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Getting started with Bun 1.x

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What is Bun?

Just Imagine a Node.js-like runtime but with added features, that you can seamlessly swap in for Node.js


Bun is dubbed as an “all-inclusive JavaScript runtime & toolkit engineered for speed, equipped with a bundler, test runner, and Node.js-compatible package manager.” It asserts its capability to process at least 3 to 5 times more requests per second than Node.js, particularly tested in scenarios such as serving Server-Rendered React pages.

Benchmarks may be differ from case to case but it is definitely faster in many cases.


Bun offers many ways to install. Simple bash command looks like this:

curl -fsSL | bash

If you are using Homebrew then you can do something like this:

$ brew tap oven-sh/bun
$ brew install bun

Comparison with Node.js

In addition to the main features discussed in next section, Bun also streamlines Developer Experience (DX) in several ways, such as:

What Bun exactly offers


A tool that understands and runs your JavaScript code, while also supporting async operations and handling multiple tasks at once. (As JS is single threaded, something has to help it to handle multiple task at once.)

In today’s landscape, JavaScript developers are heavily reliant on Node.js as their primary tool, and Bun recognizes this. It offers a seamless drop-in replacement, meaning you can seamlessly substitute Bun for Node.js without disrupting your existing codebase. Built on top of Zig, Bun ensures compatibility while enhancing performance and functionality.

Package Manager

A dependency management tool for your codebase, similar to npm or Yarn.

Similar to Node.js with npm, Bun includes its own built-in package manager. Notably, Bun’s package manager boasts exceptional speed by employing a global cache and efficient package reuse. One can get performance like pnpm without installing another package manager.


A tool essential for frontend development, capable of bundling your code, splitting it into chunks, and eliminating dead code through tree shaking. Common ones are webpack, Vite, parcel etc.

Bun aims to be a replacement of bundler tools as well in the future. Bundler is one of the most important tool in frontend dev chain but its not at a stage to compete with more mature options like Vite because it has better plugins and works well with other tools.

Native TS Support

Bun natively supports TypeScript, eliminating the need for additional tools like ts-node.

While the community has developed tools like ts-node to enhance TypeScript support, Bun offers native support right out of the box. This means you can spend less time configuring your project for TypeScript and get started more quickly.

Test Runner

A tool which run your tests like Vitest, jest etc

Both Node.js and Bun now come equipped with native test runners, providing seamless tooling to execute your tests. Unlike Jest, where additional integration is required for TypeScript tests due to Node.js not transpiling TS by default, Bun’s built-in TypeScript support simplifies running tests without the need for extra configuration. Jest / Vitest also takes more time to run the same tests. So, choose native wherever you can.

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WebSocket API, DB drivers etc

Bun offers APIs like WebSocket (Perf numbers are crazy) and DB drivers, though some are still in development. It’s working on better Windows support and currently natively supports SQLite, with plans for more database drivers.

State of Bun

For Frontend Devs

As a frontend dev, its pretty stable and speed is just wow! 🤯

If you’re a frontend developer, you can start using Bun instead of Node right away. Many frontend developers, myself included, have made the switch and provided positive feedback. Personally, I haven’t encountered any issues so far. Frontend developers can make the transition with ease.

For Backend Devs

Test it properly before pushing the code to prod. Expect some unexpected bugs. 👀

For backend developers, Bun presents a new ecosystem, but the community is vibrant and energetic. Frameworks like ElysiaJS and Hono are showcasing impressive performance numbers, even competing with some Golang and Rust-based frameworks, which is remarkable! Vercel’s recent announcement of official support for Bun further validates its potential. While Bun claims to be production-ready, but do a thorough testing before you deploy to prod.


Shoutout to Deno

Deno offers similar functionality to Bun and even provides frontend and backend frameworks, along with a cloud service for deploying Deno applications directly. The offerings of Bun and Deno share some similarities, so it’s worth exploring if these capabilities excite you.

Oven backed by VC?

Oven, the parent company of Bun, recently secured $7M in funding. While they operate independently, there might be discussions about their future revenue model. On the other hand, Node.js is part of the OpenJS Foundation. Many developers have expressed (Reddit) different thoughts on this.

My personal opinion is Good things come at a cost and many OSS tools were made possible because of investments from renowned companies and individuals, resulting in remarkable offerings like VS Code, React, and Next.js. Regarding licenses, Bun currently operates under the MIT license, which is favourable. Though, I wish they also mention the same license (as license file) in github repo as well so community can be updated if they change it in near future. Given Bun’s impressive performance, it’s worth giving it a try.

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