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Node JS Starter

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 Node JS 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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React Soft Dashboard fullstack

Start your Development with an Innovative Admin Template for Material-UI and React. Soft UI Dashboard React is built with over 70 frontend individual elements, like buttons, inputs, navbars, nav tabs, cards, or alerts, giving you the freedom of choosing and combining. The product comes with a simple JWT authentication flow: login/register/logout.

🚀 Built with React App Generator

  • ✅ Innovative Soft UI Design - Crafted by Creative-Tim
  • ✅ React, Redux, Redux-persist
  • ✅ Authentication: JWT Tokens,
  • OAuth via GitHub
  • ✅ Full-stack ready using:

React Soft Dashboard - Open-source full-stack product

React Purity Dashboard fullstack

Start your Development with an Innovative Admin Template for Chakra UI and React. Purity UI Dashboard is built with over 70 frontend individual elements, like buttons, inputs, navbars, navtabs, cards or alerts, giving you the freedom of choosing and combining.

🚀 Built with React App Generator

  • ✅ Innovative Chakra UI Design - Creafted by Creative-Tim
  • ✅ React, Redux, Redux-persist
  • ✅ Authentication: JWT Login/Register/Logout
  • ✅ Full-stack ready using Node JS API Server (open-source project)
    • Features: Typescript / SQLite / TypeORM / Joy (validation) / Passport library - passport-jwt strategy.

React Purity Dashboard - Open-source full-stack prodyct crafted by AppSeed and Creative-Tim.

React Node Datta Able

Datta Able is an open-source React Dashboard that provides a colorful and modern design. Datta Able React Free is the most stylised React Free Admin Template, around all other admin templates in the market. It comes with high feature-rich pages and components with fully developer-centric code. The product comes with a simple JWT authentication flow: login/register/logout.

React Dashboard - Full-stack Datta Able Dashboard, now available wiht Node JS Backend.

React Node JS Berry

Berry is a creative free React Dashboard build using the Material-UI by CodedThemes agency. It is meant to be the best User Experience with highly customizable feature-riched pages. It is a complete game-changer React Dashboard Template with easy and intuitive responsive design as on retina screens or laptops. The product comes with a simple JWT authentication flow: login/register/logout.

React Nodejs Berry - Open-source full-stack seed project crafted by CodedThemes and AppSeed.

Nodejs API Server

Simple Express/Nodejs Starter built with JWT authentication, and MongoDB. Authentication is based on json web tokens. passport-jwt strategy is used to handle the Email/Password authentication. After a successful login the generated token is sent to the requester.

Nodejs API Server - product page (contains DOCS & sources)


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

Starter Links

✨ 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 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.

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Top comments (8)

przemeknowicki profile image
Przemek Nowicki

Awesome list! I would also like to recommend:
NET.ts (
for folks who look for NodeJS starter that follows latest best practices from #nodepractices (typescript included).

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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.

sm0ke profile image

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

sm0ke profile image

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 • 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