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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 16.2.3, grunt 1.0.3, gulp 3.9.1 and webpack 4.26.0.

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 (45,259 Stars on Github).
browserify has been out there for longer (since 8 years ago), it also has a bigger community of maintainers.
gulp has fewer dependencies, fewer open issues and fewer open pull requests.
webpack has more versions, 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 1,135,711 points, grunt got 995,087 points, gulp got 1,747,400 points and webpack got 9,205,099 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
16.2.3
NPM

grunt
1.0.3
NPM

gulp
3.9.1
NPM

webpack
4.26.0
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 8 years ago (Feb, 2011) 7 years ago (Jan, 2012) 5 years ago (Jul, 2013) 7 years ago (Mar, 2012)
modified 2 months ago 3 months ago 9 days ago 3 hours ago
total versions 478 58 64 541
version average every 6 days every a month every a month every 5 days
maintainers 40 4 2 3
dependencies 48 17 13 24
Daily Downloads 23,686 24,405 42,724 224,068
Weekly Downloads 480,401 425,484 768,898 4,082,510
Monthly Downloads 1,725,150 1,508,936 2,609,675 13,990,406
open issues 334 134 20 500
open pull requests 30 18 1 30
stargazers 12,316 11,880 30,572 45,259
subscribers 317 559 1,231 1,616
forks 1,069 1,545 4,428 5,727
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Points
Overall points

1,135,711

Points

995,087

Points

1,747,400

Points

9,205,099

Points
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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