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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 14.3.0, grunt 1.0.1, gulp 3.9.1 and webpack 2.4.1.

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 (27,058 Stars on Github).
browserify has been out there for longer (since 6 years ago), it also has more versions and a bigger community of maintainers.
gulp has less dependencies, less open issues, less open pull requests, more followers on Github and more forks.
webpack has more frequent updates, more daily downloads, more weekly downloads, more monthly downloads and more stars on Github.

In our review browserify got 1,787,624 points, grunt got 1,244,834 points, gulp got 2,003,902 points and webpack got 3,760,242 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
14.3.0
NPM

grunt
1.0.1
NPM

gulp
3.9.1
NPM

webpack
2.4.1
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 a day ago 2 days ago 2 days ago
total versions 466 56 63 445
version average every 5 days every a month every 22 days every 4 days
maintainers 11 4 3 3
dependencies 47 16 13 21
Daily Downloads 113,708 86,794 128,481 236,977
Weekly Downloads 628,949 448,950 723,008 1,402,972
Monthly Downloads 2,799,221 1,923,656 3,093,192 5,810,626
open issues 405 134 25 681
open pull requests 30 22 2 30
stargazers 10,968 11,380 26,087 27,058
subscribers 310 594 1,163 1,050
forks 977 1,480 3,696 3,321
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Overall points

1,787,624

Points

1,244,834

Points

2,003,902

Points

3,760,242

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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