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7 Top Free and Open Source Crystal Web Frameworks

One of the types of software that’s important for a web developer is the web framework. A framework “is a code library that makes a developer’s life easier when building reliable, scalable, and maintainable web applications” by providing reusable code or extensions for common operations. By saving development time, developers can concentrate on application logic rather than mundane elements.

A web framework offers the developer a choice about how to solve a specific problem. By using a framework, a developer lets the framework control portions of their application. While it’s perfectly possible to code a web application without using a framework, it’s more practical to use one.

Crystal is a general-purpose, concurrent, multi-paradigm, object-oriented programming language. With syntax heavily inspired by the language Ruby, it is a compiled language with built-in static type-checking, but specifying the types of variables or method arguments is generally unneeded. This adds the benefit of a shallower learning curve.

Here’s our recommended free and open source web frameworks for Crystal captured in a legendary LinuxLinks’ chart.

Best Free and Open Source Crystal Web Frameworks

Let’s explore the 7 Crystal web frameworks. For each program we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, together with links to relevant resources.

Crystal Web Frameworks
AmberWeb framework that makes building applications fast, simple, and enjoyable
LuckyFull-featured Crystal web framework that catches bugs
KemalVery simple web framework
Spider-GazelleRails esque web framework
OrionOmni-conventional, declarative framework inspired by ruby-on-rails router
GripMicroframework for building RESTful web applications
OnyxPowerful general purpose framework with type safety

Read our complete collection of recommended free and open source software. The collection covers all categories of software.

The software collection forms part of our series of informative articles for Linux enthusiasts. There are hundreds of in-depth reviews, open source alternatives to proprietary software from large corporations like Google, Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, IBM, Cisco, Oracle, and Autodesk. There are also fun things to try, hardware, free programming books and tutorials, and much more.
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