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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 14.1.0, grunt 1.0.1, gulp 3.9.1 and webpack 2.2.1.

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 gulp is the more popular package today (25,335 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.

Going into more detail

 

browserify
14.1.0
NPM

grunt
1.0.1
NPM

gulp
3.9.1
NPM

webpack
2.2.1
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 6 years ago (Feb, 2011) 5 years ago (Jan, 2012) 4 years ago (Jul, 2013) 5 years ago (Mar, 2012)
modified a day ago 10 hours ago 6 hours ago a day ago
total versions 464 56 63 438
version average every 5 days every a month every 21 days every 4 days
maintainers 11 4 3 3
dependencies 47 16 13 20
Daily Downloads 109,176 27,969 34,756 75,814
Weekly Downloads 737,505 474,466 670,508 1,133,218
Monthly Downloads 2,643,583 1,893,750 2,777,935 4,458,952
open issues 397 132 26 690
open pull requests 28 22 3 30
stargazers 10,788 11,305 25,335 24,778
subscribers 318 595 1,165 995
forks 959 1,460 3,602 2,935
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Overall points

1,761,617

Points

1,213,133

Points

1,772,317

Points

2,866,190

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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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