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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 0.17.1, got 8.0.2, request 2.83.0, reqwest 2.0.5 and superagent 3.8.2.

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 axios is the more popular package today (34,185 Stars on Github).
axios has more stars on Github, more followers on Github and more forks.
got has more frequent updates, less open issues and less open pull requests.
request has been out there for longer (since 3 years ago), it also has more versions, more daily downloads, more weekly downloads and more monthly downloads.
reqwest has less dependencies.
superagent has a bigger community of maintainers.

In our review axios got 2,106,096 points, got got 5,283,030 points, request got 19,166,846 points, reqwest got 88,396 points and superagent got 2,872,209 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
0.17.1
NPM

got
8.0.2
NPM

request
2.83.0
NPM

reqwest
2.0.5
NPM

superagent
3.8.2
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, net, network, electron http, simple, util, utility ender, ajax, xhr, connection, web 2.0, async, sync http, ajax, request, agent
author Matt Zabriskie N/A Mikeal Rogers Dustin Diaz TJ Holowaychuk
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isomorphic-fetch isomorphic-fetch isomorphic-fetch isomorphic-fetch asynquence
Comparison
licenses MIT MIT Apache-2.0 MIT MIT
created 3 years ago (Aug, 2014) 4 years ago (Mar, 2014) 7 years ago (Jan, 2011) 7 years ago (Apr, 2011) 6 years ago (Aug, 2011)
modified 3 days ago 3 days ago 3 days ago a month ago 5 days ago
total versions 36 72 120 72 118
version average every a month every 19 days every 21 days every a month every 20 days
maintainers 2 4 4 2 10
dependencies 2 17 22 0 10
Daily Downloads 137,322 351,529 1,233,549 5,055 155,398
Weekly Downloads 942,376 2,208,216 8,041,430 36,214 1,253,464
Monthly Downloads 3,055,165 7,999,821 29,013,118 126,434 4,303,617
open issues 230 45 617 104 114
open pull requests 30 3 30 26 6
stargazers 34,185 2,305 18,202 2,570 12,062
subscribers 734 42 417 98 236
forks 2,365 140 2,178 316 1,081
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Overall points

2,106,096

Points

5,283,030

Points

19,166,846

Points

88,396

Points

2,872,209

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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