Where does npm install the packages?
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How to find out where npm installs the packages
Read the npm guide if you are starting out with npm, it’s going to go in a lot of the basic details of it.
When you install a package using
npm (or yarn), you can perform 2 types of installation:
- a local install
- a global install
By default, when you type an
npm install command, like:
npm install lodash
the package is installed in the current file tree, under the
As this happens,
npm also adds the
lodash entry in the
dependencies property of the
package.json file present in the current folder.
A global installation is performed using the
npm install -g lodash
When this happens, npm won’t install the package under the local folder, but instead, it will use a global location.
npm root -g command will tell you where that exact location is on your machine.
On macOS or Linux this location could be
On Windows it could be
If you use
nvm to manage Node.js versions, however, that location would differ.
I for example use
nvm and my packages location was shown as