Node.js is an open source run-time environment that is designed for server-side and networking apps, most importantly; it’s a single threaded architect.

It uses Google JS V8 engine to execute code. Node.js is a cross-platform environment; therefore it can run on variety of operating systems, i.e Linux, OS X, Ms Windows and FreeBSD. It provides event-driven architect and non-blocking I/O that is optimal and scalable.

Node.js Frameworks

 

Node.js frameworks

It is now time to list the Node.js frameworks in the order of their relevance in the year 2019. Although it will be explicitly my opinion based and I hold no liability for listing it my way, according to the order in which they boost productivity, when building JavaScript apps, mostly the server-side. I however make my representation and reserve express or implied choices that I make; someone else’s could be different

1. Express.js

Now let’s get down to the second top most Node.js framework; Express.js in my own opinion. It is fast, non-opinionated, minimalist web framework for undisputed Node.js, it behaves like middleware that helps manage servers and routes. Its asynchronous nature inherited from Node.js. It is able to build light apps that process multiple requests seamlessly.

Fast, unopinionated, minimalist web framework for node.
Forks: 7686
Stars: 45871
Open issues: 177
Latest tag: 5.0.0-alpha.7
git clone https://github.com/expressjs/express.git

It supports other packages and template engines like Mustache, Pug, just to mention but a few. It is highly customizable and easy to learn, and majorly browser focused. With these few features Express.js , in my opinion is the framework to look up for in the future.

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2. Meteor.js

It is a full stack JS platform used for developing mobile and web apps, it has a real-time update so the templates updates automatically.

Meteor, the JavaScript App Platform
Forks: 5074
Stars: 41372
Open issues: 414
Latest tag: windows-wrapper
git clone https://github.com/meteor/meteor.git

Meteor.js according to my research has the capability to serve large projects. The Meteor.js framework has a rich and organized documentation that helps its users and the community learns and evolves faster. Therefore it is one of the frameworks to look out for in 2019.

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3. Adonis.js

It is a Node.js framework that runs on major operating systems, packaged within a stable environment for writing server-side web apps.

It has proved to be simple and result focused. Node.js supports ORM hence made with POSTgreSQL in mind.

🚀 The Node.js Framework highly focused on developer ergonomics, stability and confidence
Forks: 388
Stars: 7101
Open issues: 10
Latest tag: v2.2.1
git clone https://github.com/adonisjs/adonis-framework.git

It has query builder that is easy and builds simple queries easily; the one thing I love the most about Adonis.js. Another issue that informed my listing of Adonis.js as the top Node.js framework is its popularity on Git hub community.

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4. Nest.js

Nest.js is a Node.js framework suitable for building scalable and efficient server-side apps. It is built with progressive JavaScript and written with Typescript, it comes with strong typing and has Object Oriented Programming, Functional Programming and Functional Reactive Programming elements.

A progressive Node.js framework for building efficient, scalable, and enterprise-grade server-side applications on top of TypeScript & JavaScript (ES6, ES7, ES8) 🚀
Forks: 1549
Stars: 20607
Open issues: 143
Latest tag: v6.8.3
git clone https://github.com/nestjs/nest.git

It also allows for development of apps that are testable, scalable, loosely coupled and easily maintainable. It has a Nest CLI used to generate Nest.js apps that has a lot of fascinating features. There also exist Nest.js community where developers and users consult, conduct trainings, onsite enterprise support, and that makes Nest.js a framework to consider using in 2019.

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5. Sails.js

Sails.js is a Node.js framework used to build practical and production ready apps faster. It is the most popular MVC framework for Node.js with greater support for data apps that are data driven APIs with scalable service oriented architecture.

Realtime MVC Framework for Node.js
Forks: 1872
Stars: 20912
Open issues: 316
Latest tag: wl-rc13
git clone https://github.com/balderdashy/sails.git

Building apps on Sails.js is a guarantee that you are building apps which are 100% JavaScript. Sails.js has ORM waterline that provides a universal access to any database, more so it comes with auto-generated APIs that comes with blueprints that would jumpstart apps backend, needless a code. It also works well with any front-end frame works like Angular, iOS, Android, React etc.

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6. Koa.js

Koa.js is the next web framework for Node.js, it was created by the same team that created Express.js hence seemingly picked up from where Express.js left.

koa
Expressive middleware for node.js using ES2017 async functions
Forks: 2551
Stars: 27588
Open issues: 55
Latest tag: 2.10.0
git clone https://github.com/koajs/koa.git

Koa.js uses unique ECMAScript (ES6) methods that are not yet available in some browsers. It works without callbacks but then again has increased error handling capabilities. Koa.js is seemingly the Node.js framework to look up for in future.

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7. LoopBack.js

LoopBack.js is another Node.js framework with a CLI user-friendly and a dynamic API. It inhibits compatibility with most REST services and a number of databases. It has support for SDKs for clients i.e Android, iOS and Angular to create apps, with built-in API explorer and role based access controls.

LoopBack makes it easy to build modern applications that require complex integrations.
Forks: 1196
Stars: 12882
Open issues: 43
Latest tag: v3.26.0
git clone https://github.com/strongloop/loopback.git

It is the best for user registration and authentication. It can be premise based or cloud based, also highly customizable. LoopBack.js is used by some of the big web servers like Go Daddy, Bank of America and Symantec to mention but a few, hence it will remain a framework to beat for many years to come.

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8. Hapi.js

It is a Node.js framework that serves data by interlinking between the client side and the server-end. Hapi.js forms a best fit for Express.js.

The Simple, Secure Framework Developers Trust
Forks: 1197
Stars: 11663
Open issues: 2
Latest tag: v18.4.0
git clone https://github.com/hapijs/hapi.git

Its unique feature is that, it has the ability to create server on a specific IP with OnPreHandler which does some pre-processing on request before completion.

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9. Derby.js

Just like Meteor.js, it is a full-stack framework for writing modern web apps.

MVC framework making it easy to write realtime, collaborative applications that run in both Node.js and browsers
Forks: 265
Stars: 4447
Open issues: 66
Latest tag: v0.10.19
git clone https://github.com/derbyjs/derby.git

It provides real-time collaboration by syncing data across the clients and servers, courtesy of ShareDB’s. It loads pages faster, has full engine support and reuses templates for all HTML outputs.

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10. Total.js

Total.js is going to total up my top ten list for the Node.js frameworks to look out for in 2019, it is faster, has outstanding performance, little to no maintenance and seamless sealing transition.

Node.js framework
Forks: 439
Stars: 3993
Open issues: 0
Latest tag: v3.3.0
git clone https://github.com/totaljs/framework.git

It has complete apps that are downloadable like; CMS, HelpDesk just to name a few.

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11. Ghost.js

Ghost.js is an open source, professional platform for publishing that is built in
Node.js technology suitable for teams who expedite power, consistency, flexibility
and stern performance.
👻 The #1 headless Node.js CMS for professional publishing
Forks: 6801
Stars: 31229
Open issues: 63
Latest tag: fancyFirstChar
git clone https://github.com/TryGhost/Ghost.git
It is an open source and a powerful publishing platform that
has gained popularity through its production ability. I would also say that millions of
professionals have shared a billion bucks through this infamous Ghost.js Node.js
framework.

12. MEAN.io

MEAN.js framework is a full stack JavaScript solution that helps its users build
robust, fast and maintainable apps using Angular.js, Node.js, MongoDB and
Express.js.
MEAN.js has gained its popularity because of its ability to keep
applications very organized, simple and easy to read, never to forget the fact that is
trusted open source framework.

13. KeyStone.js

It is another open source Node.js framework that is designed specifically for
developing DB driven websites, apps and APIs. KeyStone.js comes with version
releases with improvements that have bug fixes in its previous versions.
It has taken
Node.js CMS and web app framework
Forks: 2386
Stars: 14885
Open issues: 352
Latest tag: v4.1.1
git clone https://github.com/keystonejs/keystone.git
care of dependency updates, documentation updates, thumbs up to those who
made this possible.

14. Feathers.js

Another Node.js framework that undisputedly made to my top 20 list is Feather.js. It
has a REST and a real-time API layer for Node.js, React Native and the browser.
A framework for real-time applications and REST APIs with JavaScript and TypeScript
Forks: 514
Stars: 11757
Open issues: 81
Latest tag: v4.3.8
git clone https://github.com/feathersjs/feathers.git
With Feathers.js, one can build prototypes and production ready, real-time back-
ends and APIs faster. It is for this reason that I lobby undoubted lobby for Feathers.js.

15. Restify.js

Restify.js is a Node.js REST API framework that utilizes a connect style middleware, a
production ready package with high performance and easily debug able to maintain
its correctness.
The future of Node.js REST development
Forks: 960
Stars: 9493
Open issues: 69
Latest tag: v8.4.0
git clone https://github.com/restify/node-restify.git
It is used by industry giant users like Netflix etc.

16. Strapi.io

In my opinion Strapi.io is a Node.js framework that has made it to my top 20 list
because of its ability to manage content and distribute it anywhere.
🚀 Open source Node.js Headless CMS to easily build customisable APIs
Forks: 2168
Stars: 18601
Open issues: 155
Latest tag: v3.0.0-beta.17.3
git clone https://github.com/strapi/strapi.git
It is a framework anticipated to be open source for life and is future proof. It is highly
customizable, self-hosted and purely JavaScript. It has RESTful or GraphQL and is
extensible by design.

17. Socket.io

If as a developer you consider full-stack development framework for building real-
time apps, then Socket.io is a must stop choice for you.
Realtime application framework (Node.JS server)
Forks: 8730
Stars: 47810
Open issues: 427
Latest tag: 2.3.0
git clone https://github.com/socketio/socket.io.git
You also like an API that is a cross-platform considering devices and browsers; you’ve made the right choice in Socket.io. It does not compromise speed, reliability and productivity, what else are
you looking for? Socket.io comes in handy with all the above features.

18. ActionHero.js

This is one of the most important Node.js framework, its prolific features like;
reusability, scalability and quick Node.js API server for stateless and state full apps
is just outstanding.
actionhero.js is a multi-transport nodejs API Server with integrated cluster capabilities and delayed tasks
Forks: 240
Stars: 2037
Open issues: 11
Latest tag: v20.0.0
git clone https://github.com/actionhero/actionhero.git
Its ability to support web clients like HTTP & HTTPS, and Socket
clients like TCP(telnet) and TLS is an important feature not worth forgetting to
mention.

19. Frisby.js

Frisby.js is an easy to use, fun to work with Node.js framework. It comes very many
in-built tools to ensure that REST API is working as per the specification.
Marble.js - functional reactive Node.js framework for building server-side applications, based on TypeScript and RxJS.
Forks: 39
Stars: 1283
Open issues: 5
Latest tag: v2.3.1
git clone https://github.com/marblejs/marble.git
If custom is what you are looking for, take a fuzz, all the repetitive hard to follow instructions
and hard to comprehend codes aside, Frisby.js just taken care of that. Thanks again
to the developers behind this and their efforts, because without it, heaven knows
what!

20. Marble.js

The last Node.js framework that has effortlessly made to my top 20 list is the
infamous Marble.js. I bet most of you would poke a finger on me if I ended my list
without mentioning the Marble.js.
Frisby is a REST API testing framework built on Jest that makes testing API endpoints easy, fast, and fun.
Forks: 212
Stars: 1330
Open issues: 25
Latest tag: v2.1.2
git clone https://github.com/vlucas/frisby.git
It was developed by Jozef Flakus a Boldares JS developer as a programming approach to back-end in Node.js. It has functional Reactive Node.js framework for building server-side apps based on RxJS and
TypeScript.

Conclusion

I draw my conclusion that every Node.js framework has its importance depending
on what developer wants to achieve with the app, so choose a framework in tandem with your end goal in mind.
I would not end this article without mentioning the tremendous community surrounding the Node.js frameworks, their commendable duty to improving and constructive criticism and general development growth to Node.js frameworks.