npm-explore man page

npm-explore — Browse an installed package


npm explore <pkg> [ -- <cmd>]


Spawn a subshell in the directory of the installed package specified.

If a command is specified, then it is run in the subshell, which then immediately terminates.

This is particularly handy in the case of git submodules in the node_modules folder:

npm explore some-dependency -- git pull origin master

Note that the package is not automatically rebuilt afterwards, so be sure to use npm rebuild <pkg> if you make any changes.



  • Default: SHELL environment variable, or "bash" on Posix, or "cmd" on Windows

  • Type: path

The shell to run for the npm explore command.

See Also

  • npm help 5 folders

  • npm help edit

  • npm help rebuild

  • npm help build

  • npm help install


November 2016