gulp VS Rollup

Compare gulp vs Rollup and see what are their differences.


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


Next-generation ES module bundler (by rollup)
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gulp Rollup
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32,548 21,749
0.1% 0.9%
0.0 9.4
3 months ago 6 days ago
JavaScript JavaScript
MIT License GNU General Public License v3.0 or later
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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 2022-05-20.
  • v
    7 projects | | 20 May 2022
  • console.log to stdout on gulp events
    1 project | | 14 Apr 2022
    I want to log to stdout (the config environment) when a gulp task is running or has run.
  • 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.
  • Is there any tools that loop through all (html, css, js) files in a folder and minify them?
    2 projects | | 22 Mar 2022
  • After installation of Gulp: “no command 'gulp' found”
    1 project | | 16 Mar 2022
    After installing gulp.js via npm, I receive a no command 'gulp' found error when running the gulp command from the same directory it was installed into.
  • Separate CSS sheets for each page?
    2 projects | | 8 Feb 2022
    Support this, highly recommend learning SASS once you master that checkout Gulp, then use them together,
  • Password Protect Static Sites with PageCrypt
    9 projects | | 2 Feb 2022
    One potential concern with PageCrypt is that it only encrypts an HTML file by default. If you want to encrypt your CSS and JavaScript files, you’ll have to inline them in the HTML file. The same applies to images and any other binary assets; you’ll have to inline them as Data URIs. As with any authentication and authorization solution, you’ll want to determine what’s acceptable for your security requirements. Maybe you’re comfortable with the risk of images leaking but have higher security requirements for your JavaScript. In that case, the HTML page can link to the image files but should contain all your JavaScript. You can use many static site build tools to automate inlining assets in HTML. Webpack, Gulp, or Grunt are just a few that might be useful.
  • State of the Web: Bundlers & Build Tools
    17 projects | | 23 Jan 2022
    While Browserify was great at bundling scripts together, it was not quite as good at transforming code. Let's say you wanted to compile your CoffeeScript code to JavaScript. You can do this with plain Browserify. However, it is unwieldy and relatively inflexible. To fix this, a new group of tools for the web where born, which focused on running code transforms. These are usually called task runners, and the most popular ones are Grunt and Gulp. Grunt was the first task manager, first released in January of 2012. It allowed for more flexible code transforms when using bundlers like Browserify or without a bundler. However, there were still problems with Grunt, which were solved by Gulp. Gulp is faster, as it uses Node streams instead of temporary files and runs tasks in parallel, as well as allowing for people to use a script instead of a JSON configuration file. This was still not perfect, though, because it was annoying to use two separate tools. This was fixed by Webpack
  • Daily thread
    6 projects | | 27 Dec 2021
    Gulp - the streaming build system


Posts with mentions or reviews of Rollup. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-06-22.
  • React Native - How to approach design collaboration with Figma
    6 projects | | 22 Jun 2022
    On the plus side, you'll get the added bonus later to automatically convert these fixture to constants in one step, through Rollup setup - but that will be a story for another time.
  • How rollup's latest release affected our angular library build
    1 project | | 22 Jun 2022
    When rollup released its version 2.75.3 our angular library's build was suddenly started breaking. It throws following error. Cannot read properties of null (reading 'render') Visit this link to see more details
  • JavaScript Module Ecosystem
    3 projects | | 6 Apr 2022
    If you've done web development for any amount of time, there's a good chance you've had to work with tools like Webpack, Rollup, Browserify and other front-end tooling systems. But do you know why we started using them in the first place, and why they are still part of our everyday workflow?
  • The React CLI you always wanted but didn’t know about
    11 projects | | 30 Mar 2022
    One of the advantages of using Nx over - say CRA or a custom starter template - is that your Nx workspace is evergreen. What do I mean by that: by now we all know how fast the frontend space is moving, and so are the corresponding devtools. Today you might be using Rollup to build your libraries, tomorrow you use swc, vite or esbuild. Same with Webpack. Webpack 5 has been around for a while already, and still, a lot of projects are stuck at v4.
  • Tree shaking create-react-app?
    4 projects | | 24 Mar 2022
    How can I use tree shaking tools (like in Webpack 2 or rollup?I don't want to eject already so seems like I don't really have access to the Webpack configuration.
  • Creating a TypeScript React Application with Vite
    5 projects | | 15 Mar 2022
    Vite addresses this problem by providing a development server and a lightning-fast build command. Vite, pronounced /vit/, is French for "quick," and this name describes the goal for this tool. The build command uses Rollup under the hood, which is preconfigured to create highly optimized code. The development server makes use of browser support for ES modules. Hot Module Replacement will instantly load any codebase changes into the browser.
  • Svelte Native vs. React Native: A comparison guide
    7 projects | | 16 Feb 2022
    Svelte Native is based on Svelte, and it allows Svelte developers to build native Android and iOS applications. It was initially released in November 2021 by Rich Harris, the Creator of Rollup, the popular JavaScript module bundler.
  • State of the Web: Bundlers & Build Tools
    17 projects | | 23 Jan 2022
    Nowadays, almost every web developer uses one bundler or another. Webpack is by far the most popular, with Rollup and Vite in second and third, respectively. Currently, Vite is the fastest-growing major bundler, which has been adopted by frameworks like Vitepress, SvelteKit, Astro, and more.
  • What is flat bundling and why is Rollup better at this than Webpack?
    2 projects | | 22 Jan 2022
    I have recently been looking into rollup and seeing how it differs from Webpack and other bundlers. One thing I came across was that it is better for libraries because of "flat bundling". This is based on a tweet and from a recent PR for React to utilize Rollup.
  • Configuring CommonJS & ES Modules for Node.js
    6 projects | | 3 Jan 2022
    This also means that whatever build tooling must produce the distribution file with a .cjs file extension. This might necessitate chaining multiple build tools or adding a subsequent step to move/rename the file to have the .cjs file extension (ex mv ./dist/index.js ./dist/index.cjs)3. This can be worked around by adding a subsequent step to move/rename those outputted files (ex Rollup or a simple shell script).

What are some alternatives?

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

esbuild - An extremely fast JavaScript and CSS bundler and minifier

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

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.

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

tsup - The simplest and fastest way to bundle your TypeScript libraries.

parcel - The zero configuration build tool for the web. 📦🚀

Microbundle - 📦 Zero-configuration bundler for tiny modules.

browserify - browser-side require() the node.js way

Speed Measure Plugin - ⏱ See how fast (or not) your plugins and loaders are, so you can optimise your builds