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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 16.2.2, grunt 1.0.3, gulp 3.9.1, rollup 0.66.0 and webpack 4.19.1.

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 ES 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 (44,073 Stars on Github).
browserify has been out there for longer (since 8 years ago), it also has a bigger community of maintainers.
gulp has fewer open issues and fewer open pull requests.
rollup has fewer dependencies.
webpack has more versions, more frequent updates, more weekly downloads, more monthly downloads, more stars on Github, more followers on Github and more forks.

In our review browserify got 1,305,807 points, grunt got 1,170,643 points, gulp got 1,961,489 points, rollup got 955,301 points and webpack got 9,453,088 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
16.2.2
NPM

grunt
1.0.3
NPM

gulp
3.9.1
NPM

rollup
0.66.0
NPM

webpack
4.19.1
NPM

description browser-side require() the node way The JavaScript Task Runner The streaming build system Next-generation ES 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 8 years ago (Feb, 2011) 7 years ago (Jan, 2012) 5 years ago (Jul, 2013) 3 years ago (May, 2015) 7 years ago (Mar, 2012)
modified 2 months ago a month ago a month ago 3 days ago a day ago
total versions 477 58 64 259 530
version average every 6 days every a month every a month every 5 days every 4 days
maintainers 40 4 2 5 3
dependencies 48 17 13 2 24
Daily Downloads 0 0 0 0 0
Weekly Downloads 391,102 356,032 573,099 298,291 2,911,110
Monthly Downloads 2,178,528 1,953,944 3,276,962 1,577,635 15,884,719
open issues 328 134 22 192 506
open pull requests 30 19 1 23 30
stargazers 12,220 11,860 30,307 13,692 44,073
subscribers 317 564 1,234 264 1,577
forks 1,070 1,541 4,397 587 5,573
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Points
Overall points

1,305,807

Points

1,170,643

Points

1,961,489

Points

955,301

Points

9,453,088

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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