Sapper VS Express

Compare Sapper vs Express and see what are their differences.


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Sapper Express
26 208
7,154 54,708
0.1% 0.9%
7.0 5.5
24 days ago 7 days ago
TypeScript JavaScript
MIT License MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of Sapper. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-10-07.
  • How I Redesigned My Website With SvelteKit | 2021-10-07
    So after using Sapper for some time, I decided to move my website to SvelteKit. I remember saying that I would not move to SvelteKit till they hit version 1 but the framework looks too promising. It had features which I needed and those features weren't in Sapper.
  • Journey to Svelte (through Gatsby) | 2021-09-22
    By that time, we had some troubles with virtual dom itself in our custom rich text editor that we based on slate - it was getting a bit laggy when creating huge financial documents (they usually have enormous tables and a lot of infographics) -so we were already thinking about other options and that’s where svelte comes into the light - especially sapper which was de facto default framework to be used with svelte at that time (SvelteKit wasn’t even announced).
  • Deploying Sapper application to | 2021-09-03
    Sapper is a framework for building web applications of all sizes, with a beautiful development experience and flexible filesystem-based routing. It is the predecessor of Sveltekit.
  • Conheça o que são as siglas CSR, SSR e SSG | 2021-08-27
    Sapper - ecossistema Svelte
  • I'm building a web app that aims to combine features from CodePen, Reddit, Medium,, and Stack Overflow | 2021-07-10
    Lol I won’t, and to answer your question, it’s built using sapper:
  • Sveltekit - to use or not to use? | 2021-07-09
    I maintain a Svelte Starter Kit and all I had to do between several updates is change the layout file names, simplify the hooks, and convert the config file extensions. If you're learning Svelte in 2021, you shouldn't miss learning it, as it's "the missing CLI" and the svelte team's favoured project structure, to build full-stack server rendered and static sites, with File/Folder based routing, focus on server-less with adapters, API routes, and good baked-in conventions and constructs to support common web app needs. It's a successor to Sapper which served the aforementioned needs, with exception of adapters, which is special/unique(with no officially provided parallels in Next.js/Nuxt ecosystems yet) way to make vendor-agnostic, server-less first deployment concern a seamlessly integrated part of the framework.
  • Javascript's import vs require? | 2021-05-28
    Since Node v12, ES modules has been enabled by default. Hence my use of '.mjs' to run my file including a node module. Another way to resolve this issue is to use import with Node.js, you have to edit the package.json to 'type':'module'. However, using this caused my Sapper server to crash since it wasn't supported, as the rollup file outputs the format to commonjs Explained in (this GitHub issue).
  • planning to learn svelte for front-end, need advice | 2021-05-23
    I am not sure whether or not they help you, but both and are open source. both of those projects are built on sapper, not svelte-kit, but a quick look at should be enough to see what changed. (both of those make heavy use of markdown files so I don't know how helpful they are, also if you need help translating something from sapper to svelte-kit just reply and I'll probably be able to help)
  • Difference between SSR, SSG, CSR and SPA | 2021-04-11
    SSR (Server Side Rendering): the process of receiving a request from the client, e.g: a user goes to to load the homepage, and returning a rendered version of the webpage with all the needed info and data to load it as fast as possible. Examples of this are [NextJS](, [NuxtJS](, [Angular Universal](, [SvelteKit]( (currently in Beta) and [Sapper]( (currently going deprecated);
  • Getting my SvelteKit website on Netlify | 2021-04-10
    But wait a minute? The local version is not working anymore? Apparently, Vite, the local build tool, did not like it when I moved the packages. After trying several things, I gave up. As SvelteKit is still in beta, community resources are scarce. I did found a few Sapper examples, the predecessor of SvelteKit, using the adapter-static. Success! Well... kind of.


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 2021-10-24.
  • Building A Robust Backend Server With NestJS 🚧 | 2021-10-24
    Finally, NestJS embeds the ExpressJS engine or that of Fastify (at choice), to deliver a robust and powerful HTTP server. So, you can talk about a framework of frameworks (meta-framework!? 🤔) For this project, I chose to use Fastify which seems more than promising...
  • A story from support - how the quest for a raw DEFLATE compression/decompression function leads to a Node callout server by REST | 2021-10-24
    The Express framework helps with these and a myriad other tasks. It is in fact the standard server framework for Node.js.
  • Create a window manager with React | 2021-10-22
    The backend doesn't matter for this article, but in this case, it's an Express API that provides data about retro games.
  • Introduction to Nodejs and Express | 2021-10-17
    You can find more information about Nodejs in their Documentation. Also you can find information about express in the Express Website. The Express MDN also
  • Backend, for The Absolute Beginner | 2021-10-16
    The following is an example of a server side script written in Nodejs using the express framework.
  • Could you build a website that leverages Node to scrape another specific website?
    Post the url to your Express or Fastify node server (make sure you sanitize the user input).
  • Do big companies use Express.js? | 2021-10-15
  • How to make a serverless webhook for email alerts, using Gatsby Functions | 2021-10-13
    What I have made could easily be adapted to other needs or purposes. If you're not using Gatsby, you don't need to make any big changes to make it work with Netlify Functions or Next.js API routes. The code is pretty similar to how you would create this using the Node.js Express framework.
  • Docker, easy start with nodejs-express app (Part-1) | 2021-10-13
    This is going to be a series of posts this will be the first of them to explain some easy steps to start using docker containers to deploy apps to it, in this very step we are going to use nodejs with express framework to host a hello world app.
  • # Test Driven Development: How to test using VueJS, VueTestUtils and Jest | 2021-10-11
    NodeJs NodeJs is an open-source project that runs the V8 javascript engine, it is also a cross-platform runtime environment. NodeJs has helped developers write server-side code. NodeJs uses the javascript syntax. With a vast module of libraries, developers have shorter development time as most of the libraries handle bulky code contents. NodeJs also have frameworks like Express, Fastify, FeatherJs,, Strapi and others.

What are some alternatives?

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

Next.js - The React Framework

AdonisJs Application

Nuxt.js - The Intuitive Vue Framework

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

Restify - The future of Node.js REST development

Nest - A progressive Node.js framework for building efficient, scalable, and enterprise-grade server-side applications on top of TypeScript & JavaScript (ES6, ES7, ES8) 🚀

SvelteKit - The fastest way to build Svelte apps

Koa - Expressive middleware for node.js using ES2017 async functions

feathers - A framework for real-time applications and REST APIs with JavaScript and TypeScript

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

Meteor JS - Meteor, the JavaScript App Platform

seneca - A microservices toolkit for Node.js.