Hono Now Available on JSR: A Technical Deep Dive


The JavaScript ecosystem is continually evolving, driven by a need for improved tools and practices that simplify development and enhance productivity. One of the significant recent advancements in this space is the introduction of JSR, a modern JavaScript registry aimed at simplifying the publishing and consuming of JavaScript and TypeScript modules while promoting web standards. JSR has quickly garnered attention and adoption, with over 250 new packages being published each week.

Today, we're excited to announce that Hono, a fast, lightweight, batteries-included, cross-platform server routing framework, is now available on JSR. Hono's first-class support for TypeScript and web standard APIs makes it an excellent choice for developers looking to build robust and scalable server-side applications.

In this blog post, we will explore the features and benefits of Hono, demonstrate how to get started with Hono via JSR, and discuss how this integration enhances the overall developer experience.

What is Hono?

Hono is a modern server routing framework designed to be fast and lightweight. It is built with a focus on performance and simplicity, making it suitable for a wide range of applications, from small APIs to large-scale web services. Hono's key features include:

  • Cross-Platform Compatibility: Hono runs seamlessly in various JavaScript environments, including Deno, Node.js, and browsers.
  • First-Class TypeScript Support: Hono provides comprehensive type definitions, ensuring a smooth development experience for TypeScript users.
  • Web Standard APIs: Hono adheres to web standards, making it a future-proof choice for modern web development.
  • Minimalistic and Modular: Hono is designed to be lightweight, with a small footprint and minimal dependencies, allowing developers to build fast and efficient applications.

Getting Started with Hono on JSR

One of the primary advantages of using Hono via JSR is the streamlined installation and setup process. JSR simplifies dependency management and ensures that your projects are always using the latest, stable versions of your dependencies. Let's walk through the steps to get started with Hono on JSR.

Installing Hono

To install Hono from JSR, you can use the following command:

deno add @hono/hono

Alternatively, if you prefer using npm, you can use the following command:

npx jsr add @hono/hono

Executing either command will generate a deno.json file, listing all your project dependencies:

// deno.json

  "imports": {
    "@hono/hono": "jsr:@hono/hono^4.4.5"

Setting Up Your Project

Once Hono is installed, you can import the serverless driver in your main.ts file and set up your server:

import { Hono } from "@hono/hono";

const app = new Hono();

app.get("/", (c) => {
  return c.text("Hello Deno!");


This simple setup defines a basic Hono application that responds with "Hello Deno!" when accessed via the root URL.

Running Your Application

To run your Hono application, use the following command:

deno run -A main.ts

This command starts the server, and your application will be accessible at http://localhost:8000.

Scaffolding a Hono Project

For a more comprehensive setup, you can scaffold a new Hono project using the following command:

deno run -A npm:create-hono@latest

Currently, only the deno template selection will use Hono from JSR.

Benefits of Using Hono via JSR

Integrating Hono with JSR offers numerous benefits that enhance the development workflow and overall experience:

Simplified Dependency Management

JSR simplifies the process of managing dependencies by providing a modern registry that ensures you are always using the latest, stable versions of your packages. This reduces the risk of version conflicts and makes it easier to maintain your projects.

Enhanced Developer Experience

Hono's first-class TypeScript support, combined with JSR's seamless integration, ensures that type definitions and documentation are readily available in your text editor. This improves code completion, error detection, and overall productivity.

Adherence to Web Standards

Both Hono and JSR promote the use of web standards, making your applications more future-proof and compatible with a wide range of environments. This adherence to standards ensures that your codebase remains maintainable and scalable over time.

Performance and Efficiency

Hono is designed to be fast and lightweight, with minimal dependencies. This results in efficient applications that perform well under load, making Hono an ideal choice for building high-performance web services.

Exploring Hono's Features

To fully appreciate the power and flexibility of Hono, let's delve deeper into some of its core features and see how they can be leveraged to build robust applications.

Middleware Support

Hono provides a flexible middleware system that allows you to extend and customize the behavior of your application. Middleware functions can be used for a variety of purposes, such as logging, authentication, and error handling.

Here is an example of using middleware in Hono:

import { Hono } from "@hono/hono";

const app = new Hono();

// Middleware to log requests
app.use((c, next) => {
  console.log(`${c.req.method} ${c.req.url}`);
  return next();

// Route handler
app.get("/", (c) => {
  return c.text("Hello Deno with Middleware!");


In this example, the middleware logs each incoming request before passing control to the route handler.

Routing Capabilities

Hono offers powerful routing capabilities that allow you to define routes with various HTTP methods and path patterns. This makes it easy to organize your application's endpoints and handle different types of requests.

Here is an example of defining routes in Hono:

import { Hono } from "@hono/hono";

const app = new Hono();

app.get("/", (c) => c.text("Welcome to Hono!"));
app.get("/about", (c) => c.text("About Hono"));
app.post("/submit", async (c) => {
  const data = await c.req.parseBody();
  return c.json({ message: "Form submitted", data });


This setup defines three routes: a root route, an "about" route, and a "submit" route that handles POST requests and processes form data.

TypeScript Integration

Hono's first-class TypeScript support ensures that you can take full advantage of TypeScript's type-checking and autocomplete features. This leads to more robust and maintainable code, with fewer runtime errors.

Here is an example demonstrating TypeScript integration with Hono:

import { Hono, Context } from "@hono/hono";

const app = new Hono();

interface Data {
  name: string;
  age: number;

app.post("/data", async (c: Context) => {
  const data: Data = await c.req.parseBody();
  return c.json({ message: "Data received", data });


In this example, we define an interface Data to specify the expected structure of the request body, ensuring type safety and improving code clarity.

Error Handling

Hono provides robust error handling capabilities, allowing you to define custom error handlers to manage different types of errors gracefully.

Here is an example of custom error handling in Hono:

import { Hono } from "@hono/hono";

const app = new Hono();

app.get("/", (c) => {
  throw new Error("Something went wrong!");

app.onError((err, c) => {
  return c.text("Internal Server Error", 500);


In this example, the onError method is used to define a custom error handler that logs the error and returns a 500 response with an error message.

Cross-Platform Deployment

Hono's cross-platform compatibility ensures that your applications can run in various JavaScript environments, including Deno, Node.js, and browsers. This flexibility allows you to deploy your applications in different environments without major modifications.

Here is an example of deploying a Hono application in Node.js:

const { Hono } = require("@hono/hono");
const { createServer } = require("http");

const app = new Hono();

app.get("/", (c) => {
  return c.text("Hello Node.js!");

const server = createServer((req, res) => {
  app.fetch(req).then((response) => {
    res.statusCode = response.status;
    response.headers.forEach((value, name) => {
      res.setHeader(name, value);

server.listen(3000, () => {
  console.log("Server running at http://localhost:3000/");

This setup creates an HTTP server in Node.js that handles requests using the Hono application.


The availability of Hono on JSR marks a significant advancement for the JavaScript ecosystem. By combining Hono's lightweight, performant routing framework with JSR's modern registry capabilities, developers can enjoy a streamlined, efficient development experience. Whether you're building small APIs or large-scale web services, Hono's first-class TypeScript support, adherence to web standards, and cross-platform compatibility make it an excellent choice for your server-side applications.

As you explore Hono and JSR, you'll discover a wealth of features and tools designed to enhance your productivity and simplify your development workflows. We encourage you to get started with Hono via JSR, experiment with its capabilities, and see firsthand how it can elevate your projects.

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Happy coding!

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