The State of Gotham

Update (2018-06-04): The call for maintainers has been answered. Stay tuned.

When we set out to build Gotham, we had some main ideas that helped to shape it:

We’re excited about the framework we’ve built and the ideas we’ve put into it, but have paused to consider Gotham’s present and future position and want to share these thoughts with the community.

Major changes in the ecosystem

The current state of the web ecosystem in Rust is one of flux. There are some major efforts underway which will improve the future of both web and asynchronous applications (in no particular order):

Gotham is at a point now where everything is back on the table, including the design choices based on what was stable in Rust at the time we started Gotham in early 2017.

A call for maintainers

In recent months, development activity in Gotham has decreased. There are two major reasons that we’ve been less active as maintainers:

The second of these points is sufficiently demanding that we don’t have enough time to maintain Gotham as a serious contender in the Rust web framework arena.

We’d like to “pass the torch” to some new maintainer(s) who are willing to give Gotham the attention it deserves. If that’s you, please reach out to one of us via Gitter or email (@bradleybeddoes’ and @smangelsdorf’s email addresses are in the project’s Git history).

What’s next for Gotham?

Gotham, as it stands, isn’t going away. The repositories, crates and chat channel will remain. We’ll continue accepting security fixes and releasing patch versions if necessary, until we determine what’s next.

Feature contributions are still welcome, but may be delayed until a current or future maintainer has time to consider its relevance, impact on the wider framework, and the contribution itself.

Beyond that, it’s up to the next maintainer(s) to set the next priorities. We’re happy to provide our own thoughts on what that should be.

Bradley and Shaun

Gotham 0.2

Since the first release of the Gotham web framework in August 2017, we’ve been excitedly watching the community grow and get involved in the project. Today we’re pleased to announce the release of version 0.2, which includes new features and refinements identified by the community as well as some from our own wishlist.

Some highlights from version 0.2, out of the 99 issues and PRs that we’ve closed in the last 6 months:

Our thanks to everybody involved in the Gotham community by asking questions, providing feedback, and opening issues and pull requests. Anyone who’d like to get involved should come join us on Gitter or GitHub.

We’ve started adding some issues to the 0.3 roadmap, to get an idea of what we’d like to tackle next. Some of the noteworthy ones on our list so far:

You can find out more about the Gotham web framework at

We’d again like to say a sincere thank you to the developers and communities of all our dependencies, and the Rust language. We’re excited for what 2018 will bring to the Rust ecosystem.

Bradley and Shaun

Announcing Gotham

For the last eight months, we’ve been hard at work on a project that we’re thrilled to be able to share with the wider Rust community.

We know it as Gotham and today we’re releasing 0.1.

Gotham is a flexible web framework that does not sacrifice safety, security or speed. The Gotham core team loves many of the elegant concepts that are found in dynamically typed web application frameworks, such as Rails/Phoenix/Django and aspire to achieve them with the type and memory safety guarantees provided by Rust.

Gotham is stability focused. With our release of Gotham 0.1, we’re compatible with Rust stable and every future release of Gotham will maintain that contract. Naturally, we build on beta and nightly as well so if you’re on the bleeding edge Gotham is good to go.

Gotham leverages async extensively thanks to the Tokio project and is further enhanced by being built directly on top of async Hyper. Completing web requests in µs with almost non-existent memory footprints is still taking some getting used to.

We wanted to get Gotham in the hands of the Rust community early with regular smaller iterations to follow. The Gotham 0.1 release includes the following features:

There are some important features still to be built and we hope that the community will help us define even more. Right now our roadmap includes:

You can find out more about Gotham at We look forward to welcoming you into the Gotham community.

Finally, we’d like to say a very sincere thank you to the developers and communities of every dependency we’ve built Gotham on top of, including of course, Rust itself. Your work is amazing and we could not have gotten here without it. We look forward to working with you all in the future.

Bradley and Shaun

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