npm vs. Bower vs. Component

  • 1.03K
  • 7.29K
  • 25.9K
  • 139
  • 520
  • 3.14K
  • 12
  • -
  • 0

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 Component?

Component's philosophy is the UNIX philosophy of the web - to create a platform for small, reusable components that consist of JS, CSS, HTML, images, fonts, etc. With its well-defined specs, using Component means not worrying about most frontend problems such as package management, publishing components to a registry, or creating a custom build process for every single app.
Why do developers choose npm?
Why do you like npm?

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

Why do developers choose Component?
Why do you like Component?

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 Component?
No Cons submitted yet for Component
Downsides of Component?

Want advice about which of these to choose?Ask the StackShare community!

How much does npm cost?
How much does Bower cost?
How much does Component cost?
What companies use npm?
3291 companies on StackShare use npm
What companies use Bower?
1060 companies on StackShare use Bower
What companies use Component?
26 companies on StackShare use Component
What tools integrate with npm?
24 tools on StackShare integrate with npm
What tools integrate with Bower?
6 tools on StackShare integrate with Bower
No integrations listed yet

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

  • Yarn - A new package manager for JavaScript
  • RequireJS - JavaScript file and module loader
  • Browserify - Browser-side require() the node.js way
  • Duo - A next-generation package manager for the front end

See all alternatives to npm

npm On-Call
npm On-Call
Why we created npm Enterprise


Interest Over Time