This command will check the registry to see if any (or, specific) installed
packages are currently outdated.
By default, only the direct dependencies of the root project are shown.
Use --all to find all outdated meta-dependencies as well.
In the output:
wanted is the maximum version of the package that satisfies the semver
range specified in package.json. If there's no available semver range
(i.e. you're running npm outdated --global, or the package isn't
included in package.json), then wanted shows the currently-installed
latest is the version of the package tagged as latest in the registry.
Running npm publish with no special configuration will publish the
package with a dist-tag of latest. This may or may not be the maximum
version of the package, or the most-recently published version of the
package, depending on how the package's developer manages the latest
location is where in the physical tree the package is located.
depended by shows which package depends on the displayed dependency
package type (when using --long / -l) tells you whether this
package is a dependency or a dev/peer/optional dependency. Packages not
included in package.json are always marked dependencies.
homepage (when using --long / -l) is the homepage value contained
in the package's packument
Red means there's a newer version matching your semver requirements, so
you should update now.
Yellow indicates that there's a newer version above your semver
requirements (usually new major, or new 0.x minor) so proceed with
$ npm outdated
Package Current Wanted Latest Location Depended by
glob requires ^5, which prevents npm from installing glob@6, which
is outside the semver range.
Git dependencies will always be reinstalled, because of how they're
specified. The installed committish might satisfy the dependency
specifier (if it's something immutable, like a commit SHA), or it might
not, so npm outdated and npm update have to fetch Git repos to check.
This is why currently doing a reinstall of a Git dependency always forces
a new clone and install.
email@example.com is marked as "wanted", but "latest" is firstname.lastname@example.org because
npm uses dist-tags to manage its latest and next release channels.
npm update will install the newest version, but npm install npm
(with no semver range) will install whatever's tagged as latest.
once is just plain out of date. Reinstalling node_modules from
scratch or running npm update will bring it up to spec.
Show information in JSON format.
Show extended information.
Show parseable output instead of tree view.
Check packages in the global install prefix instead of in the current