5 Best Node.js Web Application Frameworks

Node.js is a popular JavaScript framework that allows developers to create scalable networked web applications. Node.js contains different types of frameworks such as full-stack framework, MVC framework and REST API.

Here are 5 of the best node.js web application frameworks. These frameworks are user-friendly and relatively easy to use.


Locomotive is a web-based framework with a conventional file structure and common MVC patterns. Locomotive uses the Express framework to employ a highly organized structure for routes and controllers. It integrates easily with all database and template engines. It produces gorgeous code and extremely fast development time. It’s fairly easy to use if you have a background in Rails. The present feature-set is reliable and covered by unit tests.


KeystoneJS is a content management system and web application platform built on Express and Mongo. It was created to allow developers to build database-driven web applications. It uses Express framework, which is great for hybrid web applications. It is known for its reliability for commercial web applications and moving them into production. It provides tools and modules to enable the easier building of routes, sessions, models, etc. It comes with an admin dashboard which is created automatically from the mongoose models.


Sails.js is a great framework that makes developing custom enterprise applications and modern Node.js apps a breeze. It’s also useful for creating charts, dashboards, and games. It is designed to emulate the MVC architecture of other frameworks for developers like Ruby on Rails. Sails.js adds support for data-driven APIs with a highly scalable architecture. Features include 100% JavaScript compliance, a simple data access layer that works with any database and simple, practical data modeling.


Total.js is another excellent framework for building web applications and websites using JavaScript, HTML and CSS. This framework has various excellent features. A unique templating engine provides simple and powerful web development templates. The framework is extensible so you can rewrite functionality and replace it with your own if required. RESTful routing gives the framework one of the best routing engines around. To create real-time applications and multiplayer games the framework supports Server-Sent events and WebSocket.


Express is a flexible and minimal node.js web application framework. It has a solid set of features to allow building single and multi-page websites and hybrid web applications. The minimal layer of features provides great performance without obscuring features you need to use in node.js. Express uses third-party node modules which provides the ability to interface with practically any database. Express allows you to structure your web application dependent on the size of your team and the application scale. Routes and other application logic can be placed in any number of files within any preferred directory structure.

All these node.js web application frameworks provide similar basic features and tools. Choosing the best framework for your website or web application depends on various factors. Before you make your final choice do your research and test the framework that fits your project and your team.

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francis woods
7 years ago

I have tried Express but wasn’t impressed by it. Maybe it is because I am well versed in the others, but I thought that it didn’t have enough features for me.

6 years ago
Reply to  francis woods

I agree with you! The features were a little lacking compared to the other frameworks that I am more familiar with.

7 years ago

Wow, this is excellent! It’s nice to have the different frameworks spelled out in simple terms. I wouldn’t have understood their usefulness, otherwise. Which one would you recommend for a beginner?

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