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 1.8.2 and npm 5.5.1.

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 bower is the more popular package today (15,253 Stars on Github).
bower has been out there for longer (since 5 years ago), it also has a bigger community of maintainers, less dependencies, less open issues, more stars on Github and more followers on Github.
On the other hand, npm has more versions, more frequent updates, more daily downloads, more weekly downloads, more monthly downloads and more forks.

In our review bower got 1,496,601 points and npm got 2,563,207 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
gulp, jspm, webpack, grunt gulp, jspm, webpack, grunt
licenses MIT Artistic-2.0
created 5 years ago (Sep, 2012) 4 years ago (Jul, 2013)
modified 5 days ago 9 days ago
total versions 88 272
version average every 21 days every 6 days
maintainers 7 4
dependencies 0 104
Daily Downloads 26,021 55,528
Weekly Downloads 578,311 971,195
Monthly Downloads 2,348,407 4,058,769
open issues 244 1,295
open pull requests 30 30
stargazers 15,253 14,160
subscribers 826 742
forks 2,012 2,799
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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