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Connect is a middleware layer for Node.js

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Connect is an extensible HTTP server framework for node, providing high performance "plugins" known as middleware.

Connect is bundled with over 14 commonly used middleware, including a logger, session support, cookie parser, and more. Be sure to view the 1.0 documentation.


  • csrf
  • basicAuth
  • bodyParser
  • cookieParser
  • directory
  • errorHandler
  • favicon
  • limit
  • logger
  • methodOverride
  • query
  • responsetime
  • session
  • static
  • staticCache
  • vhost

Static file serving

The benchmarks below show the static() middleware requests per second vs static() with the staticCache() cache layer, out performing other popular node modules, while maintaining more features like Range request etc.

  • static(): 2700 rps
  • node-static: 5300 rps
  • static() + staticCache(): 7500 rps

Running Tests


$ npm install -d


$ make test


Below is the output from git-summary.

 project: connect
 commits: 1727
 files  : 165
  1175  Tj Holowaychuk
   298  visionmedia
   191  Tim Caswell
     8  TJ Holowaychuk
     8  Astro
     5  Nathan Rajlich
     4  Jakub Nešetřil
     3  Daniel Dickison
     3  Alexander Simmerl
     3  Andreas Lind Petersen
     3  David Rio Deiros
     2  Jacques Crocker
     2  Aaron Heckmann
     2  Adam Malcontenti-Wilson
     2  Fabian Jakobs
     2  James Campos
     1  Guillermo Rauch
     1  Jakub Nesetril
     1  Gregory McWhirter
     1  Arthur Taylor
     1  Joshua Peek
     1  Jxck
     1  Marco Sanson
     1  Michael Hemesath
     1  Eran Hammer-Lahav
     1  Craig Barnes
     1  Bart Teeuwisse
     1  Aseem Kishore
     1  Tom Jensen
     1  Trent Mick
     1  nateps
     1  AJ ONeal

Node Compatibility

Connect < 1.x is compatible with node 0.2.x

Connect 1.x is compatible with node 0.4.x

Connect (master) 2.x is compatible with node 0.6.x



View the LICENSE file. The Silk icons used by the directory middleware created by/copyright of FAMFAMFAM.

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