Snowpack VS Rollup

Compare Snowpack vs Rollup and see what are their differences.

Snowpack

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

Rollup

Next-generation ES module bundler (by rollup)
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Snowpack Rollup
69 68
19,787 24,532
- 0.9%
8.4 9.4
almost 2 years ago 5 days ago
JavaScript JavaScript
MIT License GNU General Public License v3.0 or later
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Snowpack

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 | dev.to | 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 | dev.to | 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 | /r/reactjs | 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 | dev.to | 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 | /r/react | 11 Dec 2021
  • React 101: The Basics
    12 projects | dev.to | 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 | dev.to | 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 | news.ycombinator.com | 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 (https://www.snowpack.dev/): 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 | dev.to | 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 | news.ycombinator.com | 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 (https://www.snowpack.dev/) 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.)

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 2024-02-25.
  • Build a Vite 5 backend integration with Flask
    11 projects | dev.to | 25 Feb 2024
    Unlike Webpack, the Vite DevServer only compiles files when they are requested. It leverages ES module imports, which allow JS files to import other files without needing to bundle them together during development. When one file changes, only that file needs to be re-compiled, and the rest can remain unchanged. Project files are compiled with Rollup.js. Third-party dependencies in node_modules are pre-compiled using the ultra-fast esbuild bundler for maximum speed, and they are cached until the dependency version changes. Vite also provides a client script for hot module reloading.
  • 11 Ways to Optimize Your Website
    12 projects | dev.to | 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 | dev.to | 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.
  • My opinionated JavaScript package template repository - zero config, start immediately
    8 projects | dev.to | 8 Aug 2023
    📦 Rollup for bundling
  • How To Secure Your JavaScript Applications
    11 projects | dev.to | 14 Jun 2023
    Bundling: Webpack, Parcel, Rollup
  • 5 Different Tools to Bundle Node.js Apps
    8 projects | dev.to | 13 Jun 2023
    Rollup is another popular JavaScript module bundler focusing on high performance. It excels at tree-shaking and uses ES module syntax to generate more performant bundles than traditional module bundlers. In addition to JavaScript, Rollup supports bundling CSS and JSON as well. Rollup has more than 12 million weekly NPM downloads.
  • How to build and publish React TypeScript NPM packages with Vite
    4 projects | dev.to | 4 Jun 2023
    Vite (read as vit) is actually a combination of two great frontend tools - an immensely fast development server and a build command for shipping heavily optimized static assets using Rollup. Many developers have encountered the process of setting up a project using Create React App. While CRA can be useful for beginners due to its simplicity and abstraction of configuration, it has some drawbacks that outweigh its benefits, particularly its tendency to be bloated. Don't get me wrong, Vite is opinionated as well, but it's highly extensible through its Plugin API.
  • Building a modern gRPC-powered microservice using Node.js, Typescript, and Connect
    15 projects | dev.to | 20 Apr 2023
    As we iterate on the definition, we are going to want a better developer experience for rebuilding the package on changes. Typically, for a “library” or “utility” style package, I’d reach for either unbuild’s stub concept or use esbuild/tsup/rollup to implement a more traditional watch/rebuild, but in this case, I’m watching a proto file that lives outsides of the source, which breaks assumptions of those tools.
  • Buildless workflow through import maps (featuring Lit, Shoelace and more)
    2 projects | dev.to | 12 Apr 2023
    As we can see, we have two external dependencies and one internal tool. In the modern way of packaging our application, we would be of course required to package this project using some bundler like ESBuild or Rollup. But with import maps, we can instead utilize CDN's to deliver our packages and completely eliminate the bundling step.
  • How are you building React applications? It's time to move on from Create React App
    13 projects | dev.to | 12 Apr 2023
    Vite has a great plugin ecosystem because it leverages the same plugin interface as Rollup, meaning most Rollup plugins are also compatible with Vite. The Vite guide offers more reasons for why you might want to check out Vite.

What are some alternatives?

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

esbuild - An extremely fast bundler for the web

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

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

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.

gulp - A toolkit to automate & enhance your workflow

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

Microbundle - 📦 Zero-configuration bundler for tiny modules.