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Comparing express vs. feathers vs. loopback vs. meanjs-core vs. sails

How are they different?

Here we compare between express, feathers, loopback, meanjs-core and sails. In this comparison we will focus on the latest versions of those packages. The current versions are express 4.16.2, feathers 2.2.3, loopback 3.16.2, meanjs-core 0.0.4 and sails 0.12.14.

express, Fast, unopinionated, minimalist web framework. It was authored by TJ Holowaychuk on Dec, 2010.
feathers, Build Better APIs, Faster than Ever. It was authored by Feathers on Jun, 2013.
loopback, LoopBack: Open Source Framework for Node.js. It was authored on Sep, 2013.
meanjs-core, MEAN.JS - Core services for the MEAN.JS boilerplate. Full-Stack JavaScript Using MongoDB, Express, AngularJS, and Node.js From Creators of MEAN.IO - http://meanjs.org. It was authored by Michael Cole on May, 2014.
sails, API-driven framework for building realtime apps, using MVC conventions (based on Express and Socket.io). It was authored by Mike McNeil on Jan, 2013.

express has been out there for longer (since 7 years ago), it also has more versions, more daily downloads, more weekly downloads and more monthly downloads.
loopback has a bigger community of maintainers.
meanjs-core has less dependencies and less open pull requests.
sails has more frequent updates.

In our review express got 11,176,349 points, feathers got 33,719 points, loopback got 86,604 points, meanjs-core got 157 points and sails got 78,887 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

 

express
4.16.2
NPM

feathers
2.2.3
NPM

loopback
3.16.2
NPM

meanjs-core
0.0.4
NPM

sails
0.12.14
NPM

description Fast, unopinionated, minimalist web framework Build Better APIs, Faster than Ever. LoopBack: Open Source Framework for Node.js MEAN.JS - Core services for the MEAN.JS boilerplate. Full-Stack JavaScript Using MongoDB, Express, AngularJS, and Node.js From Creators of MEAN.IO - http://meanjs.org API-driven framework for building realtime apps, using MVC conventions (based on Express and Socket.io)
keywords express, framework, sinatra, web, rest, restful, router, app, api feathers, REST, socket.io, realtime web, restful, rest, api, express, restify, koa, auth, security, oracle, mysql, nosql, mongo, mongodb, sqlserver, mssql, postgres, postgresql, soap, StrongLoop, framework, mobile, mBaaS mvc, web-framework, express, sailsjs, sails.js, REST, API, orm, socket.io
author TJ Holowaychuk Feathers N/A Michael Cole Mike McNeil
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licenses MIT MIT MIT MIT MIT
created 7 years ago (Dec, 2010) 4 years ago (Jun, 2013) 4 years ago (Sep, 2013) 4 years ago (May, 2014) 5 years ago (Jan, 2013)
modified 11 hours ago a month ago 19 days ago 4 years ago 15 days ago
total versions 258 44 149 5 185
version average every 10 days every a month every 10 days every 8 months every 10 days
maintainers 4 2 21 1 4
dependencies 30 7 22 3 59
Daily Downloads 284,042 529 1,110 0 1,910
Weekly Downloads 4,267,451 8,755 24,869 5 20,389
Monthly Downloads 17,709,371 40,522 116,451 59 91,639
open issues 150 26 133 0 60
open pull requests 30 1 6 0 19
stargazers 35,125 7,862 10,134 0 18,034
subscribers 1,756 262 452 0 818
forks 6,346 272 958 0 1,741
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11,176,349

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33,719

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86,604

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157

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78,887

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install npm i -S express npm i -S feathers npm i -S loopback npm i -S meanjs-core npm i -S sails
remove npm r -S express npm r -S feathers npm r -S loopback npm r -S meanjs-core npm r -S sails

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