Uninstalling packages and dependencies

If you no longer need to use a package in your code, we recommend uninstalling it and removing it from your project’s dependencies.

Uninstalling local packages

Removing a local package from your node_modules directory

To remove a package from your node_modules directory, on the command line, use the uninstall command. Include the scope if the package is scoped.

Unscoped package

npm uninstall <package_name>

Scoped package

npm uninstall <@scope/package_name>

Example

npm uninstall lodash

Removing a local package from the package.json dependencies

To remove a package from the dependencies in package.json, use the --save flag. Include the scope if the package is scoped.

Unscoped package

npm uninstall --save <package_name>

Scoped package

npm uninstall --save <@scope/package_name>

Example

npm uninstall --save lodash
Note: If you installed a package as a "devDependency" (i.e. with --save-dev), use --save-dev to uninstall it: npm uninstall --save-dev package_name

Confirming local package uninstallation

To confirm that npm uninstall worked correctly, check that the node_modules directory no longer contains a directory for the uninstalled package(s).

Uninstalling global packages

To uninstall an unscoped global package, on the command line, use the uninstall command with the -g flag. Include the scope if the package is scoped.

Unscoped package

npm uninstall -g <package_name>

Scoped package

npm uninstall -g <@scope/package_name>

Example

For example, to uninstall a package called jshint, run:

npm uninstall -g jshint

Resources

Uninstalling local packages

Uninstalling global packages


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