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Most popular frameworks associated with Node.js

David Meyer
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Choosing the right framework for a project is still considered to be the most daunting task by business and site owners looking to strengthen their web presence. No worries, we have compiled a list of frameworks associated with Node.

In this article we will discuss the features and advantages of frameworks associated with Node.js so that you can choose the one you like. Let’s take a look at the best Node.js frameworks.


Express.js doesn’t needs an introduction; this robust framework was created by TJ Holowaychuk, one of the members of core Node project team, seven years ago. This framework is backed by a large community who keep on adding and reforming its features and core functionalities. Incepted in 2009, this lightweight framework is also referred to as the most reliable web application development Node.js framework. With the help of this framework, you can easily create applications and that too in pure Node.js but with minimum lines of code. It comes with a small learning curve that makes it a perfect choice for novice js developers.


Hapi is distinguished as a Node.js powered framework that independently runs without any assistance on Express. It was introduced by Eran Hammer in 2011 at Walmart while preparing to manage the Black Friday Traffic. Due to the plugin extensibility of Hapi, these developers could easily combat over the limiting functionality of Express. For all these years, Hapi has managed to create a niche of its own in the realm of web application frameworks. Rather than writing fresh codes, this framework focuses on managing tasks via configuration most of the times. This open-source framework is distributed authoritatively under MIT license.


Sail.js is a well-known Node.js framework famous for its serviceability towards enterprise-wide systems . It was built by Mike McNeil in 2012. Sail confers the architecture similar to the one of Ruby on Rails along with an added feature that gives more scope to creativity and data-focused advanced app development. This framework is mostly used to create real-time chat based applications and can easily work with other tools at the same time. According to the experts, Sails.js framework can easily run on “any database” and is quite responsive towards front-end.


Koa was introduced in 2013 by TJ Holowaychuk, who described it as an expressive middleware for Node.js that uses generators — hence making the process of writing web applications and REST APIs more enjoyable. This futuristic framework is a much more precise and powerful version of Express.js. It helps develop web applications and dynamic REST APIs . ‘Generators’ help developers mitigate errors easily by limiting the use of callbacks.


With more than 33K stars on GitHub, Meteor.js successfully stands as an undisputed king in the world of frameworks. Backed by a huge active community, tutorials, documentation, custom packages and much more, Meteor.js lets you create remarkable web and mobile applications strictly based on JavaScript. This open-source framework configures an open-source structure that supports OS X, Windows, and Linux. You can easily write both the server and client section of the application in JavaScript.

The best part about Meteor is that it confirms a programming model that initiates the development of real-time applications with minimum JS codings. 

Key takeaways

The web and app development realm is witnessing a rapid change which prompts business and site owners to use various advanced frameworks for their projects. Each and every framework offers a different set of features but they are all built with a common objective —namely to develop real-time applications. The above-mentioned frameworks are the best among the available Node.js frameworks.

With its proficiency, Node.js is significantly influencing the future of web and mobile app development. And only an experienced pair of hands could use it to develop scalable, swift, and spontaneous web/mobile applications.

David Meyer
David Meyer is associated with CSSChopper as a leading web developer holding a profound experience of more than 5 years. The company to which he is associated is reckoned as a leading NodeJS Development globally.

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