How to uninstall npm modules in node js

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Any npm module can be installed by running a simple command: npm install <module_name>.

I have installed a few modules that I do not use anymore and I just want to get them off. I have a few questions regarding this:

  • Do we have any command or process to uninstall a module from the root (something like npm uninstall <module_name>) or will simply removing the module files do?

  • How does it affect us if we keep the unused modules?

Jul 8, 2020 in Node-js by kartik
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Hello @kartik,

The command is simply:

 npm uninstall <name>

A local install will be in the node_modules/ directory of your application. This won't affect the application if a module remains there with no references to it.

If you're removing a global package, however, any applications referencing it will crash.

Here are different options:

npm uninstall <name> removes the module from node_modules but does not update package.json

npm uninstall <name> --save also removes it from dependenciesin package.json

npm uninstall <name> --save-dev also removes it from devDependencies in package.json

npm uninstall -g <name> --save also removes it globally

Hope it helps!!

Thank You!!

answered Jul 8, 2020 by Niroj
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