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You can install an old version of an npm package using the
npm install <package>@<version>
npm install cowsay
installs version 1.3.1 (at the time of writing).
Install version 1.2.0 with:
npm install email@example.com
The same can be done with global packages:
npm install -g firstname.lastname@example.org
You might also be interested in listing all the previous version of a package. You can do it with
npm view <package> versions:
❯ npm view cowsay versions [ '1.0.0', '1.0.1', '1.0.2', '1.0.3', '1.1.0', '1.1.1', '1.1.2', '1.1.3', '1.1.4', '1.1.5', '1.1.6', '1.1.7', '1.1.8', '1.1.9', '1.2.0', '1.2.1', '1.3.0', '1.3.1' ]