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 1.8.0 and npm 5.0.4.

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 (15,138 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 1,584,088 points and npm got 2,598,391 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, browserify gulp, jspm, webpack, brunch
licenses MIT Artistic-2.0
created 5 years ago (Sep, 2012) 4 years ago (Jul, 2013)
modified 16 hours ago 3 days ago
total versions 86 264
version average every 20 days every 5 days
maintainers 7 4
dependencies 0 95
Daily Downloads 108,436 160,440
Weekly Downloads 573,825 960,949
Monthly Downloads 2,445,738 4,037,469
open issues 243 652
open pull requests 30 30
stargazers 15,138 12,982
subscribers 832 673
forks 1,988 2,587
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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