Fast and Simple Web Apps with Nitro

Nitro is an exciting web server created by the unjs team, who are also the people behind Nuxt. Nitro is a study in simplicity and a wonderful tool for your JS belt.

Rob Conery
2 min readOct 31, 2022


I’ve been writing a fun book over the last few months on Nuxt 3 and it’s based on my experience building out as well as the individual course sites I have. I’ve been using Nuxt for years and love it — and Nuxt 3 is particularly exciting because it’s both faster and simpler.

One of the things I wanted to dig into was the server that powers Nuxt: Nitro. Nuxt 3 behaves a bit differently than Nuxt 2, and I wanted to know why. Specifically:

  • It’s faster. I know a lot of this has to do with Vite, but the server starts instantly.
  • The routing is different. You used to use an _ for the dynamic routes, now you use square braces [].
  • The serverside routes are ridiculously terse, which I absolutely love.

So I spent the last few nights and weekends digging in and had a ton of fun. The result was a quick 5 minute video for you to enjoy!

If you’re into terse simplicity, here you go…

Originally published at on October 31, 2022.



Rob Conery

Author of The Imposter’s Handbook, founder of, Cofounder of, creator of This Developer's Life, creator of lots of open source stuff.