riot VS hyperapp

Compare riot vs hyperapp and see what are their differences.

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riot hyperapp
5 16
14,749 18,908
0.1% -
8.0 3.7
9 days ago 1 day ago
JavaScript JavaScript
GNU General Public License v3.0 or later MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of riot. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-12-17.


Posts with mentions or reviews of hyperapp. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-10-05.
  • Espresso.js – minimal React alternative – is now a decade old
    5 projects | | 5 Oct 2022
    The likely reason it never caught on, is that it has similar pitfalls as Backbone:

    - manually attaching DOM elements to view controllers

    - manually attaching child views

    - models which have to be wired individually via .listenTo

    - possibility of infinite loops if the events accidentally recurse

    A better tiny alternative would be hyperapp[1] or even Preact, that has a similar bundle size.


  • How hard is it to get a Mid FE position without any commercial framework experience?
    2 projects | | 23 Sep 2022
    If they're focused on performance and bundle size, it's your chance to try some minimalistic exotic stuff like hyperapp ( or mithril ( Just for fun
  • AlpineJS
    2 projects | | 10 Sep 2022
    With a bit of a deadline (due to a mixture of procrastination and confidence that Vue would work) I needed something quick. I have also used Hyperapp in the past but that looks like a dead project right now (although arguably it has all the functionality you need so why keep developing it?).
  • What I learned working with a senior engineer as a new grad
    3 projects | | 19 Aug 2022
    I’m glad it left that impression! My thoughts have clarified a bit since I read that post, and I think what I describe is more declarative, like React. But the best places to read about it (for web devs) are in Elm!

    There is also this new thing I found that seems to really lean into the core of what being functional means here:

    After a while, you see that basically all systems can be modeled as event-driven, functional systems. It’s a flexible model, and fits beautiful into web dev where the semantics are very clear: the system is the web app and events are clicks, keyboard events, asynchronous calls...

  • Best JS library/bundler combo for ABSOLUTE MINIMUM production build size possible
    2 projects | | 26 Jun 2022
    Hyperapp is 1kb.
  • What's your favorite frontend framework?
    2 projects | | 12 May 2022
    - Hyperapp ( - Preact - Svelte - React / Vue
  • Popular 'coa' NPM library hijacked to steal user passwords
    3 projects | | 5 Nov 2021
    Personally, I try my best to avoid bringing in dependencies as much as possible, and try to limit my exposure to only dependencies with low/shallow transitive dependency counts. Unfortunately, this is pretty hard, especially in corporate settings. What we need more of are the opposite of what we've been collectively praising: we need more monolithic packages. Case in point: lodash.template is currently vulnerable with no mitigation, even though lodash itself is not. That's just sloppy publishing practices. Esbuild is a great start over the webpack/babel maze of dependencies. There's a stdlib effort along those lines that hopefully would also help. There's a bunch of micro-frameworks that are used in production just fine and have little to no dependencies.
  • Angular Is Rotten to the Core
    9 projects | | 4 Nov 2021
    Even better than JSX is straight up hyperscript or something like @hyperapp/html[1]. JSX feels like a cumbersome attachment in comparison.


    9 projects | | 4 Nov 2021
    > JSX is valid JS. It is converted down to the same thing as what you describe, function calls to React.createElement().

    This is disingenuous. Browsers do not understand JSX, nor do most JavaScript engines. TypeScript also gets transpiled to JavaScript -- it is not valid JavaScript in and of itself, you require a build step. We can argue semantics, but I think it's pretty clear what I meant.

    > You could even alias all the elements to function names

    You've just recreated what I mentioned two comments above in this same comments thread. :) See:

    This is what I'm arguing for over something like JSX.

  • Leveraging JS Proxies for the DOM
    2 projects | | 9 Sep 2021
    Using a proxy to create elements! While this clearly applies to Hyperapp (a "tiny framework for building hypertext applications"), there's no reason why this couldn't apply to vanilla JS.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing riot and hyperapp you can also consider the following projects:

Mithril.js - A JavaScript Framework for Building Brilliant Applications

Vue.js - 🖖 Vue.js is a progressive, incrementally-adoptable JavaScript framework for building UI on the web.

Svelte - Cybernetically enhanced web apps

Element UI - A Vue.js 2.0 UI Toolkit for Web

Preact - ⚛️ Fast 3kB React alternative with the same modern API. Components & Virtual DOM.

React - A declarative, efficient, and flexible JavaScript library for building user interfaces.

Aurelia 1 - The Aurelia 1 framework entry point, bringing together all the required sub-modules of Aurelia.

tape - tap-producing test harness for node and browsers

DalekJS - [unmaintained] DalekJS Base framework

AngularJS - AngularJS - HTML enhanced for web apps!

Alpine.js - A rugged, minimal framework for composing JavaScript behavior in your markup.