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Babel vs Browserify: What are the differences?

Babel: Use next generation JavaScript, today. Babel will turn your ES6+ code into ES5 friendly code, so you can start using it right now without waiting for browser support; Browserify: Browser-side require() the node.js way. Browserify lets you require('modules') in the browser by bundling up all of your dependencies.

Babel can be classified as a tool in the "JavaScript Compilers" category, while Browserify is grouped under "Front End Package Manager".

"Modern Javascript works with all browsers" is the top reason why over 160 developers like Babel, while over 73 developers mention "Node style browser code" as the leading cause for choosing Browserify.

Babel and Browserify are both open source tools. It seems that Babel with 33.5K GitHub stars and 3.57K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Browserify with 12.7K GitHub stars and 1.12K GitHub forks.

SendGrid, Sentry, and Yahoo! are some of the popular companies that use Babel, whereas Browserify is used by Clever, Repro, and UNION. Babel has a broader approval, being mentioned in 888 company stacks & 661 developers stacks; compared to Browserify, which is listed in 111 company stacks and 42 developer stacks.

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Pros of Babel
Pros of Browserify
  • 165
    Modern Javascript works with all browsers
  • 77
    Open source
  • 60
    Integration with lots of tools
  • 56
    Easy setup
  • 26
    Very active on github
  • 2
    Source maps
  • 2
  • 2
  • 1
  • 75
    Node style browser code
  • 52
    Load modules installed by npm
  • 45
    Works great with gulp.js
  • 38
    NPM modules in the brower
  • 34
    Open source
  • 16
    Node streams
  • 1
    Easy setup

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What are some alternatives to Babel and Browserify?
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.
TypeScript is a language for application-scale JavaScript development. It's a typed superset of JavaScript that compiles to plain JavaScript.
It adds syntactic sugar inspired by Ruby, Python and Haskell in an effort to enhance JavaScript's brevity and readability. Specific additional features include list comprehension and de-structuring assignment.
A pluggable and configurable linter tool for identifying and reporting on patterns in JavaScript. Maintain your code quality with ease.
It is a module bundler for JavaScript which compiles small pieces of code into something larger and more complex, such as a library or application. It uses the new standardized format for code modules included in the ES6 revision of JavaScript, instead of previous idiosyncratic solutions such as CommonJS and AMD.
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