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 6.2.0.

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 (16,917 Stars on Github).
bower has been out there for longer (since 6 years ago), it also has a bigger community of maintainers, fewer dependencies and fewer open issues.
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 1,209,103 points and npm got 2,968,637 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 23 days ago 3 days ago
total versions 90 292
version average every 24 days every 6 days
maintainers 7 4
dependencies 0 117
Daily Downloads 18,593 63,297
Weekly Downloads 464,033 1,182,050
Monthly Downloads 1,895,033 4,644,367
open issues 210 2,167
open pull requests 0 0
stargazers 15,303 16,917
subscribers 811 830
forks 2,009 3,173
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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