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Created: 2021-08-27 | Last update: 2022-04-09

Npm Command-line Utility

npm is two things: first and foremost, it is an online repository for the publishing of open-source Node.js projects; second, it is a command-line utility for interacting with said repository that aids in package installation, version management, and dependency management. A plethora of Node.js libraries and applications are published on npm, and many more are added every day.

Updating Node & npm to Latest Stable Version

npm:

npm install -g npm

node:

npm cache clean -f
npm install -g n
n stable

Updating Local Project Packages

Navigate to the root directory of your project and ensure it contains a package.json In your project root directory, run:

npm update

To test the update, run the outdated command. There should not be any output.

npm outdated

Updating Globally-Installed Packages

To see which global packages need to be updated, on the command line, run:

npm outdated -g --depth=0

To update a single global package, on the command line, run:

npm update -g <package_name>

To update all global packages, on the command line, run:

npm update -g

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