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 (26,087 Stars on Github).
grunt has been out there for longer (since 5 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 1,244,834 points and gulp got 2,003,902 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, bower, brunch browserify, webpack, bower, jspm
licenses MIT MIT
created 5 years ago (Jan, 2012) 4 years ago (Jul, 2013)
modified a day ago 2 days ago
total versions 56 63
version average every a month every 22 days
maintainers 4 3
dependencies 16 13
Daily Downloads 86,794 128,481
Weekly Downloads 448,950 723,008
Monthly Downloads 1,923,656 3,093,192
open issues 134 25
open pull requests 22 2
stargazers 11,380 26,087
subscribers 594 1,163
forks 1,480 3,696
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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