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AngularJS Comparison with Backbone, Knockout – Part 3

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AngularJS Comparison with Backbone, Knockout – Part 3

A simple table that compares AngularJS, Backbone.js, and Knockout.js by data binding, views, routing and much more in a simple table.

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I've written some articles on Angular topics before, but this the third and final comparison section.

You can also read this article on my blog here

Comparison with Backbone.js and Knockout.js





File Size

~142 KB total (compressed and minified

~ 7.3 KB total (gzip / minified)

~21 KB total (gzip / minified)

Version & Licence

V1.4.2 & MIT (Open source)

V1.2.1 & MIT (Open Source)

V3.3.0 & MIT (Open Source)


No Dependencies

Underscore.js and jQuery

No Dependencies

Data Binding

Full data binding and provides options for creating custom data bindings

No data binding support by default, but plugins can in bring that feature

Full data binding support and can bind many attributes.
Options for creating a custom data bindings


Supported, very simple

Supported, very simple

No support, but it's available through thrid party libraries



None by default but can be added with libraries like underscore.js and handlebars.js



Supports TDD

Only through thrid party libraries like Jasmine and Sinon.JS

Only through thrid party libraries like Jasmine and Sinon.JS


Supports jQuery but you can also use Angular's $http

Support jQuery's $.ajax

Supports jQuery's $.ajax and knockout mapping

Design Pattern

Supports MVC and MVVM design patterns

Supports the MVP design pattern

Supports the MVVM design pattern

Browser Support

IE 9, IE 10 and IE 11

Uses jQuery to support IE 6. Supports Chrome, Firefox, Safari 5.1+, and Opera

IE 6+, Firefox 3.5+, Chrome, Opera, and Safari

Third Party Integration

Not supported

Supports thrid party integrations

Supports thrid party integrations






Hope this helps you understand the feature differences between AngularJS, Backbone.js, and Knokout.js.

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