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Learn more about a command – npm


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


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 - Install a package

         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]

       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.


Try running npm help install in your terminal.


npm-help on the npm Documentation website

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