shelf VS dart-express

Compare shelf vs dart-express and see what are their differences.


Web server middleware for Dart (by dart-lang)


Express-like HTTP framework written in Dart (by deriegle)
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shelf dart-express
26 1
692 34
2.2% -
6.9 2.1
25 days ago 2 months ago
Dart Dart
BSD 3-clause "New" or "Revised" License BSD 2-clause "Simplified" License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of shelf. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-12-01.
  • Dart in backend??
    2 projects | | 1 Dec 2022
    These are the best backend frameworks for Dart right now but you can use the shelf package if you want a slightly different approach
  • Serverside Dart
    5 projects | | 17 Nov 2022
    In this blog, I will talk about the benchmarks of Flask (Python), Express (JavaScript), Shelf (Dart), dart_frog (Dart) and Conduit (Dart), and my opinions on Dart on the server side.
  • Server-side Dart
    4 projects | | 3 Oct 2022
    There was a time, I want to start a new project and have to choose what technologies to use for the frontend and backend parts as well. Research gets me to Aqueduct and Shelf, both of them weren't looking actively developing and supported and that leads me to the idea to make my own small micro-framework like Echo for Golang or Bottle for Python. And it was easy to decide: I've had time and motivation :)
  • Dart Frog
    6 projects | | 10 Sep 2022
    Dart Frog 🐸 es un framework web construido sobre Shelf inspirado por Next.JS, Remix y Express.
  • Are you using monorepos?
    9 projects | | 1 Jun 2022
    We are't using one of the frameworks for Dart on the backend (Conduit, Dart Frog) and instead built on top of shelf for both the projects we've used Dart on the backend for - one we went for a gRPC approach and the implemented a REST API.
  • Dart - From scratch to deploy 🚀
    4 projects | | 5 May 2022
  • Deployment of a Dart Server on Heroku
    3 projects | | 9 Apr 2022
    We also need a software service that we already built in the videos mentioned above. The service we want to deploy will use the shelf server from Dart hat we already run locally and make our first requests. But this will also work if you use a aqueduct server or a conduit server.
  • Examples of “beautiful” dart code
    7 projects | | 26 Mar 2022
    The shelf package has always looked very well-written to me. I like the way functions and function typedefs are preferred over classes, how it uses short and simple source files, and usages of streams for requests and responses. This package makes good use of language and SDK features that only work in Dart.
  • From Python to Dart - Day 2, Meet the dart CLI
    7 projects | | 7 Mar 2022
    | console-simple | A simple console application (basic template). | | ---------------- | -------------------------------------------------- ----- | | console-full | Console application with tests. | | package-simple | A starting point for Dart libraries or apps. | | server-shelf | Server based on shelf. | | web-simple | Web application with core libraries. |
  • Dart out of Flutter
    8 projects | | 14 Feb 2022
    You might want to look at shelf. The whole backend of runs on that.


Posts with mentions or reviews of dart-express. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-02-14.
  • Dart out of Flutter
    8 projects | | 14 Feb 2022
    I've already looked at it, I think it's a great lib however I like the style of express.js so I came across this lib which seemed quite interesting, however it's a shame it lacks maturity.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing shelf and dart-express you can also consider the following projects:

aqueduct - Dart HTTP server framework for building REST APIs. Includes PostgreSQL ORM and OAuth2 provider.

jaguar - Jaguar, a server framework built for speed, simplicity and extensible. ORM, Session, Authentication & Authorization, OAuth

drogon - Drogon: A C++14/17 based HTTP web application framework running on Linux/macOS/Unix/Windows [Moved to:]


pub-dev -, the Dart package repository, written in Dart

angular - Fast and productive web framework provided by Dart

conduit - Dart HTTP server framework for building REST APIs. Includes PostgreSQL ORM and OAuth2 provider.

aspectd - AOP for Flutter(Dart)

args - A command-line argument parsing library for Dart.

attoparsec-conduit - A streaming data library

functions-framework-dart - FaaS (Function as a service) framework for writing portable Dart functions

dart-sass - The reference implementation of Sass, written in Dart.