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 14.1.0, grunt 1.0.1, gulp 3.9.1 and webpack 2.2.1.
browser-side require() the node way.
It was authored
on Feb, 2011.
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
gulp is the more popular package today
Stars on Github).
browserify has been out there for longer (since 6 years ago), it also has more versions, a bigger community of maintainers and more daily downloads.
gulp has less dependencies, less open issues, less open pull requests, more stars on Github, more followers on Github and more forks.
webpack has more frequent updates, more weekly downloads and more monthly downloads.
In our review browserify got 1,761,617 points, grunt got 1,213,133 points, gulp got 1,772,317 points and webpack got 2,866,190 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.