Comparing connect vs. express vs. koa

How are they different?

Here we compare between connect, express and koa. In this comparison we will focus on the latest versions of those packages. The current versions are connect 3.6.1, express 4.15.2 and koa 2.2.0.

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.
koa, Koa web app framework. It was authored on Nov, 2013.

When comparing those packages you notice that express is the more popular package today (31,458 Stars on Github).
connect has been out there for longer (since 6 years ago), it also has less dependencies, less open issues and less open pull requests.
express has more versions, more frequent updates, more daily downloads, more weekly downloads, more monthly downloads, more stars on Github, more followers on Github and more forks.
koa has a bigger community of maintainers.

In our review connect got 4,559,211 points, express got 7,349,619 points and koa got 174,964 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 those packages.

Going into more detail





description High performance middleware framework Fast, unopinionated, minimalist web framework Koa web app framework
keywords framework, web, middleware, connect, rack express, framework, sinatra, web, rest, restful, router, app, api web, app, http, application, framework, middleware, rack
author TJ Holowaychuk TJ Holowaychuk N/A
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licenses MIT MIT MIT
created 6 years ago (Dec, 2010) 6 years ago (Dec, 2010) 3 years ago (Nov, 2013)
modified a day ago 8 hours ago 2 days ago
total versions 228 251 64
version average every 10 days every 9 days every 20 days
maintainers 3 4 9
dependencies 4 28 24
Daily Downloads 320,172 466,610 10,385
Weekly Downloads 1,764,047 2,662,962 57,181
Monthly Downloads 7,012,564 11,486,759 243,474
open issues 1 137 24
open pull requests 0 30 6
stargazers 7,110 31,458 15,173
subscribers 310 1,646 721
forks 959 5,694 1,330
Overall points






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

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