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Learn more about a command – npm

Summary

To get more information about an npm command, enter the following command in your terminal (replace term with the command you want more information on):

npm help term

Details

As an example, if you wanted to learn more about the npm install command, you would enter the following command in your terminal:

npm help install

After entering the above command, you should see something similar to the following in your terminal:

NPM-INSTALL(1)                                                               

NAME
       npm-install - Install a package

SYNOPSIS
         npm install (with no args, in package dir)
         npm install [<@scope>/]<name>
         npm install [<@scope>/]<name>@<tag>
         npm install [<@scope>/]<name>@<version>
         npm install [<@scope>/]<name>@<version range>
         npm install <git-host>:<git-user>/<repo-name>
         npm install <git repo url>
         npm install <tarball file>
         npm install <tarball url>
         npm install <folder>

         aliases: npm i, npm add
         common options: [-P|--save-prod|-D|--save-dev|-O|--save-optional] [-E|--save-exact] [-B|--save-bundle] [--no-save] [--dry-run]

DESCRIPTION
       This command installs a package, and any packages that it depends on. If the package
       has a package-lock or shrinkwrap file, the  installation  of  dependencies  will  be
:

You can use the arrow keys to scroll up or down through the information. To exit this information screen, press the Q key on your keyboard.

Exercises

Try running npm help install in your terminal.

References

npm-help on the npm Documentation website

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