RapidApp - Turnkey ajaxy webapps


See and RapidApp::Manual for more information.

  # Create new app named "MyApp" using all the helpers: --helpers RapidDbic,Templates,TabGui,AuthCore,NavCore MyApp \
    -- --dsn dbi:mysql:database=somedb,root,''

  # Start the test server (default login admin/pass):

  # OR, create a new app starting from an SQLite DDL file: --helpers RapidDbic MyApp -- --from-sqlite-ddl my-sqlt-schema.sql

  # OR, start up an instant database CRUD app/utility at http://localhost:3500/ dbi:mysql:database=somedb,root,''


RapidApp is an extension to Catalyst - the Perl MVC framework. It provides a feature-rich extended development stack, as well as easy access to common out-of-the-box application paradigms, such as powerful CRUD-based front-ends for DBIx::Class models, user access and authorization, RESTful URL navigation schemes, pure Ajax interfaces with no browser page loads, templating engine with front-side CMS features, declarative configuration layers, and more...

RapidApp is useful not only for new application development, but also for adding admin interfaces and snap-in components to existing applications, as well as for rapid prototyping.

Although RapidApp is based on Catalyst, fully encapsulated Plack interfaces are also provided, such as Plack::App::RapidApp::rDbic and Rapi::Fs, which enables RapidApp to be integrated into any application/framework which utilizes PSGI/Plack.

RapidApp started as an internal project in 2009 and has been under continuous development ever since. It has been used very successfully for multiple medium to large-scale client applications (backends with hundreds of tables and tens of millions of rows) as well as many quick and easy apps and interfaces for smaller jobs.

We started open-sourcing RapidApp in 2013, and this work is ongoing...

RapidApp is built on top of a number of powerful open-source tools and technologies including:

Documentation is still a work-in-progress. Much of it has been done, but much of it still remains to be done: RapidApp::Manual.

Also, be sure to check out the RapidApp website for more information, including several comprehensive video demos and tutorials:



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Henry Van Styn <>


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