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 3.6.6 and express 4.16.3.

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 (38,379 Stars on Github).
connect has been out there for longer (since 7 years ago), it also has fewer dependencies, fewer open issues and fewer 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 5,275,092 points and express got 12,632,650 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 2 months ago 4 days ago
total versions 233 259
version average every 12 days every 10 days
maintainers 2 4
dependencies 4 30
Daily Downloads 98,459 347,137
Weekly Downloads 2,157,534 5,226,604
Monthly Downloads 8,270,924 19,592,224
open issues 1 172
open pull requests 0 30
stargazers 7,909 38,379
subscribers 322 1,825
forks 1,037 6,768
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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