npm vs. Bower

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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.

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

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


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

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


How much does npm cost?
How much does Bower cost?


What companies use npm?
2999 companies on StackShare use npm
What companies use Bower?
1051 companies on StackShare use Bower


What tools integrate with npm?
22 tools on StackShare integrate with npm
What tools integrate with Bower?
6 tools on StackShare integrate with Bower

What are some alternatives to npm and Bower?

  • Yarn - A new package manager for JavaScript
  • RequireJS - JavaScript file and module loader
  • Browserify - Browser-side require() the node.js way
  • Component - Client package management for building better web applications

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