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    Fast, unopinionated, minimalist web framework for Node.js.

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    const express = require('express')
    const app = express()
    app.get('/', function (req, res) {
      res.send('Hello World')


    This is a Node.js module available through the npm registry.

    Before installing, download and install Node.js. Node.js 0.10 or higher is required.

    If this is a brand new project, make sure to create a package.json first with the npm init command.

    Installation is done using the npm install command:

    $ npm install express

    Follow our installing guide for more information.


    • Robust routing
    • Focus on high performance
    • Super-high test coverage
    • HTTP helpers (redirection, caching, etc)
    • View system supporting 14+ template engines
    • Content negotiation
    • Executable for generating applications quickly

    Docs & Community

    PROTIP Be sure to read Migrating from 3.x to 4.x as well as New features in 4.x.

    Quick Start

    The quickest way to get started with express is to utilize the executable express(1) to generate an application as shown below:

    Install the executable. The executable's major version will match Express's:

    $ npm install -g express-generator@4

    Create the app:

    $ express /tmp/foo && cd /tmp/foo

    Install dependencies:

    $ npm install

    Start the server:

    $ npm start

    View the website at: http://localhost:3000


    The Express philosophy is to provide small, robust tooling for HTTP servers, making it a great solution for single page applications, websites, hybrids, or public HTTP APIs.

    Express does not force you to use any specific ORM or template engine. With support for over 14 template engines via Consolidate.js, you can quickly craft your perfect framework.


    To view the examples, clone the Express repo and install the dependencies:

    $ git clone --depth 1
    $ cd express
    $ npm install

    Then run whichever example you want:

    $ node examples/content-negotiation


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    The Express.js project welcomes all constructive contributions. Contributions take many forms, from code for bug fixes and enhancements, to additions and fixes to documentation, additional tests, triaging incoming pull requests and issues, and more!

    See the Contributing Guide for more technical details on contributing.

    Security Issues

    If you discover a security vulnerability in Express, please see Security Policies and Procedures.

    Running Tests

    To run the test suite, first install the dependencies, then run npm test:

    $ npm install
    $ npm test


    The original author of Express is TJ Holowaychuk

    The current lead maintainer is Douglas Christopher Wilson

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