Library for checking version before bower install


bower is slow, but if we use the dependencies with exact version, we can skip the git clone network traffic by checking versions before running bower install. This is what bower-checker does.

How to use

Before using this library, you need to make sure all your bower components decleared in bower.json or component.json needs to use exactly specified version string, like:

  "dependencies": {
    "bootstrap": "2.3.1",
    "html5shiv": "3.6.2",
    "jquery": "1.9.1"
  "devDependencies": {
    "requirejs": "2.1.5",
    "almond": "0.2.1"

range options in semver like ~2.1.1, >1.0.0 is not supported by this library.

Now if your bower.json is good, then just add bower-checker in your package's dependencis:

    "devDependencies": {
      "bower-checker": "0.0.1",

then just call the install function to install you project's bower components:

var checker = require('bower-checker');
checker.install(function() {

It will only install the libraries which have a miss matched version than declared in bower.json, which means it won't fetch the git repository util you change the library version.

If you want to use this library in your grunt task, it is easy, just add this in your Gruntfile.js:

    grunt.registerTask('bower', 'install external libraries by using bower', function() {
        var done = this.async();