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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 8.3.1, request 2.87.0, reqwest 2.0.5 and superagent 3.8.3.

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 (41,792 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 5,331,109 points, got got 9,195,472 points, request got 29,240,203 points, reqwest got 86,546 points and superagent got 4,093,661 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
8.3.1
NPM

request
2.87.0
NPM

reqwest
2.0.5
NPM

superagent
3.8.3
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
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licenses MIT MIT Apache-2.0 MIT MIT
created 4 years ago (Aug, 2014) 4 years ago (Mar, 2014) 7 years ago (Jan, 2011) 7 years ago (Apr, 2011) 7 years ago (Aug, 2011)
modified 6 days ago 20 days ago 6 hours ago 2 months ago 22 days ago
total versions 37 77 124 72 120
version average every a month every 20 days every 22 days every a month every 21 days
maintainers 2 4 4 2 10
dependencies 2 17 20 0 10
Daily Downloads 93,529 170,794 770,073 979 63,316
Weekly Downloads 2,244,584 3,764,512 12,683,556 35,090 1,668,373
Monthly Downloads 8,229,975 14,448,337 44,978,097 127,793 6,422,172
open issues 266 49 683 106 100
open pull requests 30 2 30 26 3
stargazers 41,792 2,642 19,555 2,637 12,766
subscribers 894 55 445 99 243
forks 2,994 168 2,320 319 1,121
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Points
Overall points

5,331,109

Points

9,195,472

Points

29,240,203

Points

86,546

Points

4,093,661

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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