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 4.1.1.

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 (14,896 Stars on Github).
bower has been out there for longer (since 4 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 1,325,997 points and npm got 1,768,790 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
browserify, ejs, handlebars, jade browserify, grunt, gulp, webpack
licenses MIT Artistic-2.0
created 4 years ago (Sep, 2012) 4 years ago (Jul, 2013)
modified 3 days ago 4 days ago
total versions 86 248
version average every 19 days every 5 days
maintainers 7 3
dependencies 0 86
Daily Downloads 28,232 42,104
Weekly Downloads 575,877 820,727
Monthly Downloads 2,008,225 2,640,867
open issues 237 2,612
open pull requests 30 30
stargazers 14,896 11,447
subscribers 859 632
forks 1,945 2,322
Overall points




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

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