shelf VS functions-framework-dart

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


Web server middleware for Dart (by dart-lang)
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shelf functions-framework-dart
30 3
848 528
1.5% 0.8%
7.1 7.6
12 days ago 16 days ago
Dart Dart
BSD 3-clause "New" or "Revised" License Apache License 2.0
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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 2024-01-30.
  • Dart on the Server: Exploring Server-Side Dart Technologies in 2024
    4 projects | | 30 Jan 2024
  • shelf_proxy
    2 projects | /r/dartlang | 7 Mar 2023
    To be honest, there's not much to it! It's a single-file add-on for the shelf package with about 100 lines of code, and the comment for the ProxyHandler class at the top sums up the shelf-proxy package pretty well:
  • Dart in backend??
    2 projects | /r/dartlang | 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 | /r/FlutterDev | 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 | /r/dartlang | 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.


Posts with mentions or reviews of functions-framework-dart. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-07-03.
  • Dartness: the dart web framework
    3 projects | /r/dartlang | 3 Jul 2022
    Shelf provides different functionalities that I can be abstracted of, some other packages are using it also, like functions framework
  • Dart out of Flutter
    8 projects | /r/dartlang | 14 Feb 2022
    I have been doing a review of the backend portion of our product development and have been researching Dart Cloud Functions Framework this product is under most developers radar, even Flutter developers but you can write serverless functions and deploy to gcloud very easily. I had to let go of my full stack dart dream because we love using firebase and couldn't fully interact with firebase events. I'm keeping a very close eye on it because the development environment is amazing for local dev it's also containerized using the official dart docker image.
  • Full stack demo for on GitHub for upcoming conference
    3 projects | /r/FlutterDev | 29 Mar 2021
    As part of a full-stack talk for an upcoming conference, I'm going to do a very short demo with a Flutter desktop app calling a Dart serverless app (created with the Dart Functions Framework dartfn tool) running on Cloud Run.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing shelf and functions-framework-dart 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

dart-express - Express-like HTTP framework written in Dart

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


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

pub-dev - The website

angular - Fast and productive web framework provided by Dart

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

aspectd - AOP for Flutter(Dart)

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

attoparsec-conduit - A streaming data library