Browse an installed package

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npm explore <pkg> [ -- <command>]

Note: This command is unaware of workspaces.


Spawn a subshell in the directory of the installed package specified.

If a command is specified, then it is run in the subshell, which then immediately terminates.

This is particularly handy in the case of git submodules in the node_modules folder:

npm explore some-dependency -- git pull origin master

Note that the package is not automatically rebuilt afterwards, so be sure to use npm rebuild <pkg> if you make any changes.



  • Default: SHELL environment variable, or "bash" on Posix, or "cmd.exe" on Windows
  • Type: String

The shell to run for the npm explore command.

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