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Comparing axios vs. got vs. request vs. reqwest vs. superagent

How are they different?

Here we compare between axios, got, request, reqwest and superagent. In this comparison we will focus on the latest versions of those packages. The current versions are axios 0.15.3, got 6.7.1, request 2.79.0, reqwest 2.0.5 and superagent 3.5.0.

axios, Promise based HTTP client for the browser and node.js. It was authored by Matt Zabriskie on Aug, 2014.
got, Simplified HTTP requests. It was authored on Mar, 2014.
request, Simplified HTTP request client. It was authored by Mikeal Rogers on Jan, 2011.
reqwest, A wrapper for asynchronous http requests. It was authored by Dustin Diaz on Apr, 2011.
superagent, elegant & feature rich browser / node HTTP with a fluent API. It was authored by TJ Holowaychuk on Aug, 2011.

When comparing those packages you notice that request is the more popular package today (14,447 Stars on Github).
got has more frequent updates, less open issues and less open pull requests.
request has been out there for longer (since 2 years ago), it also has more versions, more daily downloads, more weekly downloads, more monthly downloads, more stars on Github, more followers on Github and more forks.
reqwest has less dependencies.
superagent has a bigger community of maintainers.

In our review axios got 533,445 points, got got 2,784,233 points, request got 11,898,007 points, reqwest got 36,993 points and superagent got 1,909,941 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

 

axios
0.15.3
NPM

got
6.7.1
NPM

request
2.79.0
NPM

reqwest
2.0.5
NPM

superagent
3.5.0
NPM

description Promise based HTTP client for the browser and node.js Simplified HTTP requests Simplified HTTP request client. A wrapper for asynchronous http requests elegant & feature rich browser / node HTTP with a fluent API
keywords xhr, http, ajax, promise, node http, https, get, got, url, uri, request, util, utility, simple, curl, wget, fetch ender, ajax, xhr, connection, web 2.0, async, sync http, ajax, request, agent
author Matt Zabriskie N/A Mikeal Rogers Dustin Diaz TJ Holowaychuk
Related / similar packages
async, hapi, httprequest, asynquence async, hapi, httprequest, asynquence async, hapi, httprequest httprequest isomorphic-fetch
Comparison
licenses MIT MIT Apache-2.0 MIT MIT
created 2 years ago (Aug, 2014) 3 years ago (Mar, 2014) 6 years ago (Jan, 2011) 6 years ago (Apr, 2011) 6 years ago (Aug, 2011)
modified 4 days ago 13 hours ago 2 days ago 6 days ago 3 days ago
total versions 31 67 116 72 105
version average every a month every 16 days every 19 days every a month every 19 days
maintainers 2 3 4 2 10
dependencies 1 11 20 0 10
Daily Downloads 18,703 67,448 340,818 692 61,736
Weekly Downloads 217,304 1,107,797 4,687,989 13,600 750,914
Monthly Downloads 797,340 4,388,766 18,730,072 51,251 2,980,030
open issues 108 26 431 103 96
open pull requests 30 3 10 26 5
stargazers 14,346 1,484 14,447 2,289 9,923
subscribers 308 28 368 87 213
forks 762 80 1,772 285 940
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Points
Overall points

533,445

Points

2,784,233

Points

11,898,007

Points

36,993

Points

1,909,941

Points
CLI Shortcuts
install npm i -S axios npm i -S got npm i -S request npm i -S reqwest npm i -S superagent
remove npm r -S axios npm r -S got npm r -S request npm r -S reqwest npm r -S superagent

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