Fat-Free Framework

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Fat-Free Framework
Fat-Free Framework Logo
Developer(s) F3::Factory / Bong Cosca
Stable release
3.6.4 / April 19, 2018; 3 months ago (2018-04-19)[1]
Written in PHP
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Web framework
License GNU General Public License
Website fatfreeframework.com

Fat-Free Framework is an open-source web framework distributed under the GNU General Public License and hosted by GitHub and Sourceforge. The software seeks to combine a full featureset with a lightweight code base while being easy to learn, use and extend.

The source code (~83KB) is written almost entirely in PHP and engineered specifically with user experience and usability as its primary design goals.[2][3][4]

Commonly called F3 by PHP developers, Fat-Free was released as free software in 2009.[5] Its general architecture was influenced by Ruby's Sinatra. The lightweight code base[6] is controlled and maintained by a small core team, with additional functionality and funding contributions coming from various enterprises and user groups,[7] who also help guide its future direction.

The base feature set includes a URL router, cache engine, and support for multilingual applications. Fat-Free also has a number of plug-ins that extend its functionality as well as data mappers for SQL and NoSQL database back-ends: SQLite, MySQL, PostgreSQL, MSSQL, Sybase, DB2, MongoDB, CouchDB, and Flat File.

The core functionality is accompanied by a number of optional plug-ins, among them a template engine, a Unit testing toolkit, Database-managed sessions, Markdown-to-HTML converter, Atom/RSS feed reader, Image processor, Geodata handler, a Basket/Shopping cart application and data validation.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fatfree Changelog". Github. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  2. ^ "About Fat-Free Framework". StackOverflow. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Slim Down Your PHP Development". 
  4. ^ "My Impressions of Fat-Free Framework for PHP". 
  5. ^ php Architect Feb 26, 2010 issue
  6. ^ PHP Software Reviews: Five Great PHP Frameworks
  7. ^ "Credits". Github. 19 March 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 

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