npm tricks part 1: Get list of globally installed packages

Quick question: does everybody of you folks know the exact amount of globally installed npm packages in your workstation? Probably not.

This is especially true for NodeJS/npm newbies, who often try the most popular packages installing them globally, without even defining them in their package.json files; however, this may be useful even for more advanced NodeJS developer, who may not know every npm CLI trick.

So, this is it:

Let?s break this line down a little bit, shall we?

  • npm: the Node package manager command line tool
  • list -g: display a tree of every package found in the user?s folders (without the -g option it only shows the current directory?s packages)
  • ? depth 0 / ? depth=0: avoid including every package?s dependencies in the tree view

Here?s a sample result:

Please let me know if this was useful to you. You can find me both on Github and Twitter.


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