gulp VS parcel

Compare gulp vs parcel and see what are their differences.


A toolkit to automate & enhance your workflow (by gulpjs)


The zero configuration build tool for the web. 📦🚀 (by parcel-bundler)
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gulp parcel
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32,838 42,828
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1.8 9.2
3 months ago 1 day ago
JavaScript JavaScript
MIT License MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of gulp. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-05-11.
  • dd
    6 projects | /r/u_vjvpundjke | 11 May 2023
    Gulp - the streaming build system
  • JavaScript Module Bundlers and all that Jazz ✨
    6 projects | | 26 Mar 2023
    Browserify was great at bundling scripts, but what if we need to transform code - Say compile CoffeeScript to JavaScript, for this, a new group of tools for the web was born, which focussed on running code transforms. These are usually called task runners, and the most popular ones are Grunt and Gulp.
  • The Emperor's New Library
    5 projects | | 13 Feb 2023
    What we see, a decade ago, are that many of the "popular" libraries, frameworks, and methods, not surprisingly, have gone by the wayside, a lot that have remained in current code as difficult-to-removemodernize legacy cruft (Bower, Gulp, Grunt, Backbone, Angular 1, ...), and then we have the small minority that are still here. Some that remain have had their utility lessened/questioned by platform and language improvements (jQuery, lodash, ...), but very, very few exist that are the same now as they were then. Another fun historical reference: issue #118 of "JavaScript Weekly" (February 22, 2013) includes a first link out to asm.js.
  • Top 15 Must Have Tools For JavaScript Developers
    9 projects | | 9 Nov 2022
    GULP: Gulp is basically a task automation tool. The file that you create in this tool, is a plain JavaScript file that you can run to automate you menial tasks. It comes under the category of package manager. Gulp is very developer friendly and easy to learn. For more info:
  • 100DaysOfCode: Day 04, UI Design with Knott JS + Weavv CSS
    5 projects | | 8 Sep 2022
  • 100DaysOfCode: Artwork Profile UI Design with Weavv
    5 projects | | 22 Aug 2022
  • 100DaysOfCode: Card UI Design with WEAVV
    5 projects | | 21 Aug 2022
  • v
    7 projects | /r/test_lab | 20 May 2022
  • Supercharge your CSS with Tailwind
    5 projects | | 4 Apr 2022
    With the pre-processors, you can shrink your CSS and increase reuse through variables. In almost all working cases, it will be an improvement above vanilla CSS. There are also implementations now, via PostCSS, that add vendor prefixes for you. The major drawback is, of course, that you have to compile your CSS beforehand; usually done via part of your tooling such as Grunt or Gulp.
  • How to replace webpack & babel with Vite on a legacy React Typescript project
    11 projects | | 25 Mar 2022
    As far as build tools go I remember how popular Grunt was when it was first released, then it was Gulp, and Babel came along to help you add new us features and get them working on older browsers.


Posts with mentions or reviews of parcel. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-11-12.
  • 11 Ways to Optimize Your Website
    12 projects | | 12 Nov 2023
    Besides Webpack, there are many other popular web bundlers available, such as Parcel, Esbuild, Rollup, and more. They all have their own unique features and strengths, and you should make your decision based on the needs and requirements of your specific project. Please refer to their official websites for details.
  • Bun vs Node.js: Everything you need to know
    7 projects | | 21 Sep 2023
    In the Node.js ecosystem, bundling is typically handled by third-party tools rather than Node.js itself. Some of the most popular bundlers in the Node.js world include Webpack, Rollup, and Parcel, offering features like code splitting, tree shaking, and hot module replacement.
  • JavaScript Gom Jabbar
    12 projects | | 2 Jul 2023
    There are projects attempting to do more things. I've really enjoyed Parcel ( But it won't handle things like linting or unit testing, which you may or may not want. Vite is also pretty popular (, and it has a test runner.

    Thing is, most of the problems described in the post aren't related to low-JS front-end libraries like HTMX or alpine. You can write React without a linter, bundler, build tool, unit testing, or linting. But with any of these projects at scale, you start wanting more:

    - If you want to write unit tests in JS, you need to choose a test runner (probably Jest or Vitest -- until the built-in node testing module becomes more common).

    - If you want linting, you need a linter (probably Eslint). If you want type safety, you need a type checker (probably Typescript).

    - If you want to create smaller JS files to ship to production and to automatically handle assets, you need a bundler.

    - If you want to use new language features while supporting old browsers, you need polyfills.

    - If you want to use all these things together, you need something to bring it together (like Webpack).

    So it really depends what you need! You may not need any. But as you can imagine, in many professional projects with multiple developers it's very nice to have unit tests, linting, and type checking :) (And you start caring about end-user performance a lot more, in which case optimizing the shipped bundle is important.)

    Take all that, and then compare to a language like Rust, which has most of the "ecosystem stuff" built-in. In Rust, you get the test runner, the linter, dependency manager, type checker, and documentation tool all included. Easy! Thankfully, Rust doesn't have to care about whether users support modern language features (because it compiles down to lower code ahead of time), or whether the binary shipped to the client is optimally organized for downloading immediately over the internet.

    It's a problem in JS because A) you have to care about more problems than many other languages since JS needs to load instantly over the wire in a web browser, and B) there is a huge amount of choice and not a lot of standardization in web tools. (And what standardization there is (Node, npm), there are still competitors trying to even further reduce the pain points.)

    I think that in ten more years, we'll be in a better place, because there is push back (like this post!) against these problems, which will encourage more tools trying to solve the explosion of tools. Which seems counterintuitive, but these tools were created to solve very real problems. So I see it as a pendulum which has swung too far, but will likely swing back to a more balanced place. And you see that with tools like Vite gaining popularity.

  • How To Secure Your JavaScript Applications
    11 projects | | 14 Jun 2023
    Bundling: Webpack, Parcel, Rollup
  • 5 Different Tools to Bundle Node.js Apps
    8 projects | | 13 Jun 2023
    Parcel is another popular bundler you can use to bundle Node.js applications. Unlike Webpack, you do not need to write additional configurations with Parcel since it is a zero-configuration bundler. It is capable of automatically detecting and bundling project dependencies.
  • [AskJS] Seeking a Shortcut or Program to Toggle 'Active State' Between Two Monitors on a Mac Mini
    3 projects | /r/javascript | 23 May 2023
  • It looks like create-react-app is dead. What should I use instead?
    2 projects | /r/reactjs | 24 Apr 2023
    I love
    2 projects | /r/reactjs | 24 Apr 2023
    I've started to use parcel for all my projects:
  • Live preview of vanilla CSS as I change it?
    2 projects | | 19 Apr 2023
    The simplest solution might be to use parcel

    > The zero configuration build tool for the web.

  • How are you building React applications? It's time to move on from Create React App
    13 projects | | 12 Apr 2023
    What about rolling your own? Most people that have only ever used CRA, Next.js, or similar tools will think that seems like a lot of work. In the past, it usually did require quite a bit of knowledge about webpack, so you aren't wrong. But tooling has come a long way, and tools like Parcel, NX, and Razzle have simplified the process. Even more recently, Vite has gained an ever-increasing market share.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing gulp and parcel you can also consider the following projects:

vite - Next generation frontend tooling. It's fast!

esbuild - An extremely fast bundler for the web

Next.js - The React Framework

webpack - A bundler for javascript and friends. Packs many modules into a few bundled assets. Code Splitting allows for loading parts of the application on demand. Through "loaders", modules can be CommonJs, AMD, ES6 modules, CSS, Images, JSON, Coffeescript, LESS, ... and your custom stuff.

Rollup - Next-generation ES module bundler

Snowpack - ESM-powered frontend build tool. Instant, lightweight, unbundled development. ✌️ [Moved to:]

tsdx - Zero-config CLI for TypeScript package development

create-react-app - Set up a modern web app by running one command.

FuseBox - A blazing fast js bundler/loader with a comprehensive API :fire: