Any suggestions for lighter frameworks than Laravel?

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  • leaf

    🍁 The easiest way to create clean, simple but powerful web apps and APIs quickly (by leafsphp)

    LeafPHP is nice. Modular and easy to work with.

  • Spiral Framework

    High-Performance PHP Framework (by spiral)

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  • Ubiquity

    Ubiquity framework

  • Slim

    Slim Framework 4 Skeleton Application

    My APIs are in Slim. It's super light and you have all you need: routes and middlewares.

  • Lumen

    The Laravel Lumen Framework.

    There's a note right in project page:

  • mezzio

    PSR-15 Middleware Microframework

    As I haven't seen it mentioned yet, I can reccommend Laminas Mezzio . It's quite small, bigger than slim though (I think). It basically only handles your HTTP Lifecycle and provides a service container. Everything else you can do on your own.

  • framework

    FEAST Framework (by FeastFramework)

  • InfluxDB

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  • CakePHP

    CakePHP: The Rapid Development Framework for PHP - Official Repository

    Give a try. It also is one of the oldest ones out there, so quite mature and stable while being rather lightweight. Serving JSON API seems like a good fit.

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