Browserify vs RequireJS

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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.

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Pros of RequireJS
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    Node style browser code
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    Load modules installed by npm
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    Works great with gulp.js
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    NPM modules in the brower
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    Open source
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    Node streams
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    Easy setup
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    Open source
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    Modular script loader
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    Asynchronous
  • 49
    Great for AMD
  • 30
    Fast
  • 14
    Free

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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.
rollup
It is a module bundler for JavaScript which compiles small pieces of code into something larger and more complex, such as a library or application. It uses the new standardized format for code modules included in the ES6 revision of JavaScript, instead of previous idiosyncratic solutions such as CommonJS and AMD.
Parcel
Parcel is a web application bundler, differentiated by its developer experience. It offers blazing fast performance utilizing multicore processing, and requires zero configuration.
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