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Comparing agenda vs. cron vs. later vs. node-schedule

How are they different?

Here we compare between agenda, cron, later and node-schedule. In this comparison we will focus on the latest versions of those packages. The current versions are agenda 2.0.2, cron 1.4.1, later 1.2.0 and node-schedule 1.3.0.

agenda, Light weight job scheduler for Node.js. It was authored by Ryan Schmukler on Oct, 2013.
cron, Cron jobs for your node. It was authored by Nick Campbell on Apr, 2011.
later, Determine later (or previous) occurrences of recurring schedules. It was authored by BunKat on Feb, 2012.
node-schedule, A cron-like and not-cron-like job scheduler for Node. It was authored by Matt Patenaude on May, 2011.

When comparing those packages you notice that node-schedule is the more popular package today (5,500 Stars on Github).
agenda has more versions, more frequent updates, a bigger community of maintainers and more forks.
cron has been out there for longer (since 5 years ago), it also has more weekly downloads, more monthly downloads, fewer open issues and fewer open pull requests.
later has fewer dependencies.
node-schedule has more stars on Github and more followers on Github.

In our review agenda got 108,384 points, cron got 760,913 points, later got 40,866 points and node-schedule got 223,560 points. The points are a summary of how big the community is and how well the package is maintained.

Lets dive deeper and have a look at some more details on those packages.

Going into more detail

 

agenda
2.0.2
NPM

cron
1.4.1
NPM

later
1.2.0
NPM

node-schedule
1.3.0
NPM

description Light weight job scheduler for Node.js Cron jobs for your node Determine later (or previous) occurrences of recurring schedules A cron-like and not-cron-like job scheduler for Node.
keywords job, jobs, cron, delayed, scheduler, runner cron, node cron, node-cron, schedule, scheduler, cronjob, cron job schedule, occurrences, recur, cron schedule, task, job, cron
author Ryan Schmukler Nick Campbell BunKat Matt Patenaude
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Comparison
licenses MIT MIT MIT MIT
created 5 years ago (Oct, 2013) 7 years ago (Apr, 2011) 7 years ago (Feb, 2012) 7 years ago (May, 2011)
modified 4 days ago 21 days ago 2 months ago 6 months ago
total versions 73 28 30 39
version average every 24 days every 3 months every 3 months every 2 months
maintainers 5 2 1 4
dependencies 6 1 0 3
Daily Downloads 0 0 0 0
Weekly Downloads 70,689 245,740 11,946 66,993
Monthly Downloads 132,030 1,262,571 62,363 366,925
open issues 153 3 95 72
open pull requests 30 0 16 10
stargazers 4,535 4,951 2,192 5,500
subscribers 124 121 61 126
forks 500 345 208 380
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Points
Overall points

108,384

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760,913

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40,866

Points

223,560

Points
CLI Shortcuts
install npm i -S agenda npm i -S cron npm i -S later npm i -S node-schedule
remove npm r -S agenda npm r -S cron npm r -S later npm r -S node-schedule

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