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Browserify vs RequireJS: What are the differences?

Developers describe Browserify as "Browser-side require() the node.js way". Browserify lets you require('modules') in the browser by bundling up all of your dependencies. On the other hand, RequireJS is detailed as "JavaScript file and module loader". RequireJS loads plain JavaScript files as well as more defined modules. It is optimized for in-browser use, including in a Web Worker, but it can be used in other JavaScript environments, like Rhino and Node. It implements the Asynchronous Module API. Using a modular script loader like RequireJS will improve the speed and quality of your code.

Browserify and RequireJS can be primarily classified as "Front End Package Manager" tools.

"Node style browser code" is the primary reason why developers consider Browserify over the competitors, whereas "Open source" was stated as the key factor in picking RequireJS.

Browserify and RequireJS are both open source tools. Browserify with 12.7K GitHub stars and 1.12K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than RequireJS with 12.2K GitHub stars and 2.3K GitHub forks.

Bodybuilding.com, Etsy, and Movielala are some of the popular companies that use RequireJS, whereas Browserify is used by Clever, Repro, and UNION. RequireJS has a broader approval, being mentioned in 914 company stacks & 184 developers stacks; compared to Browserify, which is listed in 111 company stacks and 42 developer stacks.

What is Browserify?

Browserify lets you require('modules') in the browser by bundling up all of your dependencies.

What is RequireJS?

RequireJS loads plain JavaScript files as well as more defined modules. It is optimized for in-browser use, including in a Web Worker, but it can be used in other JavaScript environments, like Rhino and Node. It implements the Asynchronous Module API. Using a modular script loader like RequireJS will improve the speed and quality of your code.
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      What are some alternatives to Browserify and RequireJS?
      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.
      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.
      Babel
      Babel will turn your ES6+ code into ES5 friendly code, so you can start using it right now without waiting for browser support.
      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.
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      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.

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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.

      Avatar of Tarun Singh
      Tarun Singh uses RequireJSRequireJS

      Used Require.js to make the application modular. It provides better dependency management with asynchronous loading of scripts.

      Avatar of Kent Steiner
      Kent Steiner uses RequireJSRequireJS

      No real definitive reason, I find it to be the most natural way to import libraries and code in nodejs (prior to ES6 / import).

      Avatar of Promethean TV
      Promethean TV uses RequireJSRequireJS

      The RequireJS package manager is used by various web applications and services to manage dependencies on 3rd party libraries.

      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 Tim De Lange
      Tim De Lange uses RequireJSRequireJS

      Very nice way to structure a project, as long as you know it will not be a hybrid app.

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      Hevelop uses RequireJSRequireJS

      RequireJS is the main component until Magento 2.2.x for frontend development.

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      CodeBee uses BrowserifyBrowserify

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

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