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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 3.0.0.

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 (29,462 Stars on Github).
browserify has been out there for longer (since 6 years ago), it also has more versions and a bigger community of maintainers.
gulp has less dependencies, less open issues, less open pull requests, more followers on Github and more forks.
webpack has more frequent updates, more daily downloads, more weekly downloads, more monthly downloads and more stars on Github.

In our review browserify got 1,769,510 points, grunt got 1,341,754 points, gulp got 2,146,655 points and webpack got 4,593,107 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
3.0.0
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 6 years ago (Feb, 2011) 5 years ago (Jan, 2012) 4 years ago (Jul, 2013) 5 years ago (Mar, 2012)
modified 2 days ago 2 days ago 15 hours ago a day ago
total versions 467 56 63 453
version average every 5 days every a month every 23 days every 4 days
maintainers 11 4 2 3
dependencies 47 16 13 22
Daily Downloads 88,947 89,078 143,672 317,890
Weekly Downloads 690,098 480,770 749,049 1,647,721
Monthly Downloads 2,726,203 2,083,164 3,336,266 7,144,951
open issues 424 136 23 804
open pull requests 30 22 2 30
stargazers 11,141 11,477 26,668 29,462
subscribers 313 595 1,180 1,152
forks 997 1,496 3,798 3,647
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1,769,510

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1,341,754

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2,146,655

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4,593,107

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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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