server.js for Node

npm install server

Batteries on

Everything you need is loaded by default

Realtime channels in a couple of lines

Modern ES7+

Use async/await and forget Callback Hell


Many tutorials and docs for productivity


Sane defaults & great libraries underneath


Fully compatible with Express middleware

server.js for Node.js

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Powerful server for Node.js that just works so you can focus on your awesome project:

// Include it and extract some methods for convenience
const server = require('server');
const { get, post } = server.router;

// Launch server with options and a couple of routes
server({ port: 8080 }, [
  get('/', ctx => 'Hello world'),
  post('/', ctx => {
    return 'ok';

Simplicity is a great virtue but it requires hard work to achieve it and education to appreciate it. And to make matters worse: complexity sells better.

― Edsger W. Dijkstra

Getting started

There's a whole tutorial on getting started for beginners but the quick version is to first install server as a dependency:

npm install server

Server requires Node.js 7.6.0 or newer. Node.js 8.x.y LTS is recommended.

Then you can create a file called index.js with this code:

// Include the server in your file
const server = require('server');
const { get, post } = server.router;

// Handle requests to the url "/" ( http://localhost:3000/ )
  get('/', ctx => 'Hello world!')

Execute this in the terminal to get the server started:

node .

And finally, open your browser on localhost:3000 and you should see 'Hello world!' on your browser.


The library is documented here:

Full Documentation

Subscribe here to receive tutorials when released. Tutorials are good for learning while the documentation is good for reference/quick use once you know the basics.

You can also download the repository and try the examples by browsing to them and node . inside each of them in /examples.

Use cases

The package server is great for many situations. Let's see some of them:

Small to medium projects

Everything works out of the box, you get great support for most features and you can easily tap into Express' middleware ecosystem. What's not to love?

Some of the included features: body and file parsers, cookies, sessions, websockets, Redis, gzip, favicon, csrf, SSL, etc. They just work so you will save a headache or two and can focus on your actual project. Get a simple form going:

const server = require('server');
const { get, post } = server.router;
const { render, redirect } = server.reply;

  get('/', () => render('index.pug')),
  post('/', ctx => {
    return redirect('/');

API design

From the flexibility and expressivity of the bundle, designing APIs is a breeze:

// books/router.js
const { get, post, put, del } = require('server/router');
const ctrl = require('./controller');

module.exports = [
  get('/book', ctrl.list),
  get('/book/:id', ctrl.item),
  post('/book', ctrl.create),
  put('/book/:id', ctrl.update),
  del('/book/:id', ctrl.delete)

Real time

Websockets were never this easy to use! With on the front-end, you can simply do this in the back-end to handle those events:

// chat/router.js
const { socket } = require('server/router');
const ctrl = require('./controller');

module.exports = [
  socket('connect', ctrl.join),
  socket('message', ctrl.message),
  socket('disconnect', ctrl.leave)

Author & support

This package was created by Francisco Presencia but hopefully developed and maintained by many others. See the the list of contributors here.

You can also sponsor the project, get your logo in here and some other perks with tons of ♥