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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 2.13.0, minimist 1.2.0, nomnom 1.8.1, optimist 0.6.1 and yargs 10.1.1.

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 (9,821 Stars on Github).
commander has a bigger community of maintainers, more stars on Github, more followers on Github and more forks.
minimist has 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, more daily downloads and less open pull requests.

In our review commander got 20,232,122 points, minimist got 27,312,774 points, nomnom got 1,444,764 points, optimist got 8,464,225 points and yargs got 25,240,619 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
2.13.0
NPM

minimist
1.2.0
NPM

nomnom
1.8.1
NPM

optimist
0.6.1
NPM

yargs
10.1.1
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) 5 years ago (Jun, 2013) 7 years ago (Apr, 2011) 7 years ago (Dec, 2010) 4 years ago (Nov, 2013)
modified 7 hours ago a day ago 3 days ago 2 days ago a day ago
total versions 51 19 25 39 152
version average every 2 months every 3 months every 3 months every 2 months every 10 days
maintainers 5 1 1 3 3
dependencies 0 0 2 2 12
Daily Downloads 1,496,508 1,769,977 102,270 577,629 1,775,703
Weekly Downloads 8,984,609 11,527,730 655,074 3,714,773 10,983,621
Monthly Downloads 29,957,992 41,319,698 2,128,675 12,627,686 37,709,110
open issues 222 55 48 13 133
open pull requests 30 23 13 8 4
stargazers 9,821 2,682 462 2,477 3,943
subscribers 197 40 10 63 69
forks 794 154 57 146 330
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Points
Overall points

20,232,122

Points

27,312,774

Points

1,444,764

Points

8,464,225

Points

25,240,619

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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