Comparing bower vs. npm

How are they different?

Here we compare between bower and npm. In this comparison we will focus on the latest versions of both packages. The current versions are bower 1.8.4 and npm 6.0.1.

bower, The browser package manager. It was authored by Twitter on Sep, 2012.
npm, a package manager for JavaScript. It was authored by Isaac Z. Schlueter on Jul, 2013.

When comparing both packages you notice that npm is the more popular package today (16,455 Stars on Github).
bower has been out there for longer (since 6 years ago), it also has a bigger community of maintainers, fewer dependencies, fewer open issues and fewer open pull requests.
On the other hand, npm 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 1,316,682 points and npm got 3,390,486 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 both packages.

Going into more detail




description The browser package manager a package manager for JavaScript
keywords bower install, modules, package manager, package.json
author Twitter Isaac Z. Schlueter
Related / similar packages
grunt, gulp, webpack, yarn grunt, gulp, webpack, yarn
licenses MIT Artistic-2.0
created 6 years ago (Sep, 2012) 5 years ago (Jul, 2013)
modified 2 months ago 4 days ago
total versions 90 288
version average every 23 days every 6 days
maintainers 7 4
dependencies 0 119
Daily Downloads 19,299 71,322
Weekly Downloads 529,459 1,357,013
Monthly Downloads 2,044,050 5,306,215
open issues 206 1,997
open pull requests 0 30
stargazers 15,306 16,455
subscribers 812 819
forks 2,010 3,097
Overall points




CLI Shortcuts
install npm i -S bower npm i -S npm
remove npm r -S bower npm r -S npm

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