LiteNode, Node.js Web Framework

This post is about a fast, lightweight, and independent Node.js web framework called LiteNode.


I've highlighted in some of my previous articles that Node.js shouldn't be solely blamed for misuse, as any tool can fall victim to lazy implementation, including the rush to adopt the most popular solutions for integrating desired functionalities into applications.

As I've reiterated before, JavaScript isn't about piling up excessive code to accomplish simple tasks! You don't need a cannon to kill a fly, yet regrettably, that's the path many developers tend to take.

Believing firmly in the mantra of simplicity coupled with efficiency, and the philosophy of writing less to achieve more, I advocate for embracing the JavaScript approach, particularly starting with ES6. Hence, my ongoing search for lightweight and effective solutions led me to discover Velocy: a blazing fast, minimal backend framework tailored for Node.js. It was invigorating to find like-minded individuals within the expansive Node.js ecosystem.

Given Velocy's status as an ongoing open-source Node.js tutorial project, I felt inspired to contribute and further refine it. This led to the inception of my inaugural npm package, LiteNode.

Improvements from Velocy

The primary distinctions from Velocy, at present, include:

  1. JSON body parsing
  2. Integrated startServer Functionality
  3. Static Asset Loader
  4. Custom Error Handling
  5. Middleware Support
  6. Templating (added on June 09 2024)
  7. Methods extending the response object (added on June 09 2024)
  8. Markdown support (added on June 13 2024)

Additionally, LiteNode can be utilized either through the import method for ES6 module apps or the require method for CommonJS modules.

// ES6 import syntax
import { LiteNode } from "litenode"

// CommonJS modules
const { LiteNode } = require("litenode")


LiteNode's documentation is available on LiteNode documentation site.

Package and repository are available at:

Ongoing Journey

As my quest for featherlight and effective solutions continues, LiteNode will similarly improve, as will Blog-Doc, achieving greater functionality with streamlined code.

I hope users and developers in the Node.js ecosystem will find LiteNode a useful, simpler yet powerful alternative, especially with its approach of "write less, do more!".