Bower

A package manager for the web

Web sites are made of lots of things — frameworks, libraries, assets, utilities, and rainbows. Bower manages all these things for you.

Bower works by fetching and installing packages from all over, taking care of hunting, finding, downloading, and saving the stuff you’re looking for. Bower keeps track of these packages in a manifest file, bower.json. How you use packages is up to you. Bower provides hooks to facilitate using packages in your tools and workflows.

Bower is optimized for the front-end. Bower uses a flat dependency tree, requiring only one version for each package, reducing page load to a minimum.

Install Bower

Bower is a command line utility. Install it with npm.

$ npm install -g bower

Bower requires Node and npm and Git.

Getting started

Install packages

Install packages with bower install. Bower installs packages to bower_components/.

$ bower install <package>

A package can be a GitHub shorthand, a Git endpoint, a URL, and more. Read more about bower install.

# registered package
$ bower install jquery
# GitHub shorthand
$ bower install desandro/masonry
# Git endpoint
$ bower install git://github.com/user/package.git
# URL
$ bower install http://example.com/script.js

Search packages

Search Bower packages and find the registered package names for your favorite projects.

Save packages

Save your packages to bower.json with bower init.

Use packages

How you use packages is up to you. Use Bower together with Grunt, RequireJS, Yeoman, and lots of other tools or build your own workflow with the API.

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