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Nodejs Starter - Javascript Boilerplates to start fast

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Hello Coders,

Usually, when we start a new project, the codebase tends to repeat over and over among different projects. Instead of reinventing the wheel, all the time can be a good solution to use a starter kit, already equipped with a few basic tools and features. This article presents a shortlist with Nodejs Starters qualified for production use, based on a few necessary characteristics:

  • clean code structure that follows proper coding standards
  • documented and actively supported
  • a minimum validation (Github Stars, Number of Downloads)
  • Open-source released under a permissive license (MIT, LGPL)

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Nodejs - Argon Dashboard React

Reactstrap Admin Dashboard built for Nodejs - a fully coded “frontend + backend” solution (MERN stack). It is open-source, free and it features many components that can help you create amazing websites.

Nodejs - Argon Dashboard React

Nodejs - Vue Argon Design

Full-Stack Nodejs starter equipped with a fully usable Vue.js UI, coded on top of the Argon Design System design. The app uses a decoupled architecture, where the Vue.js frontend communicates with the Nodejs through secure ajax calls.

Nodejs - React Material Kit

Nodejs Starter - React Material Kit is a Full-Stack Nodejs starter equipped with a fully usable React UI, coded on top of the Material Kit design. The app uses a decoupled architecture, where the React frontend communicates with the Nodejs through secure ajax calls.

RESTful API Node Server

A boilerplate/starter project for quickly building RESTful APIs using Node.js, Express, and Mongoose.

  • ES9: latest ECMAScript features
  • NoSQL database: MongoDB object data modeling using Mongoose
  • Authentication and authorization: using passport
  • Validation: request data validation using Joi

Nodejs Starter Hackathon

Nodejs Starter Hackathon is a project with 26k+ stars on Github, equipped with many useful features like:

  • MVC structure
  • Authentification: local (user/pass), OAuth (1.0, 2.0)
  • SaaS stylesheets, Bootstrap4 integrated
  • Forms powered by Mailgun and Sendgrid
  • Integrations for Paypal, Twitter, LinkedIn

This starter can be overwhelming for a beginner, but this fact can be easily compensated by reading the docs and interact with the project community.

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Nodejs Starter API Kit

Nodejs Starter API Kit is a Boilerplate for authoring data API backends with Node.js and GraphQL. With more than 2.8k Github starts, this boilerplate is definitively a winner if your future project replaces the old school REST API with GraphQL. Features:

  • Common Node.js stack: Express, Passport, Session, Cors
  • PostgresSQL as DMBS, along with Redis
  • Localization and translations
  • Nodemailer, Handlebars templating
  • Deployment: via Docker

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Nodejs Starter Serverless

Nodejs Starter Serverless is a Node.js starter for the Serverless Framework with async/await and unit test support. The project is actively supported by Frank Wang with 450 Github stars. This starter got my attention mainly for the serverless concept, which is a rising concept in web development nowadays. Features:

  • Integrate serverless-webpack plugin
  • ES7 syntax in handler functions
  • Support for unit tests (via Jtest)

Nodejs Starter Serverless Live sample hosted on AWS, and a sample of the code executed when we click on the link:

export const hello = async (event, context) => {
  return {
    statusCode: 200,
    body: JSON.stringify({
      message: `Go Serverless v1.0! ${(await message({ time: 1, copy: 'Your function executed successfully!'}))}`,
      input: event,

const message = ({ time, }) => new Promise((resolve, reject) =>
  setTimeout(() => {
    resolve(`${rest.copy} (with a delay)`);
  }, time * 1000)
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To start playing with this Nodejs starter, here is the list with requirements:

Nodejs Starter Express Bootstrap

Nodejs Starter Express Bootstrap is a lightweight Bootstrap NodeJS boilerplate built with ExpressJS 4, MongoDB/Mongoose, Authentication with Passport.js, Jade and GruntJS as Task Automation.

The app is well organized and actively supported by a freelancer. The demo link, hosted on Heroku, seems to be dead. The app can be successfully built on (at least) on Windows10 and Ubuntu 18.04.

Not here production-ready Nodejs starter you know? Please suggest in the comments.


Thank you! Btw, my (nick) name is Sm0ke and I'm pretty active also on Twitter.

Discussion (7)

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Hagop Jamkojian

Now that is a great list!

Check out my own boilerplate:

It is a node.js starter project with express and mongoose, and comes with many built in features. Just have a look and let me know what you think.

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Sm0ke Author

Hello @hagopj13 ,
Sorry for the delay. Your starter was added to the list. Let me know if the information is accurate. Also, if you have time for a freelance task, let me know.

Ty and keep up the good work.

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he got a positive response and an offer after more than 1 year and 2 months

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Sm0ke Author

Hello Hagop. I will take a look.
Thank you!

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Duc Ng

Also check out this boilerplate: Node REM - NodeJS Rest Express MongoDB and more: typescript, passport, JWT,, HTTPS, HTTP2, async/await, nodemailer, templates, pagination, docker, etc.

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Sm0ke Author • Edited

Hello Duc.
Funny, I just saw your commit (on Github) a few minutes ago.
I will add your project asap. Thank you!

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eddard omeka

wonderfull, only thing missing a starter for a bodejs worker/consumer for a queue system such as SQS, NSQ, Kafka or rabbit

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