Meteor (web framework)

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Developer(s) Meteor Development Group
Initial release January 20, 2012; 4 years ago (2012-01-20)[1]
Stable release 1.4 / July 25, 2016; 4 days ago (2016-07-25)[2]
Development status Active
Written in JavaScript
Operating system Cross-platform
Type JavaScript framework
License MIT License

Meteor, or MeteorJS, is a free and open-source JavaScript web framework[3] written using Node.js. Meteor allows for rapid prototyping and produces cross-platform (web, Android, iOS) code. It integrates with MongoDB and uses the Distributed Data Protocol and a publish–subscribe pattern to automatically propagate data changes to clients without requiring the developer to write any synchronization code. On the client, Meteor depends on jQuery and can be used with any JavaScript UI widget library.

Meteor is developed by the Meteor Development Group. The startup was incubated by Y Combinator[4] and received $11.2M in funding from Andreessen Horowitz in July 2012.[5]


Meteor was first introduced in December 2011 under the name Skybreak.[6][7]

In October 2014, Meteor Development Group acquired Y Combinator alum FathomDB, with the goal of expanding Meteor's database support.[8]


  • Turnbull, David - Your First Meteor Application: A Complete Beginner's Guide to the Meteor JavaScript Framework (2014)[9]
  • Coleman, Tom; Greif, Sacha - Discover Meteor (2014)[10]
  • Hochhaus, Stephan; Schoebel, Manuel - Meteor in Action (2014)[11]
  • Susiripala, Arunoda - Bulletproof Meteor (2014)[12]
  • Susiripala, Arunoda - Meteor Explained - A Journey Into Meteor’s Reactivity (2014)[13]
  • Strack, Isaac - Getting started with Meteor.js JavaScript framework (2012)[14]
  • Müns, Philipp - Auditing Meteor Applications (2016)[15]
  • Gupta, Amit - Learn Meteor (2016)[16]


  1. ^ Earliest known 0.1 release
  2. ^ "Meteor releases". GitHub. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  3. ^ Vanian, Jonathan (27 December 2014). "Meteor wants to be the warp drive for building real-time apps". Gigaom. 
  4. ^ Tan, Garry. "Meteor (YC S11) raises $11.2M from Andreessen Horowitz and Matrix Partners to create the next Ruby on Rails". Y Combinator. 
  5. ^ Finley, Klint (25 July 2012). "Andreessen Horowitz Keeps Eating The Software World With $11.2 Million Investment In JavaScript Framework Company Meteor". TechCrunch. 
  6. ^ Skybreak is now Meteor
  7. ^ Meteor: Etherpad Founder & Other Rockstars Team Up To Make Web App Development A Breeze
  8. ^ Lardinois, Frederic (7 October 2014). "Meteor Acquires YC Alum FathomDB For Its Development Platform". TechCrunch. 
  9. ^ Turnbull, David (30 July 2014). Your First Meteor Application. 
  10. ^ Coleman, Tom; Grief, Sacha. Discover Meteor. 
  11. ^ Hochhaus, Stephan; Schoebel, Manuel (2014). Meteor in Action. Manning. ISBN 9781617292477. 
  12. ^ Susiripala, Arunoda. "Bulletproof Meteor". Meteorhacks. 
  13. ^ Susiripala, Arunoda. "Meteor Explained - A Journey Into Meteor’s Reactivity". Meteorhacks. 
  14. ^ Strack, Isaac (2012). Getting started with Meteor.js JavaScript framework (New Edition. ed.). Birmingham, UK: Packt Pub. ISBN 978-1782160823. 
  15. ^ Müns, Philipp (2016). Auditing Meteor Applications. Just Meteor. 
  16. ^ Gupta, Amit (2016). Learn Meteor, The easy way. Ebook. 

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