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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 16.2.2, grunt 1.0.3, gulp 3.9.1 and webpack 4.16.1.

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.
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.

browserify has been out there for longer (since 7 years ago), it also has a bigger community of maintainers.
gulp has fewer dependencies and fewer open pull requests.
webpack has more versions, more frequent updates, more daily downloads, more weekly downloads and more monthly downloads.

In our review browserify got 1,480,502 points, grunt got 1,312,164 points, gulp got 2,191,817 points and webpack got 9,338,347 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

webpack
4.16.1
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) 7 years ago (Jan, 2012) 5 years ago (Jul, 2013) 6 years ago (Mar, 2012)
modified 2 months ago a month ago 4 days ago 12 hours ago
total versions 477 58 64 518
version average every 6 days every a month every a month every 4 days
maintainers 40 4 2 3
dependencies 48 17 13 25
Daily Downloads 25,846 21,817 33,746 146,448
Weekly Downloads 559,991 508,046 842,124 3,710,058
Monthly Downloads 2,333,467 2,063,192 3,435,814 14,814,407
open issues 319 137 27 0
open pull requests 30 21 5 30
stargazers 12,091 11,829 29,880 0
subscribers 319 573 1,233 0
forks 1,055 1,544 4,342 0
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Overall points

1,480,502

Points

1,312,164

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2,191,817

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9,338,347

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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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