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An MVC framework for Node.js, built on top of Express. Brisk omits most of the platform-specific conventions and returns application development to a more traditional object-oriented structure. Inspired by Backbone.js and using lessons learnt from developing KISSCMS.

At its core it uses a modified version of John Resig’s simple class. This provides class level inheritance and callbacks.


  • Auto-routing
  • Slim express configuration
  • OO architecture
  • Clean app folder


Using npm:

npm install brisk


When initializing Brisk the express app is passed as a site module.

var brisk = require("brisk"),
  express = require("express");
var modules = {
  app : express()
// initialize
brisk.init( modules );

In addition, a number of other modules may be passed that are necessary for the site to function.

For example, modules may also include: db, server, sessions...

Folder structure

Following best practices, the expected folder structure is enforcing seperation of concerns using an MVC architecture and looks something like this:

 |_ controllers
 |_ helpers
 |_ models
 |_ views
 |_ brisk.js
  • controllers define the routes for the site
  • helpers contains helper routines referenced in controllers
  • models describe the data structures
  • views hosts a set of html fragments, used to generate the output of the site

The config folder may contain more configuration files, as required, but the config/brisk.js will be seeked out to overwrite the default configuration.


The config folder should contain all the site configuration.

Each helper may require their own config file, manually used & independent of brisk, but there are two config files that brisk will automatically try to load:


This is the default configuration of the site, overwriting the config/default.js values in the node module


This cofiguration file is dedicated to configuring express, which is a core component of Brisk.


Initiated by Makis Tracend (@tracend)

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Released under the Apache License, v2.0