npm-uninstall man page

npm-uninstall — Remove a package


npm uninstall [<@scope>/]<pkg>[@<version>]... [-S|--save|-D|--save-dev|-O|--save-optional]

aliases: remove, rm, r, un, unlink


This uninstalls a package, completely removing everything npm installed on its behalf.


npm uninstall sax

In global mode (ie, with -g or --global appended to the command), it uninstalls the current package context as a global package.

npm uninstall takes 3 exclusive, optional flags which save or update the package version in your main package.json:

  • -S, --save: Package will be removed from your dependencies.
  • -D, --save-dev: Package will be removed from your devDependencies.
  • -O, --save-optional: Package will be removed from your optionalDependencies.

Further, if you have an npm-shrinkwrap.json then it will be updated as well.

Scope is optional and follows the usual rules for npm help 7 npm-scope.


npm uninstall sax --save
npm uninstall @myorg/privatepackage --save
npm uninstall node-tap --save-dev
npm uninstall dtrace-provider --save-optional

See Also

  • npm help prune
  • npm help install
  • npm help 5 folders
  • npm help config
  • npm help 7 config
  • npm help 5 npmrc


November 2016