Top WebSocket libraries for Node.js in 2022

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  • Socket.io

    Realtime application framework (Node.JS server)

    With nearly 55k stars on GitHub and about 3 million downloads on npm weekly, Socket.IO is a great library to keep an eye on in 2022. The documentation is very straightforward, meaning even an inexperienced developer should be able to get started in little to no time.

  • SocketCluster

    Highly scalable realtime framework

    SocketCluster is a highly scalable framework and a real-time HTTP server engine that enables you to build multi-process, real-time servers using all of the available CPU cores at once. With SocketCluster, the backend avoids running the Node.js server as a single thread, working more efficiently and remaining resilient.

  • Appwrite

    Appwrite - The Open Source Firebase alternative introduces iOS support . Appwrite is an open source backend server that helps you build native iOS applications much faster with realtime APIs for authentication, databases, files storage, cloud functions and much more!

  • feathers

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

    At the time of writing, the project has almost 14k stars on GitHub and 26k weekly downloads on npm. Feathers also includes an excellent documentation and is well known for being lightweight and easy to integrate with different databases.

  • SockJS

    WebSocket emulation - Node.js server

    SockJS is a JavaScript library that provides communication between the client and the server in a way similar to the native WebSockets API. SockJS functions with a server counterpart in the form of sockjs-node and SockJS-client, a JavaScript client library.

  • sockjs-client

    WebSocket emulation - Javascript client

    SockJS is a JavaScript library that provides communication between the client and the server in a way similar to the native WebSockets API. SockJS functions with a server counterpart in the form of sockjs-node and SockJS-client, a JavaScript client library.

  • ws

    Simple to use, blazing fast and thoroughly tested WebSocket client and server for Node.js

    With over 17.5k stars on GitHub and about 35 million weekly downloads on npm, ws is one of the most popular Node.js WebSocket libraries available.

  • socket.io-client

    Realtime application framework (client)

    Socket.IO’s primary use, however, is for facilitating real-time, bidirectional, and event-based communication between the browser and the server. Like ws, Socket.IO has a Node.js server and a JavaScript client library.

  • Scout APM

    Less time debugging, more time building. Scout APM allows you to find and fix performance issues with no hassle. Now with error monitoring and external services monitoring, Scout is a developer's best friend when it comes to application development.

  • faye-websocket-node

    Standards-compliant WebSocket client and server

    Extracted from the Faye project, Faye WebSocket is a multi-purpose WebSocket that makes it easy to command the pre-existing WebSocket connections in a Node.js app.

  • sockette

    The cutest little WebSocket wrapper! 🧦

    Sockette is a WebSocket wrapper that allows you to reuse instances without having to declare all event listeners multiple times. Sockette is a very lightweight library, just about 367 bytes according to the GitHub page. If a connection is lost, Sockette automatically reconnects.

NOTE: The number of mentions on this list indicates mentions on common posts plus user suggested alternatives. Hence, a higher number means a more popular project.

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