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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 0.61.2 and webpack 4.12.0.

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 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 (41,891 Stars on Github).
browserify has been out there for longer (since 7 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 1,070,627 points, grunt got 936,493 points, gulp got 1,529,062 points, rollup got 685,499 points and webpack got 6,346,468 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
0.61.2
NPM

webpack
4.12.0
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 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 a month ago 20 days ago 9 days ago 16 hours ago 7 days ago
total versions 477 58 64 246 510
version average every 6 days every a month every a month every 5 days every 5 days
maintainers 40 4 2 5 3
dependencies 48 17 13 2 25
Daily Downloads 0 0 0 0 0
Weekly Downloads 270,590 244,049 388,144 158,302 1,674,404
Monthly Downloads 1,829,045 1,597,691 2,598,390 1,179,577 10,913,495
open issues 316 137 28 162 487
open pull requests 30 21 5 21 30
stargazers 12,050 11,817 29,728 13,015 41,891
subscribers 321 573 1,228 261 1,520
forks 1,053 1,543 4,319 553 5,257
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Overall points

1,070,627

Points

936,493

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1,529,062

Points

685,499

Points

6,346,468

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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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