Search the registry for packages matching the search terms. npm search
performs a linear, incremental, lexically-ordered search through package
metadata for all files in the registry. If your terminal has color
support, it will further highlight the matches in the results. This can
be disabled with the config item color
Additionally, using the --searchopts and --searchexclude options
paired with more search terms will include and exclude further patterns.
The main difference between --searchopts and the standard search terms
is that the former does not highlight results in the output and you can
use them more fine-grained filtering. Additionally, you can add both of
these to your config to change default search filtering behavior.
Search also allows targeting of maintainers in search results, by prefixing
their npm username with =.
If a term starts with /, then it's interpreted as a regular expression
ignore a trailing / . (Note you must escape or quote many regular
expression characters in most shells.)
All of the following can be defined in a .npmrc file, or passed as
parameters to the cli prefixed with -- (e.g. --json)
Used as --no-color, disables color highlighting of matches in the
Output search results as a JSON array.
Output search results as lines with tab-separated columns.
Display full package descriptions and other long text across multiple
lines. When disabled (which is the default) the output will
truncate search results to fit neatly on a single line. Modules with
extremely long names will fall on multiple lines.
Space-separated options that are always passed to search.
Space-separated options that limit the results from search.
Search the specified registry for modules. If you have configured npm to
point to a different default registry (such as your internal private
module repository), npm search will also default to that registry when
A note on caching
The npm cli caches search results with the same terms and options
locally in its cache. You can use the following to change how and when
the cli uses this cache. See npm cache for more
on how the cache works.
Forces staleness checks for cached searches, making the cli look for
updates immediately even for fresh search results.
Bypasses staleness checks for cached searches. Missing data will still
be requested from the server. To force full offline mode, use offline.
Forces full offline mode. Any searches not locally cached will result in