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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.

What is Babel?

Babel will turn your ES6+ code into ES5 friendly code, so you can start using it right now without waiting for browser support.

What is Browserify?

Browserify lets you require('modules') in the browser by bundling up all of your dependencies.
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      What are some alternatives to Babel and Browserify?
      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.
      TypeScript
      TypeScript is a language for application-scale JavaScript development. It's a typed superset of JavaScript that compiles to plain JavaScript.
      CoffeeScript
      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.
      ESLint
      A pluggable and configurable linter tool for identifying and reporting on patterns in JavaScript. Maintain your code quality with ease.
      Modernizr
      It’s a collection of superfast tests or detects as we like to call them which run as your web page loads, then you can use the results to tailor the experience to the user. It tells you what HTML, CSS and JavaScript features the user’s browser has to offer.
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      Avatar of Cloudcraft
      Cloudcraft uses BabelBabel

      Babel is awesome! 100% of the code for Cloudcraft.co is transpiled from ES2015 (even some ES7 extensions, like decorators and class properties!), using Gulp+Browserify for the frontend and on-the-fly translation in the Node.js backend. Babel allows us to use all the features of future JS, today, giving us a efficient and clean codebase. Overall, it has been an exceptionally smooth adoption, everything Just Works(tm), including debugging with source maps, etc.

      Avatar of Volkan Özçelik
      Volkan Özçelik uses BabelBabel

      When you are using modern (or sometimes experimental) features of the language, you’ll eventually have to transpile them so that your app works in a wide spectrum of user agents.

      Babel is the transpilation tool of my choice.

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      Kent Steiner uses BabelBabel

      I use babel so I can confidently move forward using ES6 and other more modern Javascript concepts and libraries in development and still maintain compatibility with the current state of web browsers and other viewports.

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      Gustavo Leon uses BrowserifyBrowserify

      With Browserify we could create the inspector snippet used to connect the user's devices with the Dashboard. Using CommonJS modules we could organize large amounts of code alongside third-party JavaScript modules.

      Avatar of Mick Dekkers
      Mick Dekkers uses BabelBabel

      Babel transpiles ES6/ES2015+ code to a format older browsers (*cough* IE *cough*) can understand. This allows developers to write modern JS code while remaining compatible with older systems.

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      Marc3842h uses BabelBabel

      Babel is used in Kuro (https://github.com/Marc3842h/kuro).

      Kuro is the browser facing portion of shiro. We use Babel as a easy to use build system for our frontend stack.

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      Fred Steffen uses BrowserifyBrowserify

      It's the lesser of all of the other evils out there. Webpack makes you completely blind to how things are put together. I like gulp, this made it easy.

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      opening.io uses BrowserifyBrowserify

      Main React functionality pipeline broken into CommonJS modules: Reflux data stores, React components (cjsx - coffee/jsx).

      Avatar of Tim De Lange
      Tim De Lange uses BrowserifyBrowserify

      Made sharing node modules with the frontend real easy. Especially when developing hybrid apps.

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      CodeBee uses BrowserifyBrowserify

      We use Browserify to keep our JS organized by requiring modules.

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