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Comparing bower vs. browserify vs. grunt vs. gulp vs. webpack

How are they different?

Here we compare between bower, browserify, grunt, gulp and webpack. In this comparison we will focus on the latest versions of those packages. The current versions are bower 1.8.2, browserify 14.5.0, grunt 1.0.1, gulp 3.9.1 and webpack 3.8.1.

bower, The browser package manager. It was authored by Twitter on Sep, 2012.
browserify, browser-side require() the node way. It was authored by James Halliday on Feb, 2011.
grunt, The JavaScript Task Runner. It was authored by Grunt Development Team on Jan, 2012.
gulp, The streaming build system. It was authored by Fractal on Jul, 2013.
webpack, Packs CommonJs/AMD modules for the browser. Allows to split your codebase into multiple bundles, which can be loaded on demand. Support loaders to preprocess files, i.e. json, jsx, es7, css, less, ... and your custom stuff. It was authored by Tobias Koppers @sokra on Mar, 2012.

When comparing those packages you notice that webpack is the more popular package today (33,043 Stars on Github).
bower has less dependencies.
browserify has been out there for longer (since 5 years ago), it also has a bigger community of maintainers.
gulp has less open issues and less open pull requests.
webpack has more versions, more frequent updates, more daily downloads, more weekly downloads, more monthly downloads, more stars on Github, more followers on Github and more forks.

In our review bower got 1,496,601 points, browserify got 1,713,646 points, grunt got 1,275,121 points, gulp got 2,048,473 points and webpack got 6,094,811 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

 

bower
1.8.2
NPM

browserify
14.5.0
NPM

grunt
1.0.1
NPM

gulp
3.9.1
NPM

webpack
3.8.1
NPM

description The browser package manager browser-side require() the node way The JavaScript Task Runner The streaming build system Packs CommonJs/AMD modules for the browser. Allows to split your codebase into multiple bundles, which can be loaded on demand. Support loaders to preprocess files, i.e. json, jsx, es7, css, less, ... and your custom stuff.
keywords bower browser, require, commonjs, commonj-esque, bundle, npm, javascript task, async, cli, minify, uglify, build, lodash, unit, test, qunit, nodeunit, server, init, scaffold, make, jake, tool
author Twitter James Halliday Grunt Development Team Fractal Tobias Koppers @sokra
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Comparison
licenses MIT MIT MIT MIT MIT
created 5 years ago (Sep, 2012) 7 years ago (Feb, 2011) 6 years ago (Jan, 2012) 4 years ago (Jul, 2013) 6 years ago (Mar, 2012)
modified 5 days ago 3 days ago 5 days ago 5 days ago 2 days ago
total versions 88 468 56 63 471
version average every 21 days every 5 days every a month every 25 days every 4 days
maintainers 7 36 4 2 3
dependencies 0 47 16 13 22
Daily Downloads 26,021 28,348 23,428 35,792 113,803
Weekly Downloads 578,311 722,488 472,583 784,748 2,445,429
Monthly Downloads 2,348,407 2,637,004 2,023,454 3,209,583 9,546,118
open issues 244 422 138 26 512
open pull requests 30 30 22 5 30
stargazers 15,253 11,435 11,595 27,692 33,043
subscribers 826 325 591 1,201 1,278
forks 2,012 1,026 1,522 4,003 4,160
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Points
Overall points

1,496,601

Points

1,713,646

Points

1,275,121

Points

2,048,473

Points

6,094,811

Points
CLI Shortcuts
install npm i -S bower npm i -S browserify npm i -S grunt npm i -S gulp npm i -S webpack
remove npm r -S bower npm r -S browserify npm r -S grunt npm r -S gulp npm r -S webpack

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