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 3.6.6, express 4.16.3 and koa 2.5.2.

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 (39,242 Stars on Github).
connect has been out there for longer (since 8 years ago), it also has fewer dependencies, fewer open issues and fewer 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 5,150,010 points, express got 12,877,673 points and koa got 460,431 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 8 years ago (Dec, 2010) 8 years ago (Dec, 2010) 5 years ago (Nov, 2013)
modified 4 months ago 2 months ago 5 days ago
total versions 233 259 73
version average every 12 days every 11 days every 23 days
maintainers 2 4 5
dependencies 4 30 24
Daily Downloads 90,600 285,974 7,738
Weekly Downloads 2,005,107 4,998,534 179,015
Monthly Downloads 8,180,808 20,369,437 680,400
open issues 2 173 53
open pull requests 1 30 17
stargazers 8,016 39,242 22,150
subscribers 322 1,854 854
forks 1,049 6,909 1,985
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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