Django vs Flask: Comparison between Django and Flask

Python is general purpose, high level scripting language. It is known for it’s elegant syntax, readability and productivity. As it is said, python is general purpose programming language such that it can be used to create backend web applications. For web development among other frameworks and libraries both Django and Flask are quite popular. Where, Django is the full blown web development framework tend to offer most of the stuff out of the box while Flask is light weight and referred as microframework.

Comparison between Django and Flask is as follows

DjangoFlask
Django is the web development FrameworkFlask is lightweight WSGI web application framework. It is referred as microframework for web development
Django was created in 2005Flask was created in 2010
Django is Open Source Flask is also Open Source Project
Django is known for rapid development, extensive documentation and great communityFlask is known for lightweight, less code for development, and flexibility
Official website of Django: DjangoOfficial Website of Flask: Flask .
Django is distributed under BSD-3 Clause “New” or “Revised” LicenseFlask is distributed under BSD-3 Clause “New” or “Revised” License
Django official Git repositories: Github/Django Flask Git Repository: github/flask
Django is based on MVT (Model View and Template) Flask is microframework. It is a wrapper around Werkzeug .
Relatively compared to Flask, Django has steep learning curve Quick and easy to get started
Django has batteries included, it tend to provides routing, templating and Models etc out of the box Flask is the wrapper around WSGI it offers core functionality for other components like templating, ORM we have to use libraries
Example: Jinja for templating, sqlArchamy for ORM
It is the framework, Less Flexible Flask is microframework offers more flexibility
Predefined Project LayoutFlask doesn’t enforce using any project layout
Project layout is conventional and created by bootstrapping tool django-adminProject Layout is upto the developer
Project Layout is created by builtin bootstrapping tools django-admin and manage.py commandsNo bootstrapping tool is available, project layout is random and upto developer
Batteries are included, developer is confined how Django does it and using what Django has to offer Flask doesn’t constrain developers to use of any dependencies. Developer has freedom to choose any tools and libraries
Django doesn’t offers visual debugging Flask offers visual debugging
Django comes with builtin Template EngineFor Flask external template engine/library Jinja is used
Django has builtin support for ORMFor Flask sqlArchmey is used for ORM
To start development server: python manage.py runserverTo run flask development server: flask –app myapp run
Where, myapp is the module having Flask instance (app)
Library of Django Apps, Frameworks and Projects: Django Packages . List of tools and libraries to support your development with flask: awesome-flask .
Comparison Between Django and Flask for Web development Using Python

Following table gives the comparison on how things are handled in Django and Flask


DjangoFlask
LanguagePythonPython
Web FrameworkFull-stackMicro
TemplatingDjango Template LanguageJinja2
ORMDjango ORMNo Built-in ORM
Admin InterfaceBuilt-inNo Built-in Support
RoutingURL patternsDecorator
Auto Reloading YesYes
ScalabilityDesigned to be scalable Needs additional libraries
Learning CurveSteepQuick

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