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Comparing browserify vs. grunt vs. gulp vs. webpack

How are they different?

Here we compare between browserify, grunt, gulp and webpack. In this comparison we will focus on the latest versions of those packages. The current versions are browserify 14.4.0, grunt 1.0.1, gulp 3.9.1 and webpack 3.6.0.

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.
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 (32,061 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 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 1,698,348 points, grunt got 1,334,642 points, gulp got 2,156,692 points and webpack got 5,646,558 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
14.4.0
NPM

grunt
1.0.1
NPM

gulp
3.9.1
NPM

webpack
3.6.0
NPM

description browser-side require() the node way The JavaScript Task Runner The streaming build system 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 Tobias Koppers @sokra
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Comparison
licenses MIT MIT MIT MIT
created 7 years ago (Feb, 2011) 6 years ago (Jan, 2012) 4 years ago (Jul, 2013) 6 years ago (Mar, 2012)
modified 19 days ago 2 days ago a day ago 3 hours ago
total versions 467 56 63 467
version average every 5 days every a month every 24 days every 4 days
maintainers 34 4 2 3
dependencies 47 16 13 22
Daily Downloads 95,564 93,224 155,526 378,704
Weekly Downloads 498,099 498,161 800,662 2,020,784
Monthly Downloads 2,764,170 2,047,160 3,290,984 8,811,688
open issues 440 138 25 519
open pull requests 30 23 4 30
stargazers 11,349 11,580 27,429 32,061
subscribers 328 592 1,195 1,243
forks 1,019 1,517 3,967 4,031
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Overall points

1,698,348

Points

1,334,642

Points

2,156,692

Points

5,646,558

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

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