Comparing angular vs. angular2 vs. backbone vs. react

How are they different?

Here we compare between angular, angular2, backbone and react. In this comparison we will focus on the latest versions of those packages. The current versions are angular 1.6.1, angular2 2.0.0-beta.21, backbone 1.3.3 and react 15.4.2.

angular, HTML enhanced for web apps. It was authored by Angular Core Team on Mar, 2012.
angular2, Angular 2 - a web framework for modern web apps. It was authored on Feb, 2015.
backbone, Give your JS App some Backbone with Models, Views, Collections, and Events. It was authored by Jeremy Ashkenas on Jul, 2011.
react, React is a JavaScript library for building user interfaces. It was authored on Oct, 2011.

When comparing those packages you notice that react is the more popular package today (57,758 Stars on Github).
angular has more versions, more followers on Github and more forks.
angular2 has more frequent updates.
backbone has been out there for longer (since 5 years ago), it also has less open issues.
react has a bigger community of maintainers, more daily downloads, more weekly downloads, more monthly downloads and more stars on Github.

In our review angular got 430,686 points, angular2 got 54,381 points, backbone got 345,434 points and react got 1,539,327 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






description HTML enhanced for web apps Angular 2 - a web framework for modern web apps Give your JS App some Backbone with Models, Views, Collections, and Events. React is a JavaScript library for building user interfaces.
keywords angular, framework, browser, client-side model, view, controller, router, server, client, browser react
author Angular Core Team N/A Jeremy Ashkenas N/A
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active_record, axios, bluebird ember, grommet active_record, axios, bluebird, async react-intl, react-intl-redux, react-redux-i18n, react-redux-multilingual
licenses MIT MIT MIT BSD-3-Clause
created 5 years ago (Mar, 2012) 2 years ago (Feb, 2015) 6 years ago (Jul, 2011) 5 years ago (Oct, 2011)
modified 4 days ago 10 days ago 20 days ago 5 hours ago
total versions 120 68 27 97
version average every 15 days every 10 days every 2 months every 20 days
maintainers 2 1 3 8
dependencies 0 0 1 3
Daily Downloads 7,056 949 5,382 30,266
Weekly Downloads 159,040 10,817 137,644 722,565
Monthly Downloads 519,962 41,809 478,520 2,176,646
open issues 841 1,027 75 692
open pull requests 30 30 30 30
stargazers 54,372 19,768 25,950 57,758
subscribers 4,477 2,238 1,633 4,070
forks 27,008 5,147 5,643 10,475
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install npm i -S angular npm i -S angular2 npm i -S backbone npm i -S react
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