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.
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.
Open issues: 171
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.
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.
Open issues: 376
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.
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
Open issues: 10
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.
Open issues: 108
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.
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
Open issues: 294
git clone https://github.com/balderdashy/sails.git
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.
Expressive middleware for node.js using ES2017 async functions
Open issues: 51
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.
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.
Open issues: 206
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.
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.
:office: Server Framework for Node.js
Open issues: 18
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.
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
Open issues: 64
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.
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.
Open issues: 0
git clone https://github.com/totaljs/framework.git
It has complete apps that are downloadable like; CMS, HelpDesk just to name a few.
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 most popular headless Node.js CMS for professional publishing
Open issues: 95
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
robust, fast and maintainable apps using Angular.js, Node.js, MongoDB and
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.
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
Open issues: 344
git clone https://github.com/keystonejs/keystone.git
care of dependency updates, documentation updates, thumbs up to those who
made this possible.
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
Open issues: 79
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.
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
The future of Node.js REST development
Open issues: 64
git clone https://github.com/restify/node-restify.git
It is used by industry giant users like Netflix etc.
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
Open issues: 141
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
extensible by design.
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)
Open issues: 413
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.
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
Open issues: 13
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
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.
Open issues: 5
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
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.
Open issues: 26
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
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.