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Comparing browserify vs. brunch vs. grunt vs. gulp vs. webpack

How are they different?

Here we compare between browserify, brunch, grunt, gulp and webpack. In this comparison we will focus on the latest versions of those packages. The current versions are browserify 14.5.0, brunch 2.10.12, grunt 1.0.1, gulp 3.9.1 and webpack 3.8.1.

browserify, browser-side require() the node way. It was authored by James Halliday on Feb, 2011.
brunch, Fast front-end web app build tool with simple declarative config, seamless incremental compilation for rapid development, an opinionated pipeline and workflow, and core support for source maps. It was authored by Brunch team on Jan, 2011.
grunt, The JavaScript Task Runner. It was authored by Grunt Development Team on Jan, 2012.
gulp, The streaming build system. It was authored by Fractal on Jul, 2013.
webpack, Packs CommonJs/AMD modules for the browser. Allows to split your codebase into multiple bundles, which can be loaded on demand. Support loaders to preprocess files, i.e. json, jsx, es7, css, less, ... and your custom stuff. It was authored by Tobias Koppers @sokra on Mar, 2012.

When comparing those packages you notice that webpack is the more popular package today (33,043 Stars on Github).
browserify has a bigger community of maintainers.
brunch has been out there for longer (since 7 years ago), it also has less open pull requests.
gulp has less dependencies and less open issues.
webpack 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 browserify got 1,713,646 points, brunch got 47,072 points, grunt got 1,275,121 points, gulp got 2,048,473 points and webpack got 6,094,811 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 those packages.

Going into more detail

 

browserify
14.5.0
NPM

brunch
2.10.12
NPM

grunt
1.0.1
NPM

gulp
3.9.1
NPM

webpack
3.8.1
NPM

description browser-side require() the node way Fast front-end web app build tool with simple declarative config, seamless incremental compilation for rapid development, an opinionated pipeline and workflow, and core support for source maps The JavaScript Task Runner The streaming build system Packs CommonJs/AMD modules for the browser. Allows to split your codebase into multiple bundles, which can be loaded on demand. Support loaders to preprocess files, i.e. json, jsx, es7, css, less, ... and your custom stuff.
keywords browser, require, commonjs, commonj-esque, bundle, npm, javascript assembler, builder, stack, pipeline, build tool, workflow, source map, incremental, config, react, webpack, browserify, grunt, gulp, broccoli, backbone, ember, angular, chaplin, html5 task, async, cli, minify, uglify, build, lodash, unit, test, qunit, nodeunit, server, init, scaffold, make, jake, tool
author James Halliday Brunch team Grunt Development Team Fractal Tobias Koppers @sokra
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licenses MIT MIT MIT MIT MIT
created 7 years ago (Feb, 2011) 7 years ago (Jan, 2011) 6 years ago (Jan, 2012) 4 years ago (Jul, 2013) 6 years ago (Mar, 2012)
modified 3 days ago 5 days ago 5 days ago 5 days ago 2 days ago
total versions 468 173 56 63 471
version average every 5 days every 14 days every a month every 25 days every 4 days
maintainers 36 4 4 2 3
dependencies 47 23 16 13 22
Daily Downloads 28,348 740 23,428 35,792 113,803
Weekly Downloads 722,488 16,783 472,583 784,748 2,445,429
Monthly Downloads 2,637,004 60,531 2,023,454 3,209,583 9,546,118
open issues 422 102 138 26 512
open pull requests 30 2 22 5 30
stargazers 11,435 6,202 11,595 27,692 33,043
subscribers 325 155 591 1,201 1,278
forks 1,026 423 1,522 4,003 4,160
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Points
Overall points

1,713,646

Points

47,072

Points

1,275,121

Points

2,048,473

Points

6,094,811

Points
CLI Shortcuts
install npm i -S browserify npm i -S brunch npm i -S grunt npm i -S gulp npm i -S webpack
remove npm r -S browserify npm r -S brunch npm r -S grunt npm r -S gulp npm r -S webpack

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