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npm - a JavaScript package manager

npm version license CI - cli Benchmark Suite


One of the following versions of Node.js must be installed to run npm:


npm comes bundled with node, & most third-party distributions, by default. Officially supported downloads/distributions can be found at: nodejs.org/en/download

Direct Download

You can download & install npm directly from npmjs.com using our custom install.sh script:

curl -qL https://www.npmjs.com/install.sh | sh

Node Version Managers

If you’re looking to manage multiple versions of node &/or npm, consider using a “Node Version Manager” such as:


npm <command>


FAQ on Branding

Is it “npm” or “NPM” or “Npm”?

npm should never be capitalized unless it is being displayed in a location that is customarily all-capitals (ex. titles on man pages).

Is “npm” an acronym for “Node Package Manager”?

Contrary to popular belief, npm is not in fact an acronym for “Node Package Manager”; It is a recursive bacronymic abbreviation for “npm is not an acronym” (if the project was named “ninaa”, then it would be an acronym). The precursor to npm was actually a bash utility named “pm”, which was the shortform name of “pkgmakeinst” - a bash function that installed various things on various platforms. If npm were to ever have been considered an acronym, it would be as “node pm” or, potentially “new pm”.