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 5.7.1.

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 (15,770 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 more followers on Github.
On the other hand, npm has more versions, more frequent updates, more daily downloads, more weekly downloads, more monthly downloads, more stars on Github and more forks.

In our review bower got 1,337,759 points and npm got 2,832,097 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
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grunt, gulp, webpack, jspm grunt, gulp, webpack, jspm
licenses MIT Artistic-2.0
created 6 years ago (Sep, 2012) 5 years ago (Jul, 2013)
modified 16 days ago a day ago
total versions 88 276
version average every 23 days every 6 days
maintainers 7 4
dependencies 0 107
Daily Downloads 81,568 163,048
Weekly Downloads 480,391 1,083,441
Monthly Downloads 2,073,021 4,373,024
open issues 252 1,643
open pull requests 30 30
stargazers 15,293 15,770
subscribers 815 787
forks 2,021 3,003
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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