parcel VS Rollup

Compare parcel vs Rollup and see what are their differences.

parcel

The zero configuration build tool for the web. 📦🚀 (by parcel-bundler)

Rollup

Next-generation ES module bundler (by rollup)
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parcel Rollup
109 31
40,883 21,749
0.6% 0.9%
9.5 9.4
4 days ago 5 days ago
JavaScript JavaScript
MIT License GNU General Public License v3.0 or later
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parcel

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 2022-06-09.

Rollup

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 | dev.to | 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 | dev.to | 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 | dev.to | 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 | dev.to | 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 | reddit.com/r/codehunter | 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 | dev.to | 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 | dev.to | 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 | dev.to | 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 | reddit.com/r/codehunter | 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 | dev.to | 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 parcel and Rollup you can also consider the following projects:

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

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.

Snowpack - ESM-powered frontend build tool. Instant, lightweight, unbundled development. ✌️ [Moved to: https://github.com/FredKSchott/snowpack]

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

gulp - A toolkit to automate & enhance your workflow

Next.js - The React Framework