Best Java Web Frameworks Software

Java web frameworks are a type of web application framework designed to support Java development. Java web frameworks provide standards to build and deploy web applications written in Java. Java itself is a programming language, but frameworks typically require a programming platform. Java, Standard Edition (SE) and Java, Enterprise Edition (EE) are programing platforms that provide specification sets for distributing web services, the latter of which is simply an extended version of the former. Companies typically use Java web frameworks for its cross-platform nature, virtual machine compatibility, and runtime environment. These help save time for developers and can be used to build graphical user interface (GUI), web servers, and enterprise applications.

There is a strong relationship between Java web frameworks and other web frameworks since they all provide standards, testing and deployment tools. Still, not all web application frameworks provide cross-language support.

To qualify for inclusion in the Java Web Frameworks category, a product must:

  • Provide standards for Java builds and deployments
  • Deliver automation capabilities for Java web application development
  • Provide Java-compatible libraries, templates, or management tools
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    Spring is the most popular application development framework for enterprise Java™. Millions of developers use Spring to create high performing, easily testable, reusable code without any vendor lock-in. Spring helps Java, Groovy and Kotlin software development teams everywhere build simple, portable, fast and flexible JVM-based systems and applications.


    RAP provides a powerful widget toolkit and integrates well with proven technologies such as OSGi and JEE. You can write your application entirely in Java, re-use code and benefit from first-class IDE tools.


    Blockly is a client-side JavaScript library for creating visual block programming languages and editors.


    Apache Struts is a free, open-source, MVC framework for creating elegant, modern Java web applications. It favors convention over configuration, is extensible using a plugin architecture, and ships with plugins to support REST, AJAX and JSON.


    Knockout is a standalone JavaScript implementation of the Model-View-ViewModel pattern


    Build your web UIs in HTML or Java


    A framework for creating ambitious web applications.


    Spark - A micro framework for creating web applications in Java 8 with minimal effort


    Fast, unopinionated, minimalist web framework for Node.js


    Backbone.js gives structure to web applications by providing models with key-value binding and custom events, collections with a rich API of enumerable functions, views with declarative event handling, and connects it all to your existing API over a RESTful JSON interface.


    The JavaScript App Platform


    VRaptor 4 delivers high productivity to your Java Web applications on top of CDI. VRaptor is an opensource MVC framework with a large developers and users community.


    A powerful Groovy-based web application framework for the JVM


    The High Velocity Web Framework For Java and Scala


    Apache Maven Doxia is a content generation framework which aims to provide its users with powerful techniques for generating static and dynamic content: Doxia can be used in web-based publishing context to generate static sites, in addition to being incorporated into dynamic content generation systems like blogs, wikis and content management systems.


    The Apache Software Foundation announces Apache Wicket v7.0 Open Source Java web framework that powers thousands of web applications and web sites for governments, stores, universities, cities, banks, email providers, and more.


    Apache Cocoon is a web development framework built around the concepts of separation of concerns and component-based web development.


    Apache Jena a free and open source Java framework for building Semantic Web and Linked Data applications.


    Apache Tiles allows authors to define page fragments which can be assembled into a complete pages at runtime.


    Fusebox is a web application framework for CFML and PHP.


    Apache Flink is an open-source stream processing framework for distributed, high-performing, always-available, and accurate data streaming applications.


    Apache MINA is a network application framework which helps users develop high performance and high scalability network applications easily. It provides an abstract event-driven asynchronous API over various transports such as TCP/IP and UDP/IP via Java NIO.


    Apache OFBiz is an open source product for the automation of enterprise processes that includes framework components and business applications for ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), CRM (Customer Relationship Management), E-Business / E-Commerce, SCM (Supply Chain Management), MRP (Manufacturing Resource Planning), MMS/EAM (Maintenance Management System/Enterprise Asset Management), POS (Point Of Sale).


    Apache Sling is an innovative web framework that is intended to bring back the fun to web development.


    A component-oriented framework for creating highly scalable web applications in Java.


    The Apache Tez project is aimed at building an application framework which allows for a complex directed-acyclic-graph of tasks for processing data. It is currently built atop Apache Hadoop YARN.


    Apache Turbine is a servlet based framework that allows experienced Java developers to quickly build web applications. Turbine allows you to use personalize the web sites and to use user logins to restrict access to parts of your application.


    OpenXava is a tool for Rapid Java Web Development for business and database oriented applications.


    Apache Aries project consists of a set of pluggable Java components enabling an enterprise OSGi application programming model.


    Apache BVal delivers an implementation of the Java Bean Validation Specification that is TCK compliant, works on Java SE 6 or later, and uses the Apache Software License v2.0.


    Apache Cayenne(tm) is an open source persistence framework licensed under the Apache License, that provides object-relational mapping (ORM) and remoting services.


    Apache Clerezza is a set of Java libraries for management of semantically linked data.Apache Clerezza offers a service interface to access multiple named graphs and it can use various providers to manage RDF graphs in a technology specific manner, e.g., using Jena or Sesame.


    The Apache Crunch Java library provides a framework for writing, testing, and running MapReduce pipelines. Its goal is to make pipelines that are composed of many user-defined functions simple to write, easy to test, and efficient to run.


    Apache Curator includes a highlevel API framework and utilities to make using Apache ZooKeeper much easier and more reliable. It also includes recipes for common use cases and extensions such as service discovery and a Java 8 asynchronous DSL.


    Apache Felix is an open source implementation of the OSGi Release 5 core framework specification.


    Apache HTrace is an Apache Incubator project providing an open source framework for distributed tracing. It is also used with both standalone applications and libraries.


    Apache Nutch is a extensible and scalable open source web crawler software project.Nutch provides extensible interfaces such as Parse, Index and ScoringFilter's for custom implementations e.g. Apache Tika for parsing.


    Apache Pivot allows developers to easily construct visually-engaging, cross-platform, connected applications in Java or any other JVM language, such as JavaScript, Groovy, or Scala. Pivot is completely open source, and is driven entirely by the software development community.


    Apache REEF (Retainable Evaluator Execution Framework) is a library for developing portable applications for cluster resource managers such as Apache Hadoop YARN or Apache Mesos. Apache REEF simplifies development of those resource managers through Centralized Control Flow , Task runtime , Support for multiple resource managers , NET and Java API and Plugins.


    Apache Shiro is a powerful and easy-to-use Java security framework that performs authentication, authorization, cryptography, and session management.


    Apache UIMA enables applications to be decomposed into components.UIMA additionally provides capabilities to wrap components as network services, and can scale to very large volumes by replicating processing pipelines over a cluster of networked nodes.


    AppFuse is a full-stack framework for building web applications on the JVM.


    Helps Java developers and software designers who have the need to process data stored in Adabas through the use of Java. Besides Java classes available with the interface, the package contains a server for communication over REST. This REST-based interface offers access to Adabas from a browser using the Java classes for Adabas.


    Apache Batik is a Java-based toolkit for applications or applets that want to use images in the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) format for various purposes, such as display, generation or manipulation.


    Apache Tobago provides the community with a well designed set of user interface components based on JSF and run on MyFaces.


    Stripes is a presentation framework for building web applications using the latest Java technologies.


    Takes is a true object-oriented and immutable Java web framework.