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  • npms - Superb package search with deep analysis of package quality using a myriad of metrics.
  • npmsearch - Fast package search with ranking based on metrics like stars, dependents, release frequency, etc.
  • node-modules - Personalized package search based on your GitHub social graph.
  • NodeICO - Package badges.
  • - Package discovery.
  • npm-stat - Statistics charts for packages.
  • npmgraph - Visualization of dependencies.
  • npm trends - Compare package download counts over time.
  • npm-compare - Easily search and compare packages.
  • npm-top - npm users by downloads.
  • npm semver calculator - Visually explore what versions of a package a semver range matches.
  • npm-stats - Displays metrics about packages.
  • - Automates dependency updates through pull requests.
  • - Redirects to the GitHub repo of an npm package.
  • npm addict - Your daily injection of npm packages.
  • npm discover - Discover what packages are commonly used together.
  • snyk - Find, fix and monitor for known vulnerabilities in npm dependencies.

Browser extensions

  • Octo-Linker - Chrome extension to navigate across npm packages on GitHub with ease.
  • npm-hub - Chrome extension to explore npm dependencies on GitHub repos.




  • np - A better npm publish.
  • publish-please - Publish packages safely and gracefully.
  • npm-release - Making releasing to npm so easy a kitten could probably do it™.
  • pkgfiles - List all files which would be published in a package.
  • semantic-release - Fully automated package publishing.


  • npm-name - Check whether a package name is available on npm.
  • package-json - Get the package.json of a package from the npm registry.
  • latest-version - Get the latest version of an npm package.
  • npm-keyword - Get a list of npm packages with a certain keyword.
  • npm-user - Get user info of an npm user.
  • npm-email - Get the email of an npm user.
  • npm-user-packages - Get packages by an npm user.
  • dpn - Get the dependents of a user’s npm packages.
  • npm-stats - Get data from an npm registry.
  • npm-cli-login - Log in to npm.
  • nrm - Registry manager.
  • npm-register - Easy to set up and maintain npm registry and proxy.
  • verdaccio - Lightweight private npm proxy registry.


  • npm-home - Open the npm page of a package.
  • gh-home - Open the GitHub page of a package.
  • david - Check if your package dependencies are out of date.
  • npm-check - Check for outdated, incorrect, and unused dependencies, as well as interactive update.
  • npm-upgrade - Update outdated npm dependencies interactively.
  • npm-shrinkwrap - A consistent shrinkwrap tool.
  • npm-windows-upgrade - Upgrade npm on Windows.
  • generator-nm - Scaffold out an npm package.
  • pkg-up - Find the closest package.json file.
  • read-pkg-up - Read the closest package.json file.
  • normalize-package-data - Normalize package metadata.
  • pkg-conf - Get namespaced config from the closest package.json.
  • npm-run-path - Run locally installed binaries in the terminal by name like with global ones.
  • local-npm - Use npm offline.
  • npe - CLI for inspecting and editing properties in package.json.
  • engine-deps - Manage Node.js version specific dependencies with ease.
  • enpeem-search - Search packages by scraping the npm web search.
  • npm-issues - Search known issues of all your packages at once.
  • john - Make npm3’s flat dependencies easier to find and sort.
  • ntl - Interactive CLI menu to list & run npm tasks.
  • decheck - Explore dependencies of npm packages in the command-line.
  • shrinkpack - Lock down your dependencies and install offline.
  • redrun - Expand scripts from package.json to improve execution speed.
  • package-size - Get the bundle size of an npm package.


  • yarn - Fast, reliable, and secure dependency management.
  • npm - The official client.
  • pnpm - Fast, disk space efficient npm installs.
  • ied - Faster npm.


Update to the latest npm version

$ npm install --global npm

Windows users, read more.

Command aliases

  • npm inpm install
  • npm i -Snpm install --save
  • npm i -Dnpm install --save-dev
  • npm tnpm test
  • npm itnpm install && npm test
  • npm rnpm uninstall

Shell aliases

Speed up your common npm tasks.

In your .zshrc/.bashrc:

alias ni='npm install'
alias nis='npm install --save'
alias nid='npm install --save-dev'
alias nig='npm install --global'
alias nt='npm test'
alias nit='npm install && npm test'
alias nk='npm link'
alias nr='npm run'
alias ns='npm start'
alias nf='npm cache clean && rm -rf node_modules && npm install'
alias nlg='npm list --global --depth=0'

Add to package.json when installing

You can have npm add packages to package.json when installing by specifying the --save/-S flag for dependencies and --save-dev/-D for devDependencies:

$ npm install --save chalk

Run scripts

You can easily run scripts using npm by adding them to the "scripts" field in package.json and run them with npm run <script-name>. Run npm run to see available scripts. Binaries of locally install packages are made available in the PATH), so you can run them by name. npm run foo will also run prefoo and postfoo if defined.

	"name": "awesome-package",
	"scripts": {
		"cat": "cat-names"
	"dependencies": {
		"cat-names": "^1.0.0"
$ npm run cat

All package.json properties are exposed as environment variables:

	"name": "awesome-package",
	"scripts": {
		"name": "echo $npm_package_name"
$ npm run name

Link local packages

Sometimes it can be useful to have a local version of a package as a dependency. You can use npm link to link one local package into another. Run npm link in the package you want to use. This creates a global reference. Then go into your original package and run npm link <package-name> to link in the other package.

$ cd rainbow
$ npm link
$ cd ../unicorn
$ npm link rainbow

You can now use rainbow as a dependency in the unicorn package.

Install a package from GitHub

npm supports using a shorthand for installing a package directly from a GitHub repo:

$ npm install sindresorhus/chalk

Let’s target a specific commit as master is a moving target:

$ npm install 'sindresorhus/chalk#51b8f32'

Specify either a commit SHA, branch, tag, or nothing.

Install a specific version of a package

$ npm install [email protected]

List top-level installed packages and their version

$ npm ls --depth=0

Command help

Get help docs for a command:

$ npm help <command>


$ npm help install

Standalone version of a package

Quickly get a standalone version of a package that is browserified and usable in the browser.<package-name>[@<version>]


Great for prototyping, but download the file or use Browserify yourself for production.







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