node.js – How do you reinstall an app’s dependencies using npm?

The Question :

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Is there a simple way to reinstall all packages that my app depends on (i.e. they are in my apps node_modules folder)?

The Question Comments :
  • npm rebuild might also help some issues with native dependencies
  • In case it helps others: If you’re just trying to reinstall one package, npm update <packageName> works great

The Answer 1

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The easiest way that I can see is delete node_modules folder and execute npm install.

The Answer 2

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The right way is to execute npm update. It’s a really powerful command, it updates the missing packages and also checks if a newer version of package already installed can be used.

Read Intro to NPM to understand what you can do with npm.

The Answer 3

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Most of the time I use the following command to achieve a complete reinstall of all the node modules (be sure you are in the project folder).

rm -rf node_modules &amp;&amp; npm install

You can also run npm cache clean after removing the node_modules folder to be sure there aren’t any cached dependencies.

The Answer 4

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npm updated the CLI command for install and added the --force flag.

npm install --force

The --force (or -f) argument will force npm to fetch remote resources even if a local copy exists on disk.

See npm install

The Answer 5

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You can do this with one simple command:

npm ci


npm ci
Install a project with a clean slate

The Answer 6

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You can use the reinstall module found in npm.

After installing it, you can use the following command:


The only difference with manually removing node_modules folder and making npm install is that this command automatically clear npm’s cache. So, you can get three steps in one command.

upd: npx reinstall is a way to run this command without globally installing package (only for npm5+)

The Answer 7

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Delete node_module and re-install again by command

rm -rf node_modules &amp;&amp; npm i

The Answer 8

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For Windows you can use

(if exist node_modules rmdir node_modules /q /s) &amp;&amp; npm install

which removes node_modules directory and performs npm install then. Removal before install assures that all packages are reinstalled.

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npm ci

Alternatively, as of npm cli v6.5.0 you can use the backronym:

npm clean-install


The Answer 10

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Follow this step to re install node modules and update them

works even if node_modules folder does not exist. now execute the following command synchronously. you can also use “npm update” but I think this’d preferred way

npm outdated // not necessary to run this command, but this will show outdated dependencies

npm install -g npm-check-updates // to install the "ncu" package

ncu -u --packageFile=package.json // to update dependencies version in package.json...don't run this command if you don't need to update the version

npm install: will install dependencies in your package.json file.

if you’re okay with the version of your dependencies in your package.json file, no need to follow those steps just run

 npm install


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