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Comparing browserify vs. grunt vs. gulp vs. rollup vs. webpack

How are they different?

Here we compare between browserify, grunt, gulp, rollup 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, rollup 0.51.8 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.
rollup, Next-generation ES6 module bundler. It was authored by Rich Harris on May, 2015.
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 (34,012 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 open issues and less open pull requests.
rollup has less dependencies.
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 1,578,110 points, grunt got 1,257,777 points, gulp got 2,057,793 points, rollup got 670,580 points and webpack got 6,285,578 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

rollup
0.51.8
NPM

webpack
3.8.1
NPM

description browser-side require() the node way The JavaScript Task Runner The streaming build system Next-generation ES6 module bundler 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 modules, bundler, bundling, es6, optimizer
author James Halliday Grunt Development Team Fractal Rich Harris Tobias Koppers @sokra
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Comparison
licenses MIT MIT MIT MIT MIT
created 7 years ago (Feb, 2011) 6 years ago (Jan, 2012) 4 years ago (Jul, 2013) 3 years ago (May, 2015) 6 years ago (Mar, 2012)
modified 3 days ago 3 days ago 2 days ago 16 hours ago 3 days ago
total versions 468 56 63 202 471
version average every 5 days every a month every 25 days every 5 days every 4 days
maintainers 38 4 2 5 3
dependencies 47 16 13 0 22
Daily Downloads 25,003 23,786 35,393 22,486 106,598
Weekly Downloads 641,310 488,615 780,247 258,931 2,383,090
Monthly Downloads 2,449,878 1,972,284 3,232,420 1,031,584 9,994,982
open issues 418 138 27 206 539
open pull requests 30 22 5 14 30
stargazers 11,519 11,640 27,975 10,875 34,012
subscribers 326 588 1,209 248 1,294
forks 1,029 1,526 4,064 446 4,282
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Points
Overall points

1,578,110

Points

1,257,777

Points

2,057,793

Points

670,580

Points

6,285,578

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

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