6/8/2014 - 9:00 PM

NPM CheatSheet -->

  "name": "module-name",
  "version": "10.3.1",
  "description": "An example module to illustrate the usage of a package.json",
  "author": "Your Name <>",
  "contributors": [{
  "name": "Foo Bar",
  "email": ""
  "bin": {
  "module-name": "./bin/module-name"
  "script": {
    "test": "vows --spec --isolate",
    "start": "node index.js",
    "predeploy": "echo im about to deploy",
    "postdeploy": "echo ive deployed",
    "prepublish": "coffee --bare --compile --output lib/foo src/foo/*.coffee"
  "main": "lib/foo.js",
  "repository": {
  "type": "git",
  "url": ""
  "bugs": {
  "url": ""
  "keywords": [
  "dependencies": {
    "primus": "*",
    "async": "~0.8.0",
    "express": "4.2.x",
    "winston": "git://",
    "bigpipe": "bigpipe/pagelet",
    "plates": ""
  "devDependencies": {
    "vows": "^0.7.0",
    "assume": "<1.0.0 || >=2.3.1 <2.4.5 || >=2.5.2 <3.0.0",
    "pre-commit": "*"
  "preferGlobal": true,
  "private": true,
  "publishConfig": {
  "registry": ""
  "subdomain": "foobar",
  "analyze": true,
  "license": "MIT"
// 2. NPM API Documentation.
// Prior to using NPM's commands, `npm.load()` must be called.

npm.load(configs, callback);                        // load config settings

npm.commands.bin(args, callback);                   // display npm bin folder
npm.commands.bugs(package, callback);               // bugs for a package in a web browser maybe

npm.commands.cache([args], callback);                           // manage the npm cache programatically
npm.commands.cache.clean([args], callback);                     // helper
npm.commands.cache.add([args], callback);                       // helper, version, forceBypass, callback);  // helper

npm.commands[<command>](args, callback);            // npm commands

npm.commands.config(args, callback);                // manage the npm configuration files
npm.config.get(key);                                // get a config key
npm.config.set(key, value);                         // set a config key

npm.commands.deprecate(args, callback);             // deprecate a version of a package, callback);               // docs for a package in a web browser maybe
npm.commands.edit(package, callback);               // edit an installed package
npm.commands.explore(args, callback);               // browse an installed package
npm.commands.helpSearch(args, [silent,] callback);  // search the help pages
npm.commands.init(args, callback);                  // interactively create a package.json file
npm.commands.install([where,] packages, callback);  // install a package programatically[packages,] callback);            // symlink a package folder, [silent,] callback);          // list installed packages
npm.commands.outdated([packages,] callback);        // check for outdated packages
npm.commands.owner(args, callback);                 // manage package owners
npm.commands.pack([packages,] callback);            // create a tarball from a package
npm.commands.prefix(args, callback);                // display prefix
npm.commands.prune([packages,] callback);           // remove extraneous packages
npm.commands.publish([packages,] callback);         // publish a package
npm.commands.rebuild([packages,] callback);         // rebuild a package
npm.commands.repo(package, callback);               // open package repository page in the browser
npm.commands.restart(packages, callback);           // start a package
npm.commands.root(args, callback);                  // display npm root, callback);            // run arbitrary package scripts, [silent,] [staleness,] callback);  // search for packages

npm.commands.shrinkwrap(args, [silent,] callback);  // programmatically generate package shrinkwrap file
npm.commands.start(packages, callback);             // start a package
npm.commands.stop(packages, callback);              // stop a package
npm.commands.submodule(packages, callback);         // add a package as a git submodule
npm.commands.tag(package@version, tag, callback);   // tag a published version
npm.commands.test(packages, callback);              // test a package
npm.commands.uninstall(packages, callback);         // uninstall a package programmatically
npm.commands.unpublish(package, callback);          // remove a package from the registry
npm.commands.update(packages, callback);            // update a package
npm.commands.version(newversion, callback);         // bump a package version
npm.commands.view(args, [silent,] callback);        // view registry info
npm.commands.whoami(args, callback);                // display npm username
# NPM CheatSheet.
# Super easy intall: npm comes with node now.
# To create your own npm package:
# More:

# 1. NPM Command Lines.
# Local mode is the default.
# Use --global or -g on any command to operate in global mode instead.

# As of version 0.3, it is recommended to run npm as root.
# This allows npm to change the user identifier to the `nobody` user
# prior to running any package build or test commands.

npm <cmd> -h                                            # quick help on <cmd>
npm -l                                                  # display full usage info
npm adduser                                             # add a registry user account
npm bin                                                 # display npm bin folder
npm bugs <pkgname>                                      # bugs for a package in a web browser maybe
npm build <package-folder>                              # build a package (should not be called directly)
npm cache [add|ls|clean] <tarball|folder>               # manipulates packages cache
npm config [set|get|delete|list|edit] <key> <value>     # manage the npm configuration files
npm dedupe [package names...]  --tag                    # reduce duplication
npm decrecate <name>[@<version>] <message>              # deprecate a version of a package (must be the package owner)
npm docs [<pkg-name> [<pkg-name> ...]]                  # docs for a package in a web browser maybe
npm edit <name>[@<version>]                             # edit an installed package (default EDITOR set to "vi")
npm explore <name>[@<version>] [ -- <cmd>]              # browse an installed package
npm faq                                                 # commonly asked questions
npm help-search <some search terms>                     # search npm help documentation (rarely necessary to call directly)
npm help <topic> <some search terms>                    # get help on npm
npm init                                                # interactively create a package.json file
npm install <folder|name@<tag|version>|tarball>         # install a package (optional flags: --save, --save-dev, --save-optional, --save-exact)
npm link <pkgname>                                      # symlink a package folder
npm ls <pkg>                                            # list installed packages (as well as their dependencies)
npm outdated [<name> [<name> ...]]                      # check for outdated packages
npm owner [ls|add|rm] <pkg-name> <user>                 # manage package owners
npm pack [<pkg> [<pkg> ...]]                            # create a tarball from a package
npm prefix                                              # display prefix
npm prune [<name> [<name ...]] --production             # remove extraneous packages
npm publish <tarball|folder> [--tag <tag>]              # publish a package
npm rebuild [<name > [<name> ...]]                      # rebuild a package
npm repo <pkgname>                                      # open package repository in the browser
npm restart <name>                                      # start a package
npm rm <name>                                           # remove a package
npm root                                                # display npm root
npm run [<pkg>] [command]                               # run arbitrary package scripts
npm search [search terms ...] [--long]                  # search for packages
npm shrinkwrap                                          # lock down dependency versions
npm star <pkgname> [<pkg>, ...]                         # mark your favorite packages
npm stars [username]                                    # view packages marked as favorites
npm start <name>                                        # start a package
npm stop <name>                                         # stop a package
npm submodule <pkg>                                     # add a package as a git submodule
npm tag <name>@<version>                                # tag a published version
npm test <name>                                         # test a package
npm unpublish <name>[@<version>]                        # remove a package from the registry
npm unstar <pkgname> [<pkg>, ...]                       # Unfavorite specified p
npm update [-g] [<name> [<name> ...]]                   # update a package
npm version [<newversion> | major | minor | patch]      # bump a package version
npm view <name>[@<version>] [<field<[.<subfield>] ...]  # view registry info
npm whoami                                              # display npm username