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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 14.5.0, grunt 1.0.1, gulp 3.9.1 and webpack 3.8.1.

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.

When comparing those packages you notice that webpack is the more popular package today (34,008 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 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 1,578,110 points, grunt got 1,257,777 points, gulp got 2,057,792 points and webpack got 6,285,573 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
14.5.0
NPM

grunt
1.0.1
NPM

gulp
3.9.1
NPM

webpack
3.8.1
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) 6 years ago (Jan, 2012) 4 years ago (Jul, 2013) 6 years ago (Mar, 2012)
modified 3 days ago 3 days ago 2 days ago 3 days ago
total versions 468 56 63 471
version average every 5 days every a month every 25 days every 4 days
maintainers 38 4 2 3
dependencies 47 16 13 22
Daily Downloads 25,003 23,786 35,393 106,598
Weekly Downloads 641,310 488,615 780,247 2,383,090
Monthly Downloads 2,449,878 1,972,284 3,232,420 9,994,982
open issues 418 138 27 539
open pull requests 30 22 5 30
stargazers 11,519 11,640 27,975 34,008
subscribers 326 588 1,209 1,293
forks 1,029 1,526 4,063 4,282
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Overall points

1,578,110

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1,257,777

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2,057,792

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6,285,573

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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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