For people who consistently deal with numerous node packages or have to switch between different npm configurations, I found these tools/tips extremely helpful that can boost productivity.
In case you have to manage different .npmrc files for different configs or registries, the npmrc package is a great tool for switching between various npm configuration environments.
Once you install the package through the command:
npm install -g npmrc
You can now switch between different .npmrc files by using:
2. Package Symlinks
For larger projects that depend on npm packages currently under development, you can easily symlink local packages to the parent project by using
npm link so that you can run the parent project with the newest changes. Package linking is done in the following two steps:
Creating a globally-installed symbolic link from prefix/package_name to the current folder
cd package_name npm link
Creating a symlink from the parent project's node_modules folder to the global symlink
cd parent_project npm link package_name
3. Nifty Options
npm install package_name@version
This helps you install the specific version you want.
npm show package_name
This gives you an overall info about the module, including versions, repositories, dependencies, etc.
npm view package_name field
This is when you need info about a specific field only from the large output that
npm showgives you.
npm list [package_name]
This shows what modules and their versions are currently installed. If you provide the package name, it will give you info about that module only. If you don't want all the dependencies to be shown, you can provide an optional
npm config ls
This shows an overview of your current npm configuration, including registries and users.