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What is Bower?

Bower is a package manager for the web. It offers a generic, unopinionated solution to the problem of front-end package management, while exposing the package dependency model via an API that can be consumed by a more opinionated build stack. There are no system wide dependencies, no dependencies are shared between different apps, and the dependency tree is flat.
Bower is a tool in the Front End Package Manager category of a tech stack.
Bower is an open source tool with 15.1K GitHub stars and 2K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Bower's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses Bower?

Companies
1065 companies reportedly use Bower in their tech stacks, including Twitter, HENNGE, and ViaVarejo.

Developers
3297 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Bower.

Bower Integrations

WebStorm, Yeoman, Bitrise, CodeKit, and WhiteSource are some of the popular tools that integrate with Bower. Here's a list of all 8 tools that integrate with Bower.
Private Decisions at about Bower

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by members of with Bower in their tech stack.

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Manage web components dependencies Bower

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dependency management Bower

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Antoine Praet
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CEO - Show Sourcing at ShowSourcing · | 1 upvotes · 0 views
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Excellent Front-End package manager. Bower

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Dan Ward
Dan Ward
Web Developer at ForRent.com · | 1 upvotes · 1 views
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2nd favorite package manager for javascript libraries after NPM. Bower

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Package manager for front-end JavaScript dependencies; part of the overall build pipeline. Bower

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Tim De Lange
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Very useful for self-hosting a number of js libs. Bower

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Public Decisions about Bower

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Bower in their tech stack.

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Chesley Brown
Lead Programmer · | 1 upvotes · 4.1K views
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Our package manager for handling dependencies for our front-end interface. Bower

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Ben Boarder
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Developer at Reactor Digital · | 1 upvotes · 4.1K views
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To provide any vendor modules used within the frontend build, mainly AngularJS libraries. Bower

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프론트엔드 라이브러리 관리를 최대한 간단하게 하고 싶어서 쓰는데 나중에 ES6 쓰게되면 아마 npm+webpack 조합으로 가지 않을까 싶음 Bower

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Ferramenta de automação e gerenciamento de dependência para cliente front-end Bower

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Bower was used for a small amount of package management. npm was used everywhere but a few edge cases that only worked with Bower. Bower

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Chris Barnett
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CTO at Promethean TV · | 1 upvotes · 4K views
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PrometheanTV utilizes Bower in the Broadcast Center Tool to manage 3rd party front end dependencies including things like Angular, Bootstrap, etc. Bower

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Bower's Features

  • Bower operates at a lower level than previous attempts at client-side package management – such as Jam, Volo, or Ender. These managers could consume Bower as a dependency.
  • Bower's aim is simply to install packages, resolve dependencies from a bower.json, check versions, and then provide an API which reports on these things. Nothing more. This is a major diversion from past attempts at browser package management.
  • Bower offers a generic, unopinionated solution to the problem of package management, while exposing an API that can be consumed by a more opinionated build stack.

Bower Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Bower?
npm
npm is the command-line interface to the npm ecosystem. It is battle-tested, surprisingly flexible, and used by hundreds of thousands of JavaScript developers every day.
Yarn
Yarn caches every package it downloads so it never needs to again. It also parallelizes operations to maximize resource utilization so install times are faster than ever.
Webpack
A bundler for javascript and friends. Packs many modules into a few bundled assets. Code Splitting allows to load parts for the application on demand. Through "loaders" modules can be CommonJs, AMD, ES6 modules, CSS, Images, JSON, Coffeescript, LESS, ... and your custom stuff.
gulp
Build system automating tasks: minification and copying of all JavaScript files, static images. More capable of watching files to automatically rerun the task when a file changes.
NuGet
A free and open-source package manager designed for the Microsoft development platform. It is also distributed as a Visual Studio extension.
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