Comparing grunt vs. gulp

How are they different?

Here we compare between grunt and gulp. In this comparison we will focus on the latest versions of both packages. The current versions are grunt 1.0.1 and gulp 3.9.1.

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.

When comparing both packages you notice that gulp is the more popular package today (27,975 Stars on Github).
grunt has been out there for longer (since 6 years ago), it also has a bigger community of maintainers.
On the other hand, gulp has more versions, more frequent updates, less dependencies, more daily downloads, more weekly downloads, more monthly downloads, less open issues, less open pull requests, more stars on Github, more followers on Github and more forks.

In our review grunt got 1,257,777 points and gulp got 2,057,792 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 both packages.

Going into more detail




description The JavaScript Task Runner The streaming build system
keywords task, async, cli, minify, uglify, build, lodash, unit, test, qunit, nodeunit, server, init, scaffold, make, jake, tool
author Grunt Development Team Fractal
Related / similar packages
browserify, webpack, rollup, bower browserify, webpack, rollup, bower
licenses MIT MIT
created 6 years ago (Jan, 2012) 4 years ago (Jul, 2013)
modified 3 days ago 2 days ago
total versions 56 63
version average every a month every 25 days
maintainers 4 2
dependencies 16 13
Daily Downloads 23,786 35,393
Weekly Downloads 488,615 780,247
Monthly Downloads 1,972,284 3,232,420
open issues 138 27
open pull requests 22 5
stargazers 11,640 27,975
subscribers 588 1,209
forks 1,526 4,063
Overall points




CLI Shortcuts
install npm i -S grunt npm i -S gulp
remove npm r -S grunt npm r -S gulp

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