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A simple web framework
for Java and Kotlin

  • Java
  • Kotlin
import io.javalin.Javalin;

public class HelloWorld {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        Javalin app = Javalin.create().start(7000);
        app.get("/", ctx -> ctx.result("Hello World"));
import io.javalin.Javalin

fun main(args: Array<String>) {
    val app = Javalin.create().start(7000)
    app.get("/") { ctx -> ctx.result("Hello World") }
// You can wrap the main function
// in a Kotlin object

Why Javalin?


Unlike other Java and Kotlin web frameworks, Javalin has very few concepts that you need to learn. You never have to extend a class and you rarely have to implement an interface.


Javalin is just a few thousand lines of code on top of Jetty, and its performance is equivalent to raw Jetty code. Due to its size, it's very easy to reason about the source code.


A new version of Javalin has been released twice a month (on average) since the first version. Don't worry though, every non-major version is backwards compatible. PRs and issues are reviewed swiftly, normally every week.


Other Java and Kotlin web frameworks usually offer separate version for each language. Javalin is being developed with interoperability in mind, so apps are built the same way in both Java and Kotlin.


Javalin is designed to be simple and blocking, as this is the easiest programming model to reason about. However, if you set a Future as a result, Javalin switches into asynchronous mode.


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Declare server and API
in the same place

  • Java
  • Kotlin
import io.javalin.ApiBuilder.*;
import io.javalin.Javalin;

Javalin app = Javalin.create(config -> {
    config.defaultContentType = "application/json";
}).routes(() -> {
    path("users", () -> {
        path(":user-id", () -> {
        ws("events", userController::webSocketEvents);
import io.javalin.ApiBuilder.*;
import io.javalin.Javalin;

val app = Javalin.create { config ->
    config.defaultContentType = "application/json"
}.routes {
    path("users") {
        path(":user-id") {
        ws("events", userController::webSocketEvents)

Creating a REST API has never been easier

A solid foundation


Javalin runs on top of Jetty, one of the most used and stable web-servers on the JVM. You can configure the Jetty server fully, so you can easily get SSL and HTTP2 and everything else that Jetty has to offer.

SparkJava and Koa.js

Javalin started as a fork of the Java and Kotlin web framework SparkJava, but quickly turned into a ground-up rewrite influenced by the Javascript framework koa.js. Javalin implements lessons learned from working extensively with both of these frameworks.

Who's using Javalin?

JHU Microsoft Redhat NTNU Pleo Measures for Justice WIT Briar Two Sigma nav Virgil Security Working Group Two Talan Labs Datawire Swatt Telenor Revolut Express Scripts

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What is Javalin used for?

Check out our current survey results (Summer 2018) to learn more about how people use Javalin.

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