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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 15.2.0, grunt 1.0.1, gulp 3.9.1, rollup 0.54.0 and webpack 3.10.0.

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 (35,945 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 1,425,770 points, grunt got 1,037,931 points, gulp got 1,822,727 points, rollup got 591,986 points and webpack got 5,855,529 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
15.2.0
NPM

grunt
1.0.1
NPM

gulp
3.9.1
NPM

rollup
0.54.0
NPM

webpack
3.10.0
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) 5 years ago (Jul, 2013) 3 years ago (May, 2015) 6 years ago (Mar, 2012)
modified 11 hours ago 22 days ago 6 days ago 4 days ago 3 days ago
total versions 471 56 64 212 479
version average every 5 days every a month every a month every 5 days every 4 days
maintainers 40 4 2 5 3
dependencies 48 16 13 0 22
Daily Downloads 118,973 67,698 124,271 34,320 373,121
Weekly Downloads 595,193 450,583 773,377 248,620 2,578,733
Monthly Downloads 2,096,571 1,526,562 2,679,030 871,377 8,668,140
open issues 391 140 23 235 496
open pull requests 30 22 5 19 29
stargazers 11,684 11,707 28,477 11,530 35,945
subscribers 323 591 1,212 257 1,353
forks 1,039 1,531 4,179 480 4,539
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Points
Overall points

1,425,770

Points

1,037,931

Points

1,822,727

Points

591,986

Points

5,855,529

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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