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Build Better APIs, Faster than Ever.

Feathers is a real-time, micro-service web framework for NodeJS that gives you control over your data via RESTful resources, sockets and flexible plug-ins.

You can build your first real-time API in just 4 commands:

$ npm install -g feathers-cli
$ mkdir my-new-app
$ cd my-new-app/
$ feathers generate
$ npm start

To learn more about Feathers visit the website at or jump right into the Feathers docs.

Here is all the code you need to create a RESTful, real-time message API that uses an in-memory data store:

// app.js 
const feathers = require('feathers');
const rest = require('feathers-rest');
const socketio = require('feathers-socketio');
const memory = require('feathers-memory');
const bodyParser = require('body-parser');
const handler = require('feathers-errors/handler');
// A Feathers app is the same as an Express app 
const app = feathers();
// Add REST API support 
// Configure real-time APIs 
// Parse HTTP JSON bodies 
// Parse URL-encoded params 
app.use(bodyParser.urlencoded({ extended: true }));
// Register our memory "messages" service 
app.use('/messages', memory());
// Register a nicer error handler than the default Express one 
// Start the server 

Then run

npm install feathers feathers-rest feathers-socketio feathers-errors feathers-memory body-parser
node app

and go to http://localhost:3000/messages. That's it! There's a lot more you can do with Feathers including; using a real database, authentication, authorization, clustering and more! Head on over to the Feathers docs to see just how easy it is to build scalable real-time apps.

The Feathers docs are loaded with awesome stuff and tell you every thing you need to know about using and configuring Feathers.

Each plugin has it's own minimal example in the repo. To see some more complex examples go to feathersjs/feathers-demos.

We ❤️ the community and take security very seriously. No one wants their app hacked. If you have come across a security concern please report it responsibly. Visit the Security section of the docs to learn more about how you can make sure your app is secure.


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