MEAN stack vs LAMP stack: Which is the right stack for your project?

Both the LAMP and MEAN web stack play a predominant role in web development. Many organizations around the world are in demand to develop enterprises level applications. All those applications serve consistent performance, scalable, and efficiency. As each making it harder for developers to choose. LAMP and MEAN are two prominent development stacks for web development.

And even though they use several other technologies for backend, server, and databases. There has been a lot of confusion in choosing between these two stacks. In this article, let’s go deep about both the web stacks and differentiate them.

Read: Basics of full-stack development: A tool for creating complex application

What is the MEAN stack?

MEAN stack is an open-source and free of cost stack which helps in quick creation of web-based applications. It is one of the most adopted stacks in recent times. The ultimate thing about the MEAN stack is that it uses the same language(i.e. The Javascript) at every step of the application development process.

MEAN stack

MEAN stands for MongoDB, Expressjs, Angularjs, and Nodejs.

  • MongoDB – Database
  • Expressjs – Server-side application framework
  • Angularjs – Client-side application framework
  • Nodejs – Server-side run time environment

As of many developers, this stack is the one technology that fulfills all the requirements for efficient development in the best possible way. The database stores data in JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) format. Many big companies namely Google, Uber, and Netflix use Mean Stack i.e. all those companies which use a NoSQL database like MongoDB.

Read: What is the future of MEAN stack in web app development?

What is the LAMP stack?

Lamp stack is one of the powerful open-source web server stacks. It is a web development framework helps you to build an extensive and secure application. When it comes to a big package of web application development, the LAMP stack is a good choice to choose from. Besides, it provides excellent support to dynamic database-driven websites. LAMP stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP. 


  • Linux – Operating system
  • Apache – Webserver
  • MySQL – Data storage
  • PHP – Scripting language

It provides an excellent solution that supports customization, flexibility, and also cost-effective and has numerous libraries and tools that support developers to create web applications much easier.



Unlike LAMP, MEAN stack allows developers to utilize web applications on any OS that actually supports Nodejs. 

LAMP stack allows developers to utilize web applications on Linux OS only.


In MEAN stack, the components are not interchangeable. But still, it helps developers in faster coding by using JavaScript on both the client and server-side.

LAMP allows developers to code mostly in PHP as it provides better support of PHP than other programming languages. It also enables developers to choose other languages like Python or Perl as the components in their web stack.


MEAN stack deploys a Nodejs powered web server. These web servers are lightweight and provide non-blocking and event-based web server.

While LAMP has Apache Web Server as its component, which is more mature and robust than another web server.

Read: What is the Nodejs web server and how to build it? 


MEAN stacks generally run faster when compared to other web technology and it provides more security layers to avoid data exposure in an application.

LAMP stacks come with the most secure and reliable architecture.


MEAN stack offers a stabilized way to build your website and supports developers with some intensive functionalities to run your server.

Lamp stack allows interaction between end-users and source. Utilization of PHP and MySQL will ease the coding even simple. 

Read: Basics of full-stack development: A tool for creating complex application


The following comparison table provides with a summary of the above discussion:

Comparison elements MEAN stack  LAMP stack
Operating system Cross-platform. Linux OS only.
Database MongoDB, a non-relational database. MySQL, a relational database.
Mainstream supporters IBM, Samsung, Google Oracle foundation and Linux foundation
Technology MongoDB, Expressjs, Angularjs, Nodejs Linux. Apache, MySQL, PHP
Structure A neat non-blocking structure A complex blocking structure


 Choosing MEAN stack over LAMP stack comes with you the following advantages:

  • Enhanced speed for data retrieval
  • Flexibility in deployment
  • One language for all stage of development
  • Dynamic user-interface with an attractive look.
  • JavaScript code can be used on both the server-side and the client-side.


You need to consider the most important factor that the LAMP stack is more convenient to use. But MEAN is a full-stack JavaScript is now winning the battle. And becomes the top priority of web development companies to jump into the next level of web development.

So, make sure that you consider the user behavior before choosing to develop a web application with Mean stack.

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