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.
When comparing both packages you notice that
bower is the more popular package today
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.