npm vs. Bower vs. Browserify

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What is 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.

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.
Why do developers choose npm?
Why do you like npm?

Why do developers choose Bower?
Why do you like Bower?

Why do developers choose Browserify?
Why do you like Browserify?

What are the cons of using npm?
Downsides of npm?

What are the cons of using Bower?
Downsides of Bower?

What are the cons of using Browserify?
No Cons submitted yet for Browserify
Downsides of Browserify?

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How much does npm cost?
How much does Bower cost?
How much does Browserify cost?
What companies use npm?
3218 companies on StackShare use npm
What companies use Bower?
1056 companies on StackShare use Bower
What companies use Browserify?
144 companies on StackShare use Browserify
What tools integrate with npm?
24 tools on StackShare integrate with npm
What tools integrate with Bower?
6 tools on StackShare integrate with Bower
What tools integrate with Browserify?
2 tools on StackShare integrate with Browserify

What are some alternatives to npm, Bower, and Browserify?

  • Yarn - A new package manager for JavaScript
  • RequireJS - JavaScript file and module loader
  • Component - Client package management for building better web applications
  • Duo - A next-generation package manager for the front end

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