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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 2.9.0, minimist 1.2.0, nomnom 1.8.1, optimist 0.6.1 and yargs 7.1.0.

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 (7,796 Stars on Github).
commander has 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, a bigger community of maintainers and less open pull requests.

In our review commander got 16,524,641 points, minimist got 24,156,791 points, nomnom got 896,688 points, optimist got 8,224,954 points and yargs got 15,870,928 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
2.9.0
NPM

minimist
1.2.0
NPM

nomnom
1.8.1
NPM

optimist
0.6.1
NPM

yargs
7.1.0
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 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) 6 years ago (Dec, 2010) 3 years ago (Nov, 2013)
modified a day ago 17 hours ago 24 days ago 23 days ago 2 hours ago
total versions 45 19 25 39 135
version average every 2 months every 2 months every 3 months every 2 months every 9 days
maintainers 3 1 1 3 4
dependencies 1 0 2 2 13
Daily Downloads 1,092,655 1,628,171 60,866 546,645 1,101,967
Weekly Downloads 6,070,366 8,927,853 321,961 3,081,263 5,925,817
Monthly Downloads 25,865,966 37,750,485 1,407,077 12,813,840 24,703,662
open issues 206 56 46 9 97
open pull requests 30 21 11 5 2
stargazers 7,796 2,186 443 2,384 2,860
subscribers 172 33 11 62 56
forks 654 122 57 139 214
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Overall points

16,524,641

Points

24,156,791

Points

896,688

Points

8,224,954

Points

15,870,928

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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