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v6.2.0-next.1 - Jul 5, 2018

This is a quick patch to the release to fix an issue that was preventing users from installing npm@next.

  • ecdcbd745 #21129 Remove postinstall script that depended on source files, thus preventing npm@next from being installable from the registry. (@zkat)

v6.2.0-next.0 - Jun 29, 2018


  • ce0793358 #20750 You can now disable the update notifier entirely by using --no-update-notifier or setting it in your config with npm config set update-notifier false. (@travi)
  • d2ad776f6 #20879 When npm run-script <script> fails due to a typo or missing script, npm will now do a "did you mean?..." for scripts that do exist. (@watilde)


  • 8f033d72d #20948 Fix the regular expression matching in xcode_emulation in node-gyp to also handle version numbers with multiple-digit major versions which would otherwise break under use of XCode 10. (@Trott)
  • c8ba7573a Stop trying to hoist/dedupe bundles dependencies. (@iarna)
  • cd698f068 #20762 Add synopsis to brief help for npm audit and suppress trailing newline. (@wyardley)
  • 6808ee3bd #20881 Exclude /.github directory from npm tarball. (@styfle)
  • 177cbb476 #21105 Add suggestion to use a temporary cache instead of npm cache clear --force. (@karanjthakkar)



We did some reshuffling and moving around of npm's own dependencies. This significantly reduces the total bundle size of the npm pack, from 8MB to 4.8MB for the distributed tarball! We also moved around what we actually commit to the repo as far as devDeps go.


v6.1.0 - May 24, 2018

Look at that! A feature bump! npm@6 was super-exciting not just because it used a bigger number than ever before, but also because it included a super shiny new command: npm audit. Well, we've kept working on it since then and have some really nice improvements for it. You can expect more of them, and the occasional fix, in the next few releases as more users start playing with it and we get more feedback about what y'all would like to see from something like this.

I, for one, have started running it (and the new subcommand...) in all my projects, and it's one of those things that I don't know how I ever functioned -without- it! This will make a world of difference to so many people as far as making the npm ecosystem a higher-quality, safer commons for all of us.

This is also a good time to remind y'all that we have a new RFCs repository, along with a new process for them. This repo is open to anyone's RFCs, and has already received some great ideas about where we can take the CLI (and, to a certain extent, the registry). It's a great place to get feedback, and completely replaces feature requests in the main repo, so we won't be accepting feature requests there at all anymore. Check it out if you have something you'd like to suggest, or if you want to keep track of what the future might look like!

NEW FEATURE: npm audit fix

This is the biggie with this release! npm audit fix does exactly what it says on the tin. It takes all the actionable reports from your npm audit and runs the installs automatically for you, so you don't have to try to do all that mechanical work yourself!

Note that by default, npm audit fix will stick to semver-compatible changes, so you should be able to safely run it on most projects and carry on with your day without having to track down what breaking changes were included. If you want your (toplevel) dependencies to accept semver-major bumps as well, you can use npm audit fix --force and it'll toss those in, as well. Since it's running the npm installer under the hood, it also supports --production and --only=dev flags, as well as things like --dry-run, --json, and --package-lock-only, if you want more control over what it does.

Give it a whirl and tell us what you think! See npm help audit for full docs!

  • 3800a660d Add npm audit fix subcommand to automatically fix detected vulnerabilities. (@zkat)


  • 1854b1c7f #20568 Add support for npm audit --json to print the report in JSON format. (@finnp)
  • 85b86169d #20570 Include number of audited packages in npm install summary output. (@zkat)
  • 957cbe275 npm-audit-report@1.2.1: Overhaul audit install and detail output format. The new format is terser and fits more closely into the visual style of the CLI, while still providing you with the important bits of information you need. They also include a bit more detail on the footer about what actions you can take! (@zkat)

NEW FEATURE: GIT DEPS AND npm init <pkg>!

Another exciting change that came with npm@6 was the new npm init command that allows for community-authored generators. That means you can, for example, do npm init react-app and it'll one-off download, install, and run create-react-app for you, without requiring or keeping around any global installs. That is, it basically just calls out to npx.

The first version of this command only really supported registry dependencies, but now, @jdalton went ahead and extended this feature so you can use hosted git dependencies, and their shorthands.

So go ahead and do npm init facebook/create-react-app and it'll grab the package from the github repo now! Or you can use it with a private github repository to maintain your organizational scaffolding tools or whatnot. ✨


First introduced in 5.8.0, this finally puts to bed errors where you would occasionally see Error: write after end at MiniPass.write.


  • 0e1726c03 We can now determine if the commitid of a git dependency in the lockfile is derived from the specifier in the package.json and if it isn't we now trigger an update for it. (@iarna)


  • 442d2484f 2f0c88351 631d30a34 When requesting the update of a direct dependency that was also a transitive dependency to a version incompatible with the transitive requirement and you had a lock-file but did not have a node_modules folder then npm would fail to provide a new copy of the transitive dependency, resulting in an invalid lock-file that could not self heal. (@iarna)
  • be5dd0f49 #20715 Cleanup output of npm ci summary report. (@legodude17)
  • 98ffe4adb Node.js now has a test that scans for things that look like conflict markers in source code. This was triggering false positives on a fixture in a test of npm's ability to heal lockfiles with conflicts in them. (@iarna)
  • a41c0393c #20538 Make the new npm view work when the license field is an object instead of a string. (@zkat)
  • eb7522073 #20582 Add support for environments (like Docker) where the expected binary for opening external URLs is not available. (@bcoe)
  • 212266529 #20536 Fix a spurious colon in the new update notifier message and add support for the npm canary. (@zkat)
  • 5ee1384d0 #20597 Infer a version range when a package.json has a dist-tag instead of a version range in one of its dependency specs. Previously, this would cause dependencies to be flagged as invalid. (@zkat)
  • 4fa68ae41 #20585 Make sure scoped bundled deps are shown in the new publish preview, too. (@zkat)
  • 1f3ee6b7e cacache@11.0.2: Stop dropping size from metadata on npm cache verify. (@jfmartinez)
  • 91ef93691 #20513 Fix nested command aliases. (@mmermerkaya)
  • 18b2b3cf7 npm-lifecycle@2.0.3: Make sure different versions of the Path env var on Windows all get node_modules/.bin prepended when running lifecycle scripts. (@laggingreflex)



v6.1.0-next.0 - May 17, 2018

This release became 6.1.0

v5.10.0 - May 11, 2018

With this, likely the last release of the npm@5.x series, we backport a number of features from 6.0.0. Contrary to Github at publication time, this is not the latest release. That honor belongs to 6.0.1, just below this. If you're using 6.0.1 there's nothing here you haven't seen before.


Thanks to the wonderful efforts of @jdalton of lodash fame, npm init can now be used to invoke custom scaffolding tools!

You can now do things like npm init react-app or npm init esm to scaffold an npm package by running create-react-app and create-esm, respectively. This also adds an npm create alias, to correspond to Yarn's yarn create feature, which inspired this.


This version of npm adds a new command, npm audit, which will run a security audit of your project's dependency tree and notify you about any actions you may need to take.

The registry-side services required for this command to work will be available on the main npm registry in the coming weeks. Until then, you won't get much out of trying to use this on the CLI.

As part of this change, the npm CLI now sends scrubbed and cryptographically anonymized metadata about your dependency tree to your configured registry, to allow notifying you about the existence of critical security flaws. For details about how the CLI protects your privacy when it shares this metadata, see npm help audit, or read the docs for npm audit online. You can disable this altogether by doing npm config set audit false, but will no longer benefit from the service.

  • c81dfb91b npm-registry-fetch@1.1.1 (@iarna)
  • b096f44a9 npm-audit-report@1.0.9 (@iarna)
  • 43b20b204 #20389 Add new npm audit command. (@iarna)
  • 49ddb3f56 #20389 Temporarily suppress git metadata till there's an opt-in. (@iarna)
  • 5f1129c4b #20389 Document the new command. (@iarna)
  • 9a07b379d #20389 Default audit to off when running the npm test suite itself. (@iarna)
  • a6e2f1284 Make sure we hide stream errors on background audit submissions. Previously some classes of error could end up being displayed (harmlessly) during installs. (@iarna)
  • aadbf3f46 Include session and scope in requests (as we do in other requests to the registry). (@iarna)
  • 7d43ddf63 Exit with non-zero status when vulnerabilities are found. So you can have npm audit as a test or prepublish step! (@iarna)
  • bc3fc55fa Verify lockfile integrity before running. You'd get an error either way, but this way it's faster and can give you more concrete instructions on how to fix it. (@iarna)
  • 2ac8edd42 Refuse to run in global mode. Audits require a lockfile and globals don't have one. Yet. (@iarna)
  • 3dcc240db Timeout audit requests eventually. (@iarna)



If a published modules had legacy npm-shrinkwrap.json we were saving ordinary registry dependencies (name@version) to your package-lock.json as https:// URLs instead of versions.

  • 36f998411 When saving the lock-file compute how the dependency is being required instead of using _resolved in the package.json. This fixes the bug that was converting registry dependencies into https:// dependencies. (@iarna)
  • 113e1a3af When encountering a https:// URL in our lockfiles that point at our default registry, extract the version and use them as registry dependencies. This lets us heal package-lock.json files produced by 6.0.0 (@iarna)

MORE package-lock.json FORMAT CHANGES?!

  • 074502916 #20384 Add from field back into package-lock for git dependencies. This will give npm the information it needs to figure out whether git deps are valid, specially when running with legacy install metadata or in --package-lock-only mode when there's no node_modules. This should help remove a significant amount of git-related churn on the lock-file. (@zkat)



  • 1b535cb9d #20358 npm install-test (aka npm it) will no longer generate package-lock.json when running with --no-package-lock or package-lock=false. (@raymondfeng)
  • 268f7ac50 5f84ebdb6 c12e61431 #20390 Fix a scenario where a git dependency had a comittish associated with it that was not a complete commitid. npm would never consider that entry in the package.json as matching the entry in the package-lock.json and this resulted in inappropriate pruning or reinstallation of git dependencies. This has been addressed in two ways, first, the addition of the from field as described in #20384 means we can exactly match the package.json. Second, when that's missing (when working with older package-lock.json files), we assume that the match is ok. (If it's not, we'll fix it up when a real installation is done.) (@iarna)