Node.js web boilerplate framework to make friendly web apps

npm install wbpjs
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What's wbpjs?

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Web Boilerplate JS is a full stack web framework for nodejs.

Its goal is to make friendly webapps building easy, without falling in a "quick & dirty" style.

It is based on a plugin system to keep the solution strong and simple, whatever you need : simple http server, crud app with mongodb, multi server system, restful api, web sockets, or mobile site.

Simply configure your app, and run it !


  • mvc : controllers / models and views
  • rendering powered by ejs
  • mobile browser rendering
  • restful support with xml, json, txt rendering
  • lesscss support : compilation at bootstrap
  • i18n integration
  • persistence with mongoose (or mock for test purpose)
  • crud controller and dao helpers


The recommended way is through the excellent NPM:

$ npm install -g wbpjs

Quick start

The simplest way to play with wbpjs is to generate a simple 'hello' web application :

Create the app:

$ wbpjs ./hello

Start the server:

$ cd ./hello
$ node app

Slow start

Hello webapp example in 7 steps :

  1. Create a new basedir webapp folder 'hello'
  2. Create a new file /hello/package.json :

      "name": "hello",
      "version": "0.0.1",
      "dependencies": {
        "wbpjs": "*",
  3. Create a new file /hello/app.js :

    var wbp = require('wbpjs')
      , config = {
          config:{ locales:['en', 'fr'] }
  4. Create a new controller file : /hello/controllers/main/index.js

    var wbp = require('wbpjs');
    module.exports = {
      // index is a keyword meaning 'index of the site'
      // wbpjs builds the site routes based on keywords and controller module name
      // example of values :
      //   config options : route (overrides the default) / prefix (add a route prefix)
      //   simple ops : get/post/put/head (http methods)
      //   crud ops : list/show/new/create/edit/remove/update (matching a model)
      index:function (req, res) {
        wbp.render(res, function (type) { // rendering engine based on type of view (html)
          var view = wbp.getWebView(req, 'main/index', type); // get the real matching view path
          res.render(view, { // effective rendering based on ejs templating
            title:__('Welcome') // this is the model (M of MVC) computed by i18n
  5. Create the view : /hello/views/main/index.html

    <!DOCTYPE html>
        <title>Hello - <%= title %></title>
        <meta charset="utf-8">
        <link rel="stylesheet" href="/css/style.css" type="text/css" media="screen" />
            <h3><%= title %></h3> <!-- Access to model -->
  6. Create the less css file : /hello/lesscss/style.less

    html { // Less syntax rocks
        body {
            width: 400px;
            background-color: #fefefe;
            h2 { color: blue; }
  7. Run it :

     $ node app

Look at the demos for examples of simple webapps.

Some other useful examples powered by wbpjs :

Enjoy !

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