Top Developer Tools 2022


Welcome to the Annual StackShare Awards! 🎊 (Check out last year's awards here).

This year we analyzed well over 11 million data points shared by you- the StackShare community- to bring you these rankings 📈

As usual, you probably won't get through the entire list in one sitting, so bookmark it and come on back later 📌

ICYMI: in 2022 we announced that over 1,000 Engineering Teams have adopted StackShare Enterprise to defeat tech sprawl. To get started for free, head over to the GitHub Marketplace and install the StackShare GitHub App.

And now, the moment of truth... the categories for the winners of the StackShare Top Tools Awards 2022 are:

As usual, this is our biggest undertaking of the year- we comb through a massive data set to find the best tools that you should know about, try out, or should already be using. We aggregated usage from 800K+ tech stacks , over 9M+ follows , and tons more developer comments, reviews, and votes (more on methodology below) . Let’s dive in!


New Tool of the Year (2022)

#1: Astro

While ChatGPT dominated conversations ever since it was released in November, Astro came out on top for the year. The static site ecosystem has been gaining populaity for years, so it's not too surprising to see that developers took a liking to a new solution in the space. But unlike many tools in the Jamstack, this one is actually geared towards using less JavaScript. "In Astro, you compose your website using UI components from your favorite JavaScript web framework (React, Svelte, Vue, etc). Astro renders your entire site to static HTML during the build. The result is a fully static website with all JavaScript removed from the final page." The Astro team believes that "an HTML-first, JavaScript-only-as-needed approach is the best solution for the majority of content-based websites." Astro was created by Nate Moore, Fred Schott, and Matthew Phillips in 2021 but really took off and was added to StackShare in 2022. Astro has an MIT license and has over 26K stars on GitHub. Go to Astro's website to learn more.

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#2: SvelteKit

Frameworks (Full Stack)

An application framework powered by Svelte for building extremely high-performance web apps

» SvelteKit's profile | » SvelteKit's website

#3: ChatGPT

GPT Tools

Optimizing Language Models for Dialogue

» ChatGPT's profile | » ChatGPT's website

#4: Mantine

JavaScript Framework Components

React components library with native dark theme support

» Mantine's profile | » Mantine's website

#5: Turborepo

JS Build Tools / JS Task Runners

High-performance build system for JavaScript & TypeScript codebases

» Turborepo's profile | » Turborepo's website

#6: PocketBase

Realtime Backend / API

Open Source realtime backend in one file

» PocketBase's profile | » PocketBase's website

#7: Vitest

Testing Frameworks

A Vite-native unit test framework. It's fast!

» Vitest's profile | » Vitest's website

#8: SurrealDB

Realtime Backend / API

The ultimate cloud database for tomorrow’s applications

» SurrealDB's profile | » SurrealDB's website

#9: Medusa


The open-source Shopify alternative

» Medusa's profile | » Medusa's website

#10: Budibase

Low Code Platforms

An open-source low-code platform for creating internal apps

» Budibase's profile | » Budibase's website

#11: Uptime Kuma

Website Monitoring

A fancy self-hosted monitoring tool

» Uptime Kuma's profile | » Uptime Kuma's website

#12: ChatGPT for VSCode

ChatGPT Tools

A VSCode extension that allows you to use ChatGPT

» ChatGPT for VSCode's profile | » ChatGPT for VSCode's website

#13: Warp

localhost Tools

A Rust-based terminal

» Warp's profile | » Warp's website

#14: Markdoc

Markdown Editors

Stripe's Markdown-based authoring framework

» Markdoc's profile | » Markdoc's website

#15: Infra

User Management and Authentication

Open-source access management for Kubernetes

» Infra's profile | » Infra's website

#16: Theneo

API Tools

Generate Stripe-style API docs

» Theneo's profile | » Theneo's website

#17: Superblocks

Low Code Platforms

IDE for Internal Apps, APIs and Cron Jobs

» Superblocks's profile | » Superblocks's website

#18: Dragonfly

In-Memory Databases

A modern replacement for Redis and Memcached

» Dragonfly's profile | » Dragonfly's website


File Uploads

File Upload Service for Developers

»'s profile | »'s website

#20: Ddosify

Load and Performance Testing

High-performance load testing tool

» Ddosify's profile | » Ddosify's website

#21: Dockerized

Container Tools

Run CLI tools without installation

» Dockerized's profile | » Dockerized's website

#22: Nginx Proxy Manager

Load Balancer / Reverse Proxy

Expose your services easily and securely

» Nginx Proxy Manager's profile | » Nginx Proxy Manager's website

#23: Feathr

Machine Learning Tools

An enterprise-grade, high performance feature store (By LinkedIn)

» Feathr's profile | » Feathr's website

#24: Thin Backend

Realtime Backend / API

A universal backend for making realtime React Apps

» Thin Backend's profile | » Thin Backend's website

#25: Remult

Frameworks (Full Stack)

A CRUD framework for full-stack TypeScript

» Remult's profile | » Remult's website


New Tool of the Year: Runner-Up (2022)

#26: Memphis

Message Queue

Real-time data processing platform

» Memphis's profile | » Memphis's website

#27: Locofy

Mockups to Code as a Service

Ship your products 3-4x faster — with low code

» Locofy's profile | » Locofy's website

#28: PostgresML

Machine Learning Tools

Simple machine learning with PostgreSQL

» PostgresML's profile | » PostgresML's website

#29: ChatGPT for Google

ChatGPT Tools

Display ChatGPT response alongside search engine results

» ChatGPT for Google's profile | » ChatGPT for Google's website

#30: ChatGPT Desktop

ChatGPT Tools

ChatGPT desktop application for Mac, Windows and Linux

» ChatGPT Desktop's profile | » ChatGPT Desktop's website

#31: Fresh Framework

Frameworks (Full Stack)

Next-gen web framework

» Fresh Framework's profile | » Fresh Framework's website

#32: Toola

Low Code Platforms

The open-source Retool alternative

» Toola's profile | » Toola's website

#33: Hydra

Database Tools

Query any database via Postgres

» Hydra's profile | » Hydra's website

#34: Compose Multiplatform

Front-End Frameworks

A modern UI framework for Kotlin that makes building performant and beautiful user interfaces easy (By JetBrains)

» Compose Multiplatform's profile | » Compose Multiplatform's website

#35: Replibyte

Database Tools

A tool to seed your dev database with real data

» Replibyte's profile | » Replibyte's website

#36: Swarmia

Programming & Code Analytics

Engineering productivity software to gain visibility, remove blockers, and ship 10x faster

» Swarmia's profile | » Swarmia's website

#37: Saas UI

UI Components

An advanced component library for SaaS products

» Saas UI's profile | » Saas UI's website


Continuous Integration

A portable devkit for CI/CD pipelines

»'s profile | »'s website

#39: FortuneSheet


A drop-in javascript spreadsheet library that provides rich features like Excel and Google Sheets

» FortuneSheet's profile | » FortuneSheet's website

#40: Multy

Infrastructure Build Tools

Open-source tool to deploy infrastructure in any cloud

» Multy's profile | » Multy's website

#41: Flet

Cross-Platform Mobile Development

The fastest way to build Flutter apps in Python

» Flet's profile | » Flet's website

#42: Pytorch Lightning

Machine Learning Tools

PyTorch framework for high-performance AI research

» Pytorch Lightning's profile | » Pytorch Lightning's website

#43: Penpot

Mobile Prototyping & Interaction Design Tools

The Open-Source design & prototyping platform

» Penpot's profile | » Penpot's website

#44: Graphman

API Tools

Quickly scaffold a postman collection for any GraphQL API

» Graphman's profile | » Graphman's website

#45: Zitadel

User Management and Authentication

The best of Auth0 and Keycloak combined

» Zitadel's profile | » Zitadel's website

#46: Mailwind

Open Source Email Templates

Use Tailwind CSS to design HTML emails

» Mailwind's profile | » Mailwind's website

#47: Django Ninja

Microframeworks (Backend)

Fast Django REST framework for building APIs

» Django Ninja's profile | » Django Ninja's website

#48: Podman Desktop

Container Tools

Manage Podman and other container engines from a single UI and tray

» Podman Desktop's profile | » Podman Desktop's website

#49: Temporal

Workflow Manager

A microservice orchestration platform which enables developers to build scalable applications

» Temporal's profile | » Temporal's website

#50: Task

Code Automation Tools

A task runner / simpler Make alternative written in Go

» Task's profile | » Task's website


Analytics Tool of the Year (2022)

#2: Google Tag Manager

Analytics Integrator

Quickly and easily update tags and code snippets on your website or mobile app

» Follow Google Tag Manager | » See recent tech decisions about Google Tag Manager

#3: Mixpanel

General Analytics

Powerful, self-serve product analytics to help you convert, engage, and retain more users

» Follow Mixpanel | » See recent tech decisions about Mixpanel

#4: Segment

Analytics Integrator

A single hub to collect, translate and send your data with the flip of a switch.

» Follow Segment | » See recent tech decisions about Segment

#5: Amplitude

Mobile Analytics

User analytics to fuel explosive user growth

» Follow Amplitude | » See recent tech decisions about Amplitude


Application Hosting Tool of the Year (2022)

#1: Firebase

Realtime Backend / API

The Realtime App Platform

» Follow Firebase | » See recent tech decisions about Firebase

#2: Amazon EC2

Cloud Hosting

Scalable, pay-as-you-go compute capacity in the cloud

» Follow Amazon EC2 | » See recent tech decisions about Amazon EC2

#4: AWS Lambda

Serverless / Task Processing

Automatically run code in response to modifications to objects in Amazon S3 buckets, messages in Kinesis streams, or updates in DynamoDB

» Follow AWS Lambda | » See recent tech decisions about AWS Lambda

#5: Heroku

Platform as a Service

Build, deliver, monitor and scale web apps and APIs with a trail blazing developer experience.

» Follow Heroku | » See recent tech decisions about Heroku


Web Server of the Year (2022)


Web Servers

A high performance free open source web server powering busiest sites on the Internet.

» Follow NGINX | » See recent tech decisions about NGINX

#2: Apache HTTP Server

Web Servers

Open-source HTTP server for modern operating systems including UNIX and Windows

» Follow Apache HTTP Server | » See recent tech decisions about Apache HTTP Server

#3: Apache Tomcat

Web Servers

An open source software implementation of the Java Servlet and JavaServer Pages technologies

» Follow Apache Tomcat | » See recent tech decisions about Apache Tomcat

#5: Gunicorn

Web Servers

A Python WSGI HTTP Server for UNIX

» Follow Gunicorn | » See recent tech decisions about Gunicorn


Application Utility of the Year (2022)

#1: Postman

API Tools

Only complete API development environment

» Follow Postman | » See recent tech decisions about Postman

#2: Google Maps

Mapping APIs

Build highly customisable maps with your own content and imagery

» Follow Google Maps | » See recent tech decisions about Google Maps

#3: Elasticsearch

Search as a Service

Open Source, Distributed, RESTful Search Engine

» Follow Elasticsearch | » See recent tech decisions about Elasticsearch

#4: GitHub Pages

Static Web Hosting

Public webpages freely hosted and easily published.

» Follow GitHub Pages | » See recent tech decisions about GitHub Pages

#5: Shopify


Quickly and easily create a beautiful online store with Shopify.

» Follow Shopify | » See recent tech decisions about Shopify


Assets & Media Tool of the Year (2022)

#2: CloudFlare

Content Delivery Network

The Web Performance & Security Company.

» Follow CloudFlare | » See recent tech decisions about CloudFlare

#3: Dropbox

File Storage

Build the power of Dropbox into your apps

» Follow Dropbox | » See recent tech decisions about Dropbox

#4: Amazon CloudFront

Content Delivery Network

Content delivery with low latency and high data transfer speeds

» Follow Amazon CloudFront | » See recent tech decisions about Amazon CloudFront

#5: imgix

Image Processing and Management

Optimize, manage, and deliver images and videos for faster pages, better visual quality, and a simpler workflow.

» Follow imgix | » See recent tech decisions about imgix


Back Office Tool of the Year (2022)

#1: Gmail

Email Services

A free web-based e-mail service

» Follow Gmail | » See recent tech decisions about Gmail

#2: Google Sheets

Spreadsheets Online

Create and edit spreadsheets online, for free

» Follow Google Sheets | » See recent tech decisions about Google Sheets

#3: Microsoft Excel

Spreadsheets Online

A spreadsheet program included in the Microsoft Office suite of applications

» Follow Microsoft Excel | » See recent tech decisions about Microsoft Excel

#4: Workday

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

HR and finance apps built for the future

» Workday's profile | » Workday's website

#5: iRedMail

Email Services

Open Source Mail Server Solution

» iRedMail's profile | » iRedMail's website


Build, Test, & Deploy Tool of the Year (2022)

#1: GitHub

Code Collaboration & Version Control

Powerful collaboration, review, and code management for open source and private development projects

» Follow GitHub | » See recent tech decisions about GitHub

#2: Visual Studio Code

Text Editor

Build and debug modern web and cloud applications, by Microsoft

» Follow Visual Studio Code | » See recent tech decisions about Visual Studio Code

#3: Docker

Virtual Machine Platforms & Containers

Enterprise Container Platform for High-Velocity Innovation.

» Follow Docker | » See recent tech decisions about Docker

#4: npm

Front End Package Manager

The package manager for JavaScript.

» Follow npm | » See recent tech decisions about npm

#5: Kubernetes

Container Tools

Manage a cluster of Linux containers as a single system to accelerate Dev and simplify Ops

» Follow Kubernetes | » See recent tech decisions about Kubernetes


Collaboration Tool of the Year (2022)

#1: Slack

Group Chat & Notifications

Bring all your communication together in one place

» Follow Slack | » See recent tech decisions about Slack

#2: Jira

Issue Tracking

The #1 software development tool used by agile teams to plan, track, and release great software.

» Follow Jira | » See recent tech decisions about Jira

#3: Trello

Project Management

Your entire project, in a single glance

» Follow Trello | » See recent tech decisions about Trello

#4: Confluence

Project Management

One place to share, find, and collaborate on information

» Follow Confluence | » See recent tech decisions about Confluence

#5: G Suite

Productivity Suite

Collaboration and productivity apps for Business

» Follow G Suite | » See recent tech decisions about G Suite


Communications Tool of the Year (2022)

#1: Twilio

Voice and SMS

Bring voice and messaging to your web and mobile applications.

» Follow Twilio | » See recent tech decisions about Twilio

#2: Amazon SES

Transactional Email

Bulk and transactional email-sending service.

» Follow Amazon SES | » See recent tech decisions about Amazon SES

#4: Mailgun

Transactional Email

The Email Service for Developers.

» Follow Mailgun | » See recent tech decisions about Mailgun

#5: Amazon SNS

Mobile Push Messaging

Fully managed push messaging service

» Follow Amazon SNS | » See recent tech decisions about Amazon SNS


Data Store/Tool of the Year (2022)

#1: MySQL


The world's most popular open source database

» Follow MySQL | » See recent tech decisions about MySQL

#2: PostgreSQL


A powerful, open source object-relational database system

» Follow PostgreSQL | » See recent tech decisions about PostgreSQL

#4: Redis

In-Memory Databases

Open source (BSD licensed), in-memory data structure store

» Follow Redis | » See recent tech decisions about Redis

#5: Amazon S3

Cloud Storage

Store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web

» Follow Amazon S3 | » See recent tech decisions about Amazon S3


Design Tool of the Year (2022)

#1: Figma

Graphic Design

The collaborative interface design tool.

» Follow Figma | » See recent tech decisions about Figma

#2: InVision

Interactive Mockups

Prototyping & Collaboration For Design Teams

» Follow InVision | » See recent tech decisions about InVision

#3: Adobe Photoshop

Graphic Design

The industry standard in design, photography, video editing & more

» Follow Adobe Photoshop | » See recent tech decisions about Adobe Photoshop

#4: React

Open Source Design Tools

Render React components to Sketch ⚛️💎

» React's profile | » React's website

#5: Adobe XD

Graphic Design

UX/UI design and collaboration tool

» Follow Adobe XD | » See recent tech decisions about Adobe XD


Language of the Year (2022)

#1: JavaScript


Lightweight, interpreted, object-oriented language with first-class functions

» Follow JavaScript | » See recent tech decisions about JavaScript

#2: Python


A clear and powerful object-oriented programming language, comparable to Perl, Ruby, Scheme, or Java.

» Follow Python | » See recent tech decisions about Python

#3: Node.js

Frameworks (Full Stack)

A platform built on Chrome's JavaScript runtime for easily building fast, scalable network applications

» Follow Node.js | » See recent tech decisions about Node.js

#4: Java


A concurrent, class-based, object-oriented, language specifically designed to have as few implementation dependencies as possible

» Follow Java | » See recent tech decisions about Java

#5: TypeScript

Templating Languages & Extensions

A superset of JavaScript that compiles to clean JavaScript output

» Follow TypeScript | » See recent tech decisions about TypeScript


Front-end Framework of the Year (2022)

#1: React

Javascript UI Libraries

A JavaScript library for building user interfaces

» Follow React | » See recent tech decisions about React

#2: jQuery

Javascript UI Libraries

The Write Less, Do More, JavaScript Library.

» Follow jQuery | » See recent tech decisions about jQuery

#3: Vue.js

Javascript MVC Frameworks

A progressive framework for building user interfaces

» Follow Vue.js | » See recent tech decisions about Vue.js

#4: AngularJS

Javascript MVC Frameworks

Superheroic JavaScript MVW Framework

» Follow AngularJS | » See recent tech decisions about AngularJS

#5: Redux

State Management Library

Predictable state container for JavaScript apps

» Follow Redux | » See recent tech decisions about Redux


Backend/Full Stack Framework of the Year (2022)

#1: Django

Frameworks (Full Stack)

The Web framework for perfectionists with deadlines

» Follow Django | » See recent tech decisions about Django

#2: Spring Boot

Frameworks (Full Stack)

Create Spring-powered, production-grade applications and services with absolute minimum fuss

» Follow Spring Boot | » See recent tech decisions about Spring Boot

#3: Laravel

Frameworks (Full Stack)

A PHP Framework For Web Artisans

» Follow Laravel | » See recent tech decisions about Laravel

#4: Rails

Frameworks (Full Stack)

Web development that doesn't hurt

» Follow Rails | » See recent tech decisions about Rails

#5: Next.js

Frameworks (Full Stack)

A small framework for server-rendered universal JavaScript apps

» Follow Next.js | » See recent tech decisions about Next.js


Mobile Tool of the Year (2022)

#1: React Native

Cross-Platform Mobile Development

A framework for building native apps with React

» Follow React Native | » See recent tech decisions about React Native

#2: Flutter

Cross-Platform Mobile Development

Cross-platform mobile framework from Google

» Follow Flutter | » See recent tech decisions about Flutter

#3: Android SDK

Frameworks (Full Stack)

An SDK that provides you the API libraries and developer tools necessary to build, test, and debug apps for Android.

» Follow Android SDK | » See recent tech decisions about Android SDK

#4: Kotlin


Statically typed Programming Language targeting JVM and JavaScript

» Follow Kotlin | » See recent tech decisions about Kotlin

#5: Swift


An innovative new programming language for Cocoa and Cocoa Touch.

» Follow Swift | » See recent tech decisions about Swift


Monitoring Tool of the Year (2022)

#1: Grafana

Monitoring Tools

Open source Graphite & InfluxDB Dashboard and Graph Editor

» Follow Grafana | » See recent tech decisions about Grafana

#2: Kibana

Monitoring Tools

Visualize your Elasticsearch data and navigate the Elastic Stack

» Follow Kibana | » See recent tech decisions about Kibana

#3: Datadog

Performance Monitoring

Unify logs, metrics, and traces from across your distributed infrastructure.

» Follow Datadog | » See recent tech decisions about Datadog

#4: Sentry

Exception Monitoring

See performance issues, fix errors faster, and optimize code health.

» Follow Sentry | » See recent tech decisions about Sentry

#5: Amazon CloudWatch

Cloud Monitoring

Monitor AWS resources and custom metrics generated by your applications and services

» Follow Amazon CloudWatch | » See recent tech decisions about Amazon CloudWatch


Payments Tool of the Year (2022)

#1: PayPal

Payment Services

Send Money, Pay Online or Set Up a Merchant Account

» Follow PayPal | » See recent tech decisions about PayPal

#2: Stripe

Payment Services

Payments for developers

» Follow Stripe | » See recent tech decisions about Stripe

#3: Braintree

Payment Services

Accept payments in your app or website today

» Follow Braintree | » See recent tech decisions about Braintree

#4: Razorpay

Payment Services

Neobanking for Businesses

» Razorpay's profile | » Razorpay's website

#5: Coinbase

Bitcoin Services

Integrate bitcoin payments into your website or application

» Coinbase's profile | » Coinbase's website


Support, Sales, and Marketing Tool of the Year (2022)

#1: WordPress

Self-Hosted Blogging / CMS

A semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability.

» Follow WordPress | » See recent tech decisions about WordPress

#3: Google AdSense


A program that allows bloggers and website owners to make money by displaying Google ads

» Google AdSense's profile | » Google AdSense's website

#4: HubSpot

Marketing Automation

All the software you need to do inbound marketing.

» Follow HubSpot | » See recent tech decisions about HubSpot

#5: Zendesk

Help Desk

The leading cloud-based customer service software solution.

» Follow Zendesk | » See recent tech decisions about Zendesk