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.
Bower is a tool in the Front End Package Manager category of a tech stack.
Bower is an open source tool with 15.1K GitHub stars and 2K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Bower's open source repository on GitHub
Who uses Bower?
1068 companies reportedly use Bower in their tech stacks, including Twitter, ViaVarejo, and Accenture.
3493 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Bower.
WebStorm, Yeoman, Bitrise, CodeKit, and WhiteSource are some of the popular tools that integrate with Bower. Here's a list of all 8 tools that integrate with Bower.
- Bower operates at a lower level than previous attempts at client-side package management – such as Jam, Volo, or Ender. These managers could consume Bower as a dependency.
- Bower's aim is simply to install packages, resolve dependencies from a bower.json, check versions, and then provide an API which reports on these things. Nothing more. This is a major diversion from past attempts at browser package management.
- Bower offers a generic, unopinionated solution to the problem of package management, while exposing an API that can be consumed by a more opinionated build stack.
Bower Alternatives & Comparisons
What are some alternatives to Bower?
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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.
A free and open-source package manager designed for the Microsoft development platform. It is also distributed as a Visual Studio extension.