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Comparing browserify vs. grunt vs. gulp vs. jspm vs. webpack

How are they different?

Here we compare between browserify, grunt, gulp, jspm and webpack. In this comparison we will focus on the latest versions of those packages. The current versions are browserify 14.5.0, grunt 1.0.1, gulp 3.9.1, jspm 0.16.53 and webpack 3.8.1.

browserify, browser-side require() the node way. It was authored by James Halliday on Feb, 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.
jspm, Registry and format agnostic JavaScript package manager. It was authored on Apr, 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 (33,048 Stars on Github).
browserify has been out there for longer (since 7 years ago), it also has a bigger community of maintainers.
gulp has less dependencies, less open issues and less open pull requests.
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 1,667,266 points, grunt got 1,275,121 points, gulp got 2,048,473 points, jspm got 111,087 points and webpack got 5,948,939 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

grunt
1.0.1
NPM

gulp
3.9.1
NPM

jspm
0.16.53
NPM

webpack
3.8.1
NPM

description browser-side require() the node way The JavaScript Task Runner The streaming build system Registry and format agnostic JavaScript package manager 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 task, async, cli, minify, uglify, build, lodash, unit, test, qunit, nodeunit, server, init, scaffold, make, jake, tool
author James Halliday Grunt Development Team Fractal N/A Tobias Koppers @sokra
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Comparison
licenses MIT MIT MIT Apache-2.0 MIT
created 7 years ago (Feb, 2011) 6 years ago (Jan, 2012) 4 years ago (Jul, 2013) 5 years ago (Apr, 2013) 6 years ago (Mar, 2012)
modified 3 days ago 5 days ago 5 days ago 3 days ago 2 days ago
total versions 468 56 63 242 471
version average every 5 days every a month every 25 days every 7 days every 4 days
maintainers 36 4 2 1 3
dependencies 47 16 13 20 22
Daily Downloads 25,850 23,428 35,792 2,035 105,744
Weekly Downloads 721,309 472,583 784,748 51,213 2,415,665
Monthly Downloads 2,547,920 2,023,454 3,209,583 156,264 9,292,186
open issues 422 138 26 203 511
open pull requests 30 22 5 12 30
stargazers 11,435 11,595 27,692 3,616 33,048
subscribers 325 591 1,201 121 1,278
forks 1,026 1,522 4,003 284 4,160
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Points
Overall points

1,667,266

Points

1,275,121

Points

2,048,473

Points

111,087

Points

5,948,939

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

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