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Using dist-tags

Tags are a supplement to semver (e.g., v0.12) for organizing and labeling different versions of packages. In addition to being more human-readable, tags allow publishers to distribute their packages more effectively.

Adding tags

To add a tag to a specific version of your package, use npm dist-tag add <pkg>@<version> [<tag>]. See the CLI docs for more information.

Publishing with tags

By default, npm publish will tag your package with the latest tag. If you use the --tag flag, you can specify another tag to use. For example, the following will publish your package with the beta tag:

npm publish --tag beta

Installing with tags

Like npm publish, npm install <pkg> will use the latest tag by default. To override this behavior, use npm install <pkg>@<tag>. The following example will install the somepkg at the version that has been tagged with beta.

npm install somepkg@beta

Caveats

Because dist-tags share the same namespace with semver, avoid using any tag names that may cause a conflict. The best practice is to avoid using tags beginning with a number or the letter "v".

Last modified January 19, 2016           Found a typo? Send a pull request!

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