.

The same issue plagues Lavarel but to a lesser degree. That is not saying that Lavarel is better than Ruby on Rails when it comes to scalability. This only means that you are more likely to encounter this issue when using Ruby on Rails. Your company/web app won’t need “Unlimited Scalability” so it’s unlikely you will have big issues with either programs.

3. Support

When it comes to involvement/support, both web development tools have their own communities. But this is where Lavarel’s leads Ruby on Rails. Lavarel has a very active and big group of passionate developers. There are tons of online materials ranging from applications, frameworks, libraries and easy to follow guides dealing with Lavarel.

Though Ruby on Rails has a smaller support community, the materials available are of better quality and are well documented.

4. Your Developers’ Skills And Preferences

This probably is the most important factor which may affect your decision in choosing between the two programs. Since they will be the ones handling the “Back-End” of your business, their skills and preferences should be taken into consideration. If your developers are well-versed in either Lavarel or Ruby on Rails, then go for the tool that they would excel in.


As with any comparison, the decision will largely depend on the factors mentioned above. The differences between the features of Ruby on Rails and Lavarel are almost negligible that I cannot say which one you should choose. It is really up to you and your company’s need that dictates which one you should go for.

But to make the decision easier for you, I would recommend the following scenarios:

Situation 1: Just Starting Out

If you’re company is a start-up, and you have just hired your technical/development team, you should ask them which framework is easier for them to work with.

Situation 2: Already Established

If your company is already established, then I suggest you stick with the program you have. Shifting to another program will only create more problems for you.

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