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Drogon – fast C++ web framework

Drogon is a HTTP web application framework running on Linux/macOS/Unix/Windows.

Drogon uses a few tricks to decouple controllers from the main program. The routing settings of controllers can be done through macros or configuration file.

This is free and open source software.

Features include:

  • Fast and asynchronous – fully asynchronous and designed to have the lowest overhead without sacrificing usability.
  • Use a non-blocking I/O network lib based on epoll (kqueue under macOS/FreeBSD) to provide high-concurrency, high-performance network IO.
  • Provide a completely asynchronous programming mode.
  • Supports Http1.0/1.1 (server side and client side).
  • Based on template, a simple reflection mechanism is implemented to completely decouple the main program framework, controllers and views.
  • Supports cookies and built-in sessions.
  • Supports back-end rendering, the controller generates the data to the view to generate the Html page. Views are described by CSP template files, C++ codes are embedded into Html pages through CSP tags. And the drogon command-line tool automatically generates the C++ code files for compilation.
  • Supports view page dynamic loading (dynamic compilation and loading at runtime).
  • Provide a convenient and flexible routing solution from the path to the controller handler.
  • Filter chains to facilitate the execution of unified logic (such as login verification, Http Method constraint verification, etc.) before handling HTTP requests.
  • Supports https (based on OpenSSL).
  • Supports WebSocket (server side and client side).
  • Supports JSON format request and response, very friendly to the Restful API application development.
  • Supports file download and upload.
  • Supports gzip, brotli compression transmission.
  • Supports pipelining.
  • Provides a lightweight command line tool, drogon_ctl, to simplify the creation of various classes in Drogon and the generation of view code.
  • Supports non-blocking I/O based asynchronously reading and writing database (PostgreSQL and MySQL(MariaDB) database).
  • Supports asynchronously reading and writing sqlite3 database based on thread pool.
  • Supports Redis with asynchronous reading and writing.
  • Provides a convenient lightweight ORM implementation that supports for regular object-to-database bidirectional mapping.
  • Plugins which can be installed by the configuration file at load time.
  • AOP with build-in joinpoints.
  • C++ coroutines – allows users to write asynchronous code without bothering with the callback hell.
  • Performance – the software is multi threaded. On a single core of a Ryzen 3700X. Drogon can process more than 150K HTTP requests per second.
  • More than a HTTP server. It can also act as client, speak and serve Websocket and comes with helpful utilities.
  • Cross-platform support – supports a wide range of platforms. Linux, Windows, OS X and *BSD. It also runs on different CPUs. x86, ARM, s390x, …

Support: GitHub Code Repository
Developer: An Tao
License: MIT License

Drogon is written in C++. Learn C++ with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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