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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 15.2K GitHub stars and 2K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Bower's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses Bower?

1047 companies reportedly use Bower in their tech stacks, including Twitter, MIT, and Bodybuilding.com.

2694 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Bower.

Bower Integrations

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

Why developers like Bower?

Here’s a list of reasons why companies and developers use Bower
Bower Reviews

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

Chesley Brown
Chesley Brown
Lead Programmer · | 1 upvotes · 3.1K views

Our package manager for handling dependencies for our front-end interface. Bower

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Ben Boarder
Ben Boarder
Developer at Reactor Digital · | 1 upvotes · 3.1K views
atReactor DigitalReactor Digital

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
Chris Barnett
CTO at Promethean TV · | 1 upvotes · 3K views
atPromethean TVPromethean TV

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 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 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.
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.
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.
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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Bower's Followers
2627 developers follow Bower to keep up with related blogs and decisions.
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