Comparing connect vs. express

How are they different?

Here we compare between connect and express. In this comparison we will focus on the latest versions of both packages. The current versions are connect 3.6.3 and express 4.15.4.

connect, High performance middleware framework. It was authored by TJ Holowaychuk on Dec, 2010.
express, Fast, unopinionated, minimalist web framework. It was authored by TJ Holowaychuk on Dec, 2010.

When comparing both packages you notice that express is the more popular package today (33,487 Stars on Github).
connect has been out there for longer (since 7 years ago), it also has less dependencies, less open issues and less open pull requests.
On the other hand, express has more versions, more frequent updates, a bigger community of maintainers, more daily downloads, more weekly downloads, more monthly downloads, more stars on Github, more followers on Github and more forks.

In our review connect got 4,754,006 points and express got 8,507,314 points. The points are a summary of how big the community is and how well the package is maintained.

Lets dive deeper and have a look at some more details on both packages.

Going into more detail




description High performance middleware framework Fast, unopinionated, minimalist web framework
keywords framework, web, middleware, connect, rack express, framework, sinatra, web, rest, restful, router, app, api
author TJ Holowaychuk TJ Holowaychuk
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licenses MIT MIT
created 7 years ago (Dec, 2010) 7 years ago (Dec, 2010)
modified 11 days ago 7 hours ago
total versions 230 253
version average every 11 days every 10 days
maintainers 1 4
dependencies 4 28
Daily Downloads 94,614 234,490
Weekly Downloads 1,747,932 3,277,383
Monthly Downloads 7,643,635 13,414,874
open issues 1 152
open pull requests 0 30
stargazers 7,366 33,487
subscribers 312 1,711
forks 987 6,077
Overall points




CLI Shortcuts
install npm i -S connect npm i -S express
remove npm r -S connect npm r -S express

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