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Aqueduct is a server-side framework written in Dart.

Getting Started

  1. Install Dart.

  2. Activate Aqueduct

     pub global activate aqueduct
  3. Run first time setup.

     aqueduct setup
  4. Create a new project.

     aqueduct create my_project

Open the project directory in the editor of your choice. Our preferred editor is IntellIJ IDEA Community Edition (with the Dart Plugin). Atom is also a good editor, but support for running Dart tests is lacking.

Major Features

  1. HTTP Request Routing and Middleware
  2. Multiple CPU support, without adding complicated multi-threading logic.
  3. CORS Support.
  4. Automatic OpenAPI specification/documentation generation.
  5. OAuth 2.0 implementation.
  6. Fully-featured ORM, with clear, type- and name-safe syntax, and SQL Join support. (Supports PostgreSQL by default.)
  7. Database migration tooling.
  8. Template projects for quick starts.
  9. Integration with CI tools. (Supports TravisCI by default.)
  10. Integrated testing utilities for clean and productive tests.
  11. Logging to Rotating Files or Console
  12. Out of the box tools for deploying to Heroku, AWS and locally


Need a walkthrough? Read the tutorials. They take you through the steps of building an Aqueduct application.


You can find the API reference here. You can find in-depth guides and tutorials here.


Here's where we are headed.

An Example

The following is a complete application, with endpoints to create, get, update and delete 'Notes' that are stored in a PostgreSQL database.

import 'package:aqueduct/aqueduct.dart';

void main() {
  var app = new Application<AppRequestSink>();
  app.start(numberOfInstances: 3);

class AppRequestSink extends RequestSink {
  AppRequestSink(ApplicationConfiguration config) : super(config) {
    logger.onRecord.listen((p) => print("$p"));

    var dataModel = new ManagedDataModel.fromCurrentMirrorSystem();
    var psc = new PostgreSQLPersistentStore.fromConnectionInfo(
        "dart", "dart", "localhost", 5432, "dart_test");

    ManagedContext.defaultContext = new ManagedContext(dataModel, psc);

  void setupRouter(Router router) {
      .generate(() => new ManagedObjectController<Note>());

class Note extends ManagedObject<_Note> implements _Note {}
class _Note {
  int id;

  String contents;

Want to try this out? Save this code in a file named main.dart. In the same directory, create a pubspec.yaml file with the following contents:

name: app

  aqueduct: any

Connect to postgres://dart:dart@localhost:5432/dart_test and create a table (with this exact name) just like this:

create table _note (id bigserial primary key, contents text);

Now, run it:

pub get
dart main.dart

And now you can make requests:

# Create a new note: POST /notes
curl -X POST http://localhost:8080/notes -H "Content-Type: application/json" -d '{"contents" : "a note"}'

# Get that note: GET /notes/1
curl -X GET http://localhost:8080/notes/1

# Change that note: PUT /notes/1
curl -X PUT http://localhost:8080/notes/1 -H "Content-Type: application/json" -d '{"contents" : "edit"}'

# Delete that note: 
curl -X DELETE http://localhost:8080/notes/1

# Note there are no more notes:
curl -X GET http://localhost:8080/notes


Core libraries for Aqueduct applications. [...]
Library for implementing OAuth 2.0 storage using ManagedObjects. [...]
Testing utilities for Aqueduct applications