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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 0.18.0, got 9.3.2, request 2.88.0, reqwest 2.0.5 and superagent 4.0.0.

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 axios is the more popular package today (51,200 Stars on Github).
axios has more stars on Github, more followers on Github and more forks.
got has more frequent updates, fewer open issues and fewer open pull requests.
request has been out there for longer (since 4 years ago), it also has more versions, more daily downloads, more weekly downloads and more monthly downloads.
reqwest has fewer dependencies.
superagent has a bigger community of maintainers.

In our review axios got 6,765,071 points, got got 8,983,880 points, request got 25,878,093 points, reqwest got 55,948 points and superagent got 3,337,940 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
0.18.0
NPM

got
9.3.2
NPM

request
2.88.0
NPM

reqwest
2.0.5
NPM

superagent
4.0.0
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, 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 request-promise
Comparison
licenses MIT MIT Apache-2.0 MIT MIT
created 4 years ago (Aug, 2014) 5 years ago (Mar, 2014) 8 years ago (Jan, 2011) 8 years ago (Apr, 2011) 7 years ago (Aug, 2011)
modified a month ago 11 days ago 2 months ago 8 months ago 2 days ago
total versions 38 86 125 72 122
version average every a month every 20 days every 23 days every a month every 22 days
maintainers 2 1 4 2 10
dependencies 2 11 20 0 9
Daily Downloads 241,338 242,508 836,847 994 115,215
Weekly Downloads 3,022,880 4,057,007 11,405,231 20,180 1,505,839
Monthly Downloads 10,152,918 13,657,699 39,461,841 81,306 5,019,709
open issues 456 13 757 107 124
open pull requests 30 3 30 26 5
stargazers 51,200 4,428 21,133 2,711 13,545
subscribers 1,055 76 461 103 241
forks 3,858 239 2,514 334 1,162
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Points
Overall points

6,765,071

Points

8,983,880

Points

25,878,093

Points

55,948

Points

3,337,940

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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