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Bower vs Browserify: What are the differences?

Bower: A package manager for the web. 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; Browserify: Browser-side require() the node.js way. Browserify lets you require('modules') in the browser by bundling up all of your dependencies.

Bower and Browserify can be categorized as "Front End Package Manager" tools.

"Package management" is the top reason why over 482 developers like Bower, while over 73 developers mention "Node style browser code" as the leading cause for choosing Browserify.

Bower and Browserify are both open source tools. Bower with 15.2K GitHub stars and 1.97K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Browserify with 12.8K GitHub stars and 1.12K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Bower has a broader approval, being mentioned in 803 company stacks & 395 developers stacks; compared to Browserify, which is listed in 111 company stacks and 42 developer stacks.

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.

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 Bower and Browserify?
    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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    How developers use Bower and Browserify
    Avatar of Gustavo Leon
    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 Fred Steffen
    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.

    Avatar of Promethean TV
    Promethean TV uses BowerBower

    PrometheanTV utilizes Bower in the Broadcast Center Tool to manage 3rd party front end dependencies including things like Angular, Bootstrap, etc.

    Avatar of Andrew Faulkner
    Andrew Faulkner uses BowerBower

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

    Avatar of opening.io
    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.

    Avatar of Kamarool Karim
    Kamarool Karim uses BowerBower

    It easily for me to have this kind of technology. She allow me to manage my front-end package

    Avatar of Casey Smith
    Casey Smith uses BowerBower

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

    Avatar of Reactor Digital
    Reactor Digital uses BowerBower

    To provide any vendor modules used within the frontend build, mainly AngularJS libraries.

    Avatar of CodeBee
    CodeBee uses BrowserifyBrowserify

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

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