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What is Backpack?

Backpack is minimalistic build system for Node.js. Inspired by Facebook's create-react-app, Zeit's Next.js, and Remy's Nodemon, Backpack lets you create modern Node.js apps and services with zero configuration. Backpack handles all the file-watching, live-reloading, transpiling, and bundling, so you don't have to.
Backpack is a tool in the JS Build Tools / JS Task Runners category of a tech stack.
Backpack is an open source tool with GitHub stars and GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Backpack's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses Backpack?

6 companies reportedly use Backpack in their tech stacks, including Skyscanner, STYZ, and webfactory.

8 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Backpack.

Backpack Integrations

JavaScript, Node.js, ES6, Webpack, and StealJS are some of the popular tools that integrate with Backpack. Here's a list of all 5 tools that integrate with Backpack.
Pros of Backpack
Great docs
Easy setup

Backpack Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Backpack?
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.
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.
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.
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.
It is an opinionated web dev build tool that serves your code via native ES Module imports during dev and bundles it with Rollup for production.
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