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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 13.3.0, grunt 1.0.1, gulp 3.9.1 and webpack 1.14.0.

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, jade, coffee, 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 (24,881 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 stars on Github, more followers on Github and more forks.
webpack has more frequent updates, more daily downloads, more weekly downloads and more monthly downloads.

In our review browserify got 1,272,947 points, grunt got 1,023,143 points, gulp got 1,485,237 points and webpack got 1,916,462 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
13.3.0
NPM

grunt
1.0.1
NPM

gulp
3.9.1
NPM

webpack
1.14.0
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, jade, coffee, 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 13 hours ago 2 days ago 21 hours ago 7 hours ago
total versions 462 56 63 435
version average every 5 days every a month every 21 days every 4 days
maintainers 11 4 3 3
dependencies 47 16 13 15
Daily Downloads 24,483 22,069 32,353 56,885
Weekly Downloads 500,772 460,125 653,920 845,249
Monthly Downloads 1,987,980 1,534,074 2,223,926 2,870,962
open issues 399 133 26 658
open pull requests 30 22 3 30
stargazers 10,648 11,273 24,881 22,900
subscribers 321 605 1,148 930
forks 950 1,451 3,493 2,609
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1,272,947

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1,023,143

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1,485,237

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1,916,462

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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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