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List of minimalist frameworks

A list of minimalist frameworks (simple and lightweight). All in alphabetical order.


Framework for CSS

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Name Minimum size (base) Repository License
Atatonic 5.1 KiB (minified) http://code.google.com/p/atatonic-css-framwork/ MIT
Avalanche 79 bytes https://github.com/colourgarden/avalanche/ MIT
Base 2.95 KiB (minified + gzipped) https://github.com/matthewhartman/base MIT
Bass 3.79 KiB (minified + gzipped) https://github.com/jxnblk/basscss MIT
Bijou 1.065 KiB (minified and gzipped) https://github.com/andhart/bijou MIT
Blaze CSS 182.5 KiB (minified and gzipped) https://github.com/BlazeCSS/blaze MIT
Cardinal 4.25 KiB (minified and gzipped) https://github.com/cbracco/cardinal MIT
Cascade Framework 10.6 KiB (all modules) https://github.com/jslegers/cascadeframework MIT
Cascade Framework Light 2.0 KiB (all modules) https://github.com/jslegers/cascadeframeworklight MIT
Concise CSS 3.46 kiB (Core: minified + gzipped) https://github.com/ConciseCSS/concise.css MIT
Concrete 3.2 KiB https://github.com/davidlumley/concrete MIT
Furtive 2.47 KiB https://github.com/johnotander/furtive MIT
iceCream 1.8 Kib (minified) http://html5-ninja.com/icecream/ WTFPL
Kaliber 6KB (minified + gzipped) https://github.com/robbinfellow/kaliber MIT
KNACSS 13.2 KiB (all modules) https://github.com/raphaelgoetter/KNACSS WTFPL
Kube 15.2 KiB https://github.com/sashka/kube MIT
Lesli CSS 37.3 KiB https://github.com/LesliTech/LesliCSS GNU
Milligram 2.0 KiB (minified and gzipped) https://github.com/milligram/milligram MIT
Min 0.9 KiB (minified and gzipped) https://github.com/owenversteeg/min MIT
mini.css 7KB (minified + gzipped) https://github.com/Chalarangelo/mini.css MIT
Mistype 2.1 KiB https://github.com/ZDroid/mistype MIT
Picnic CSS 3.0 KiB (minified and gzipped) https://github.com/picnicss/picnic MIT
PocketGrid 0.5 KiB https://github.com/arnaudleray/pocketgrid MIT
Pure 4.3 KiB (gzipped) https://github.com/yui/pure BSD
Responsable 2.63 KiB (minified and gzipped) https://github.com/Responsable/Responsable-Framework CC-BY-SA
RocketCSS 6.4 KiB https://github.com/RocketCSS/RocketCSS MIT
Simple Grid 1.1 KiB https://github.com/ThisIsDallas/Simple-Grid Unknown
Skeleton 1.63 KiB (minified and gzipped) https://github.com/dhg/Skeleton MIT
Tachyons 16.94 KB (minified and gzipped) https://github.com/tachyons-css/tachyons MIT
Toast 1.2 KiB https://github.com/daneden/Toast Unknown
YAML 5.9 KiB https://github.com/yamlcss/yaml CC-BY 2.0

Web Framework for C

Name Repository License
go-horse https://github.com/gabrielfalcao/go-horse MIT
Raphters https://github.com/DanielWaterworth/Raphters GPL

Database framework for PHP

Name Minimum size (base) Repository License
activerecord 744KB https://github.com/bephp/activerecord.git MIT
Flourish 9MB https://github.com/flourishlib/flourish-classes MIT
Medoo 10KB https://github.com/catfan/Medoo MIT
RedBeanPHP 4 289KB https://github.com/gabordemooij/redbean BSD
NotORM 44KB https://github.com/vrana/notorm GNU

Frameworks for Front-end JS

Name Bower Install Repository License
Aura bower install aura https://github.com/aurajs/aura MIT
C H O O npm install choo https://github.com/yoshuawuyts/choo MIT
Kraken Unknown https://github.com/cferdinandi/kraken MIT
Min.js Unknown https://github.com/remy/min.js MIT
Reactive.coffee bower install reactive-coffee https://github.com/yang/reactive-coffee MIT
Responsive Unknown https://github.com/ResponsiveBP/Responsive MIT
ScaleApp bower install scaleapp https://github.com/flosse/scaleApp MIT
skel Unknown https://github.com/n33/skel MIT
Spine bower install spine https://github.com/spine/spine MIT
Stapes bower install stapes http://github.com/hay/stapes MIT
Topcoat bower lookup topcoat https://github.com/topcoat/topcoat Apache License V2
VertxUI through Java https://github.com/nielsbaloe/vertxui GNU

Web framework for Go

Name Repository License
Beego Framework https://github.com/astaxie/beego Apache License V2
Gocraft/web https://github.com/gocraft/web MIT
Martini https://github.com/codegangsta/martini MIT
Traffic https://github.com/pilu/traffic MIT

Web framework for Haskell

Name Cabal Install Repository License
Scotty cabal install scotty https://github.com/scotty-web/scotty BSD3
Snap cabal install snap https://github.com/snapframework/snap BSD3

Web framework for Java

Name Repository License
Blade https://github.com/biezhi/blade Apache License V2
JFinal https://github.com/jfinal/jfinal Apache License V2
Jodd https://github.com/oblac/jodd BSD-2
Jooby https://github.com/jooby-project/jooby Apache License V2
Molecule https://github.com/testinfected/molecule MIT
Ninja Framework https://github.com/ninjaframework/ninja Apache License V2
Pippo https://github.com/decebals/pippo Apache License V2
Play Framework https://github.com/playframework/playframework Apache License V2
Restlet https://github.com/restlet/restlet-framework-java Apache License V2
RestX https://github.com/restx/restx Apache License V2
Resty https://github.com/Dreampie/resty Apache License V2
Spark https://github.com/perwendel/spark Apache License V2
Stapler https://github.com/stapler/stapler BSD

Web framework for JavaScript

Name Repository License
Stapes https://github.com/hay/stapes MIT
Mithril https://github.com/lhorie/mithril.js MIT
Umbrella https://github.com/umbrellajs/umbrella MIT

Web Framework for Lua

Name LuaRocks Install Repository License
Lapis luarocks install lapis https://github.com/leafo/lapis MIT
Vanilla luarocks install vanilla https://github.com/idevz/vanilla MIT

Web framework for Node.js

Name NPM Install Repository License
Express.js [sudo] npm install express https://github.com/visionmedia/express MIT
Codekart npm install codekart https://github.com/myworld4059/Codekart MIT
Feathers npm install -g feathers-cli https://github.com/feathersjs/feathers MIT
Flatiron [sudo] npm install -g flatiron https://github.com/flatiron MIT
Hapi npm install hapi https://github.com/spumko/hapi Unknown
Koa [sudo] npm install koajs https://github.com/koajs/koa MIT
Meryl npm install meryl https://github.com/kadirpekel/meryl MIT
total.js npm install total.js https://github.com/totaljs/framework MIT
Restify npm install restify https://github.com/mcavage/node-restify MIT
SocketStream [sudo] npm install -g socketstream https://github.com/socketstream/socketstream MIT
Sails.js [sudo]npm -g install sails https://github.com/balderdashy/sails MIT

Web framework for Perl

Name cpan install Repository License
Dancer cpan Dancer https://github.com/PerlDancer/Dancer Artistic or GPL v.1
Mojolicious cpan Mojolicious https://github.com/kraih/mojo Artistic 2.0

Web framework for PHP

Name Repository License
Afro https://github.com/jbrooksuk/Afro MIT
AuraPHP https://github.com/auraphp/Aura.Web_Kernel BSD
Bullet https://github.com/vlucas/bulletphp MIT
CrudKit https://github.com/skyronic/crudkit/ MIT
Deano http://github.com/colindean/deano MIT
Equip Framework https://github.com/equip/framework MIT
Fat Free https://github.com/bcosca/fatfree GPL 3
Fitzgerald https://github.com/gregmolnar/fitzgerald MIT
Flight https://github.com/mikecao/flight MIT
Frankie Framework https://github.com/wdalmut/frankie MIT
IceHawk Framework https://github.com/icehawk/icehawk MIT
Hackwork https://github.com/ZDroid/hackwork MIT
Limonade https://github.com/sofadesign/limonade Unknown
Lumen https://github.com/laravel/lumen MIT
MicroMVC https://github.com/Xeoncross/MicroMVC MIT
Mini 3 https://github.com/panique/mini3 Unknown
Nanite https://github.com/nirix/nanite LGPLv3
Opulence https://github.com/opulencephp/Opulence MIT
One PHP https://github.com/juliomatcom/one-php-microframework MIT
Phalcon Framework https://github.com/phalcon/cphalcon BSD3
PolyFramework https://github.com/polymedio/polyframework BSD3
Popcorn https://github.com/popphp/popcorn NEW BSD
Respect\Rest http://github.com/Respect/Rest BSD3
Silex https://github.com/silexphp/Silex MIT
Slim https://github.com/slimphp/Slim MIT
Smce Framework https://github.com/imadige/smceframework-MVC MIT
Swiftlet https://github.com/ElbertF/Swiftlet MIT
Wave Framework https://github.com/kristovaher/Wave-Framework LGPLv3
Yaf https://github.com/laruence/php-yaf PHP License v3.01
Zaphpa https://github.com/zaphpa/zaphpa/ MIT
Tiny MVC https://github.com/mohrt/tinymvc-php LGPL
Tonic http://github.com/peej/tonic MIT
toKernel https://github.com/tokernel/toKernel.1 GPL

Web framework for Python

Name PIP Install Repository License
Appier pip install appier https://github.com/hivesolutions/appier Apache License 2.0
Bobo pip install bobo https://github.com/zopefoundation/bobo ZPL 2.1
Bottle [sudo] pip install bottle https://github.com/defnull/bottle MIT
CherryPy pip install CherryPy https://bitbucket.org/cherrypy/cherrypy/overview BSD
Clastic pip install clastic https://github.com/mahmoud/clastic BSD
Cyclone pip install cyclone https://github.com/fiorix/cyclone Apache License 2.0
Falcon pip install falcon https://github.com/racker/falcon Apache License 2.0
Flask pip install Flask https://github.com/mitsuhiko/flask BSD
Fresco pip install fresco https://bitbucket.org/ollyc/fresco Apache License 2.0
Itty-Bitty pip install itty https://github.com/toastdriven/itty/ BSD3
Klein pip install klein https://github.com/twisted/klein MIT
Morepath pip install morepath https://github.com/morepath/morepath BSD3
ObjectWeb Unknown https://github.com/aisola/ObjectWeb LGPLv3
Pecan pip install pecan https://github.com/stackforge/pecan BSD
Pyramid pip install pyramid https://github.com/Pylons/pyramid BSD-derived
Sanic pip install sanic https://github.com/channelcat/sanic MIT
Tornado pip install tornado https://github.com/facebook/tornado Apache License 2.0
Web.py [sudo] pip install web.py https://github.com/webpy/webpy Public domain
Wheezy.web pip install wheezy.web https://bitbucket.org/akorn/wheezy.web MIT

Web framework for Ruby

Name Gem Install Repository License
Brooklyn gem install brooklyn https://github.com/luislavena/brooklyn MIT
Busker gem install busker https://github.com/pachacamac/busker MIT
Camping gem install camping http://github.com/camping/camping MIT
Cuba gem install cuba https://github.com/soveran/cuba MIT
Dashing gem install dashing https://github.com/Shopify/dashing MIT
Grape gem install grape https://github.com/intridea/grape MIT
Crepe gem install crepe --pre https://github.com/stephencelis/crepe MIT
Hanami gem install hanami https://github.com/hanami/hanami MIT
Hobbit gem install hobbit https://github.com/patriciomacadden/hobbit MIT
Karafka gem install karafka https://github.com/karafka/karafka MIT
Kenji gem install kenji https://github.com/kballenegger/Kenji Azure
Lotus gem install lotusrb https://github.com/lotus/lotus MIT
Nancy gem install nancy https://github.com/guilleiguaran/nancy MIT
New York, New York gem install nyny https://github.com/alisnic/nyny MIT
Padrino gem install padrino https://github.com/padrino/padrino-framework MIT
Rack gem install rack https://github.com/rack/rack MIT
Ramaze gem install ramaze https://github.com/ramaze/ramaze MIT
Sinatra gem install sinatra https://github.com/sinatra/sinatra/ MIT
Trailblazer gem install trailblazer https://github.com/apotonick/trailblazer MIT
Volt gem install volt https://github.com/voltrb/volt/ MIT

Web framework for Scala

Name Repository License
Finatra https://github.com/twitter/finatra Apache License V2
Play Framework https://github.com/playframework/playframework Apache License V2
Scalatra https://github.com/scalatra/scalatra BSD
Spray https://github.com/spray/spray Apache License V2
Scruffy https://github.com/scruffy-project/scruffy Apache license V2

Web framework for .NET (C#)

Name Repository License
Aurora https://github.com/frankhale/aurora GPL
Butterfly Server .NET https://github.com/firesharkstudios/butterfly-server-dotnet MPL
Nancy https://github.com/NancyFx/Nancy/ MIT