Add a registry user account

Select CLI Version:


npm adduser
alias: add-user

Note: This command is unaware of workspaces.


Create a new user in the specified registry, and save the credentials to the .npmrc file. If no registry is specified, the default registry will be used (see registry).

When using legacy for your auth-type, the username, password, and email are read in from prompts.



The base URL of the npm registry.


  • Default: the scope of the current project, if any, or ""
  • Type: String

Associate an operation with a scope for a scoped registry.

Useful when logging in to or out of a private registry:

# log in, linking the scope to the custom registry
npm login --scope=@mycorp --registry=
# log out, removing the link and the auth token
npm logout --scope=@mycorp

This will cause @mycorp to be mapped to the registry for future installation of packages specified according to the pattern @mycorp/package.

This will also cause npm init to create a scoped package.

# accept all defaults, and create a package named "@foo/whatever",
# instead of just named "whatever"
npm init --scope=@foo --yes


  • Default: "web"
  • Type: "legacy" or "web"

What authentication strategy to use with login. Note that if an otp config is given, this value will always be set to legacy.

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