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Parcel vs Webpack: What are the differences?

Developers describe Parcel as "📦🚀 A fast, zero configuration web application bundler". Parcel is a web application bundler, differentiated by its developer experience. It offers blazing fast performance utilizing multicore processing, and requires zero configuration. On the other hand, Webpack is detailed as "A bundler for javascript and friends". 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.

Parcel and Webpack belong to "JS Build Tools / JS Task Runners" category of the tech stack.

Parcel and Webpack are both open source tools. It seems that Webpack with 49.8K GitHub stars and 6.27K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Parcel with 32.3K GitHub stars and 1.47K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Webpack has a broader approval, being mentioned in 2206 company stacks & 1338 developers stacks; compared to Parcel, which is listed in 10 company stacks and 9 developer stacks.

What is Parcel?

Parcel is a web application bundler, differentiated by its developer experience. It offers blazing fast performance utilizing multicore processing, and requires zero configuration.

What is 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.

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    What are some alternatives to Parcel and Webpack?
    gulp
    Build system automating tasks: minification and copying of all JavaScript files, static images. More capable of watching files to automatically rerun the task when a file changes.
    Grunt
    The less work you have to do when performing repetitive tasks like minification, compilation, unit testing, linting, etc, the easier your job becomes. After you've configured it, a task runner can do most of that mundane work for you—and your team—with basically zero effort.
    Brunch
    Brunch is an assembler for HTML5 applications. It's agnostic to frameworks, libraries, programming, stylesheet & templating languages and backend technology.
    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.
    Webpacker
    Webpacker makes it easy to use the JavaScript preprocessor and bundler Webpack to manage application-like JavaScript in Rails. It coexists with the asset pipeline, as the purpose is only to use Webpack for app-like JavaScript, not images, css, or even JavaScript Sprinkles (that all continues to live in app/assets).
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    Avatar of Volkan Özçelik
    Volkan Özçelik uses WebpackWebpack

    Webpack is the best bundler. Period.

    Yes, it has a(n arguably) messy documentation, and a steep learning curve; but once you get the hang of it, there is nothing you cannot do with it.

    Use it and you don’t have to use any other bundler at all.

    It has a vivid ecosystem, and great plugin support.

    Avatar of Alec Cunningham
    Alec Cunningham uses WebpackWebpack

    My preferred build tool; allows me to bundle my JSX, JS, CSS files for easy access and I can pass the bundle through my node server for server side rendering.

    Avatar of Kent Steiner
    Kent Steiner uses WebpackWebpack

    Flexible building and compiling of source for browser consumption, mainly for JS, but experimenting a little with CSS (although I prefer StylusJS for CSS).

    Avatar of Andrew Gatenby
    Andrew Gatenby uses WebpackWebpack

    We use this to optimise the delivery of the client-side for our revised Admin System, so it's able to be delivered to browsers as efficiently as possible.

    Avatar of Cameron Drake
    Cameron Drake uses WebpackWebpack

    Webpack compiles files to bundles with source maps. Using Webpack you can use the latest features (ES6) and have it compiled to compliant js.

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