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 3.6.2, express 4.15.3 and koa 2.3.0.

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 (32,604 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.
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 4,810,086 points, express got 8,628,522 points and koa got 203,947 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 7 years ago (Dec, 2010) 7 years ago (Dec, 2010) 4 years ago (Nov, 2013)
modified 13 days ago 9 hours ago 9 days ago
total versions 229 252 65
version average every 10 days every 9 days every 20 days
maintainers 3 4 9
dependencies 4 28 24
Daily Downloads 318,148 568,318 11,536
Weekly Downloads 1,711,416 3,129,511 65,901
Monthly Downloads 7,568,637 13,473,527 289,364
open issues 2 155 28
open pull requests 0 30 7
stargazers 7,259 32,604 16,146
subscribers 311 1,676 753
forks 970 5,904 1,422
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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