Zero Server

Zero configuration web framework.
npm install -g zero

Zero abstracts the usual project configuration for routing, bundling, and transpiling to make it easier to get started.

It allows you to build your application without worrying about package management or routing. Write your code in a mix of Node.js, React, HTML, MDX, and static files and put them all in a folder.


Why Zero

Auto Configuration

Your project folder doesn't require config files. You just place your code and it's automatically compiled, bundled and served.

File-system Based Routing

If your code resides in ./api/login.js it's exposed at Inspired by good ol' PHP days.

Auto Dependency Resolution

If a file does require('underscore'), it is automatically installed and resolved. You can always create your own package.json file to install a specific version of a package.

Getting Started


You can install zero globally by:

npm install -g zero

Hello World

Let's start by making a website that tells us server time.

First we need to create an API endpoint in Node.js to tell us time in JSON.

Create a new folder and add a new file time.js in that folder. In this file, export a function that accepts Request and Response objects (like Express):

// time.js
const moment = require("moment")

module.exports = (req, res) => {
  var time = moment().format('LT');   // 11:51 AM
  res.send({time: time })

Once saved, you can cd into that folder and start the server like this:


Running this command will automatically install any dependencies (like momentjs here) and start the web server.

Open this URL in the browser: http://localhost:3000/time

You just created an API endpoint 🎉:

Time API

Keep the server running. Now let's consume our API from a React page, create a new file index.jsx and add the following code:

// index.jsx
import React from 'react'

export default class extends React.Component {
  static async getInitialProps(){
    var json = await fetch("/time").then((resp) => resp.json())
    return {time: json.time}

  render() {
    return <p>Current time is: {this.props.time}</p>

This is a standard React component. With one additional hook for initial data population:

getInitialProps is an async static method which is called by zero when the page loads. This method can return a plain object which populates props.

Now go to this URL: http://localhost:3000/ and you should see the current server time rendered by React while fetch-ing an API endpoint you created earlier:

Time In React

zero automatically bundles your code and supports server-side rendering. You don't need to fiddle with webpack anymore.

That's it! You just created a web application.


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