Express VS Restify

Compare Express vs Restify and see what are their differences.


Fast, unopinionated, minimalist web framework for node. (by expressjs)


The future of Node.js REST development (by restify)
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Express Restify
660 8
63,198 10,695
1.0% 0.1%
5.1 5.6
6 days ago about 1 month ago
JavaScript JavaScript
MIT License MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of Express. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2024-02-22.


Posts with mentions or reviews of Restify. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-05-31.
  • Stop using express.js
    6 projects | | 31 May 2023
    Restify & Fastify Hapi
  • Node JS Microservice Frameworks for Developing Scalable Web Apps.
    12 projects | /r/node | 22 Mar 2023
    Restify – Optimized NodeJS Microservice Framework
  • Preact Releases Signals
    6 projects | | 9 Sep 2022
    We've seen this framework forking happen a lot as good ideas are remixed like Aurelia via Angular, Derw via Elm, Restify via Express, and Spring Boot via Spring to name a few. It's interesting to me this obsession with performance that Preact has with their ability to provide a simple API. That said, I am in no way convinced this'll solve the architecture problem. Without at least guidance, or more importantly, a framework + docs on how to utilize Signals at scale, you'll just end up with a random mess. Still, it's awesome how far they've come, and it's neat to see them still innovating years later.
  • 10 Best Node.js Framework in 2021
    12 projects | | 2 Dec 2021
    Restify.js: Future of Node.js REST development
  • how to deploy a graphQL server with docker and fly
    8 projects | | 15 Sep 2021
    Express GraphQL is a library for building production ready GraphQL HTTP middleware. Despite the emphasis on Express in the repo name, you can create a GraphQL HTTP server with any HTTP web framework that supports connect styled middleware. This includes Connect itself, Express and Restify.
  • What is your current stack?
    20 projects | /r/node | 3 Apr 2021
    Is express still the go-to HTTP server? How are hapi and restify doing? Has koa ever really picked up? Is there any new cool stuff to watch out for (fastify, anyone)?
  • Are you using promises and async / await safely in Node.js?
    5 projects | | 9 Mar 2021
    Restify - No native support yet. Support merged mid-2020, scheduled for a v9 release.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing Express and Restify you can also consider the following projects:

Next.js - The React Framework

SvelteKit - web development, streamlined

Nuxt.js - Nuxt is an intuitive and extendable way to create type-safe, performant and production-grade full-stack web apps and websites with Vue 3. [Moved to:]

AdonisJs Application

fastify - Fast and low overhead web framework, for Node.js

Nest - A progressive Node.js framework for building efficient, scalable, and enterprise-grade server-side applications with TypeScript/JavaScript 🚀

loopback-next - LoopBack makes it easy to build modern API applications that require complex integrations.

json-server - Get a full fake REST API with zero coding in less than 30 seconds (seriously)

Meteor JS - Meteor, the JavaScript App Platform

Moleculer - :rocket: Progressive microservices framework for Node.js

oak - A middleware framework for handling HTTP with Deno 🐿️ 🦕