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Comparing commander vs. minimist vs. nomnom vs. optimist vs. yargs

How are they different?

Here we compare between commander, minimist, nomnom, optimist and yargs. In this comparison we will focus on the latest versions of those packages. The current versions are commander 2.10.0, minimist 1.2.0, nomnom 1.8.1, optimist 0.6.1 and yargs 8.0.2.

commander, the complete solution for node.js command-line programs. It was authored by TJ Holowaychuk on Aug, 2011.
minimist, parse argument options. It was authored by James Halliday on Jun, 2013.
nomnom, Option parser with generated usage and commands. It was authored by Heather Arthur on Apr, 2011.
optimist, Light-weight option parsing with an argv hash. No optstrings attached. It was authored by James Halliday on Dec, 2010.
yargs, yargs the modern, pirate-themed, successor to optimist. It was authored on Nov, 2013.

When comparing those packages you notice that commander is the more popular package today (8,206 Stars on Github).
commander has a bigger community of maintainers, more stars on Github, more followers on Github and more forks.
minimist has less dependencies, more daily downloads, more weekly downloads and more monthly downloads.
optimist has been out there for longer (since 6 years ago), it also has less open issues.
yargs has more versions, more frequent updates and less open pull requests.

In our review commander got 19,160,098 points, minimist got 25,939,590 points, nomnom got 944,605 points, optimist got 8,802,867 points and yargs got 19,719,092 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

 

commander
2.10.0
NPM

minimist
1.2.0
NPM

nomnom
1.8.1
NPM

optimist
0.6.1
NPM

yargs
8.0.2
NPM

description the complete solution for node.js command-line programs parse argument options Option parser with generated usage and commands Light-weight option parsing with an argv hash. No optstrings attached. yargs the modern, pirate-themed, successor to optimist.
keywords commander, command, option, parser argv, getopt, parser, optimist arguments, option parser, command line, options, parser argument, args, option, parser, parsing, cli, command argument, args, option, parser, parsing, cli, command
author TJ Holowaychuk James Halliday Heather Arthur James Halliday N/A
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licenses MIT MIT N/A MIT/X11 MIT
created 6 years ago (Aug, 2011) 4 years ago (Jun, 2013) 6 years ago (Apr, 2011) 7 years ago (Dec, 2010) 4 years ago (Nov, 2013)
modified a day ago 2 days ago a month ago a month ago 2 days ago
total versions 46 19 25 39 139
version average every 2 months every 3 months every 3 months every 2 months every 9 days
maintainers 5 1 1 3 3
dependencies 1 0 2 2 13
Daily Downloads 1,393,904 1,744,183 63,404 596,330 1,338,354
Weekly Downloads 7,456,863 9,436,413 340,174 3,197,527 7,187,690
Monthly Downloads 29,447,809 40,691,273 1,482,152 13,803,673 30,901,348
open issues 203 54 47 9 115
open pull requests 30 21 12 5 3
stargazers 8,206 2,296 449 2,404 3,112
subscribers 182 34 10 62 59
forks 692 130 56 141 230
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Points
Overall points

19,160,098

Points

25,939,590

Points

944,605

Points

8,802,867

Points

19,719,092

Points
CLI Shortcuts
install npm i -S commander npm i -S minimist npm i -S nomnom npm i -S optimist npm i -S yargs
remove npm r -S commander npm r -S minimist npm r -S nomnom npm r -S optimist npm r -S yargs

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