gulp VS Snowpack

Compare gulp vs Snowpack and see what are their differences.


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gulp Snowpack
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32,548 19,787
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0.0 8.4
3 months ago 2 months 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 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 Snowpack. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-03-25.
  • How to replace webpack & babel with Vite on a legacy React Typescript project
    11 projects | | 25 Mar 2022
    Then there was Webpack which seemed like it would be around for a while. Even after things like Parcel and Snowpack came on the scene people still recommended Webpack. I mean, it's still the backbone of create-react-app. An then, Vite was released.
  • State of the Web: Bundlers & Build Tools
    17 projects | | 23 Jan 2022
    Unbundled development utilizes native ESM support in browsers to offer an ultra-fast development experience. Unlike a traditional bundler which bundles everything in development, unbundled development transforms the code and rewrites import paths to the ESM compliant file path without bundling your code. Additionally, most bundlers that do this pre-bundle dependencies because that decreases the number of imports needed, and dependencies are unlikely to change often. The two most prominent bundlers that utilize unbundled development are Vite and Snowpack. Snowpack, created in 2019, was the first bundler to have an unbundled development experience. However, while Snowpack was popular for some time, this did not last forever. In 2020, the team behind Vue created Vite. Vite has many advantages over Snowpack, like the ease of use, speed, better optimization, and more. Additionally, popular projects like SvelteKit adopted Vite instead of Snowpack. All of this helped Vite pass Snowpack in downloads, and it now has more than 10x downloads compared to Snowpack. In fact, even Astro, a project created by the team behind Snowpack (be on the lookout for an article about Astro), is now using Vite. Overall, if you want fast, unbundled development, I recommend Vite.
  • What are the new and exciting tech for React projects for 2022?
    16 projects | | 5 Jan 2022
    I've been hearing good things about snowpack and have been wanting to give it a go myself as an alternative to webpack/babel
  • Converting to Vite (Part 1)
    4 projects | | 5 Jan 2022
    So how did we get here? Well, it's a good thing to describe alternatives considered when you add issues to a repo! Months ago, @0vortex described in Issue #1131 some opportunities for dependency updates that would require version 5 of webpack with our webpack configuration, and warned that the dependency management would probably be tricky. I fixated on an alternative that he mentioned about converting the project to use Snowpack. I had wanted to learn more about bundling tools, so I took a few days here and there after Thanksgiving and got Open Sauced mostly working with it (see PR #1320).
  • npx create-react-app not working -- everything is deprecated
    5 projects | | 11 Dec 2021
  • React 101: The Basics
    12 projects | | 30 Nov 2021
    I have written a post about setting up a React project using Parcel as a bundler which can give a more detailed walkthrough about getting a React application up and running from scratch. There are multiple ways to do this but some of the more common build tools include Webpack, Parcel, and Snowpack.
  • SolidJS on Snowpack – Quick Dev Guide
    2 projects | | 17 Nov 2021
    For more information about this issue, check these issue tickets: Issue 2998, Issue 3219, Issue 3243
  • Etsy’s Journey to TypeScript
    6 projects | | 16 Nov 2021
    The number of transforms that Babel is doing with an "evergreen" config ("last 2 browser versions") at this point is effectively miniscule. It's a massive toolchain for what increasing turns out to be a minimal amount of actual work. "Last 2 Browser Versions" is effectively everything through ES2019 at this point which covers almost all of the "modern JS syntax". If you aren't using custom transforms you might not be transforming anything that matters in Babel in 2021. I've seen a bunch of projects with huge Babel pipelines where the only actual transform was Typescript's type removal and at that point, if your codebase is entirely Typescript, Typescript has all the downlevel transforms you need "baked in" (and arguably a little bit cleaner and simpler to Babel's kitchen sink but also still somehow millions of plugins approach) and it's just setting Typescript's compile option to the ES level you are most comfortable with. (In 2021 that may even be as high as { "target": "es2019" } or higher in your tsconfig.json and even there Typescript's not going to even need to downlevel much.) Typescript can also transform TSX/JSX to JS without the need of Babel, if you are using React.

    Even ES2015 modules which some people still think is the big reason to keep Babel around: a) has full Browser support if you use type="module", but most people still want to pack their JS because just about no one is assuming HTTP/2 or HTTP/3 yet, and b) Babel has never done module format transforms, that's always been the domain of your packer (webpack, parcel, rollup, snowpack, what have you).

    If you are updating your project stack in 2021 right now my personal top recommendation is that I really like the approach of snowpack ( ES2105 modules with dev experience (which is great), great Typescript support, and a simpler overall config experience than most other options right now. (It uses esbuild under the hood rather than babel for dev and basic transforms/bundling. It can optionally piggy back webpack and parcel for Production bundling that needs more "power".) Especially that <script type='module"> dev experience feels great now (with Hot Module Reloading too) versus waiting for a full bundle even for dev builds.

  • Build your own component library with Svelte
    10 projects | | 9 Nov 2021
    SvelteKit uses Vite under the hood, which is quite surprising, as Sapper and most tools are developed using Snowpack. Vite 2 is framework-agnostic and designed with SSR at its core.
  • Angular Is Rotten to the Core
    9 projects | | 4 Nov 2021
    I've had some success with npm, snowpack, mocha, typescript as that sort of stack for more "vanilla" efforts that feel rather more "modern". I think mocha is easier and cleaner than jest. I like keeping all of my transpilation to just Typescript without needing a massive Babel install/pipeline. snowpack ( right now I think is in a sweet spot of a better "ES Module native" developer experience than webpack and has better defaults when left unconfigured. (So much so that while there are snowpack templates/generators provided by the project I mostly don't use them other than for reference.)

What are some alternatives?

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

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

Rollup - Next-generation ES module bundler

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

esbuild - An extremely fast JavaScript and CSS bundler and minifier

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.

grunt - Grunt: The JavaScript Task Runner

awesome-vite - ⚡️ A curated list of awesome things related to Vite.js

astro - Build fast websites, faster. 🚀🧑‍🚀✨

swc - Rust-based platform for the Web