Dancer2 - Lightweight yet powerful web application framework


version 0.140001


Dancer2 is the new generation of Dancer, the lightweight web-framework for Perl. Dancer2 is a complete rewrite based on Moo.

Dancer2 can optionally use XS modules for speed, but at its core remains fatpackable (packable by App::FatPacker) so you could easily deploy Dancer2 applications on hosts that do not support custom CPAN modules.

Dancer2 is easy and fun:

    use Dancer2;
    get '/' => sub { "Hello World" };

This is the main module for the Dancer2 distribution. It contains logic for creating a new Dancer2 application.

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Documentation Index

Documentation on Dancer2 is split into several manpages. Below is a complete outline on where to go for help.

  • Dancer2 Tutorial

    If you are new to the Dancer approach, you should start by reading our Dancer2::Tutorial.

  • Dancer2 Manual

    Dancer2::Manual is the reference for Dancer2. Here you will find information on the concepts of Dancer2 application development and a comprehensive reference to the Dancer2 domain specific language.

  • Dancer2 Cookbook

    There are some situations that are common to a lot of users. For example, application deployment. in Dancer2::Cookbook you will find recipes for common tasks, like defining routes, storing data as sessions or cookies, using templates, configuring and logging, writing REST services, and deploying your Dancer2 application using different technologies.

  • Dancer2 Config

    For configuration file details refer to Dancer2::Config. It is a complete list of all configuration options.

  • Dancer2 Plugins

    Refer to Dancer2::Plugins for a partial list of available Dancer2 plugins. Note that although we try to keep this list up to date we expect plugin authors to tell us about new modules.



If it doesn't exist already, import creates a new runner, imports strict and warnings, loads additional libraries, creates a new Dancer2 app (of type Dancer2::Core::App) and exports the DSL symbols to the caller.

If any additional argument processing is needed, it will be done at this point.

Import gets called when you use Dancer2. You can specify import options giving you control over the keywords that will be imported into your webapp and other things:

    use Dancer2 ( foo => 'bar' ); # sets option foo to bar
    use Dancer2 '!quux'; # Don't import DSL keyword quux

Import Options


Not implemented yet, do not use.


my $runner=runner();

Returns the current runner. It is of type Dancer2::Core::Runner.



    Alberto Simões
    Alexis Sukrieh
    Damien Krotkine
    David Golden
    David Precious
    Franck Cuny
    Mickey Nasriachi
    Russell Jenkins
    Sawyer X
    Stefan Hornburg (Racke)
    Steven Humphrey
    Yanick Champoux


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    Alex Beamish
    Alexander Karelas
    Alexandr Ciornii
    Andrew Grangaard
    Andrew Inishev
    Ashvini V
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    Breno G. de Oliveira
    Cesare Gargano
    Christian Walde
    Colin Kuskie
    Dale Gallagher
    David Steinbrunner
    Dinis Rebolo
    Erik Smit
    Gideon D'souza
    Graham Knop
    Gregor Herrmann
    Grzegorz Rożniecki
    Ivan Bessarabov
    James Aitken
    Jason A. Crome
    Jean Stebens
    Jonathan Scott Duff
    Julio Fraire
    Keith Broughton
    Mark A. Stratman
    Mateu X Hunter
    Matt Phillips
    Matt S Trout
    Olivier Mengué
    Pau Amma
    Pedro Melo
    Rick Yakubowski
    Sam Kington
    Samit Badle
    Shlomi Fish
    Slava Goltser
    Tom Hukins
    Vincent Bachelier


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This software is copyright (c) 2014 by Alexis Sukrieh.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.