npm-unpublish - Man Page


npm-unpublish ā€” Remove a package from the registry


To learn more about how the npm registry treats unpublish, see our <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> unpublish policies</a>

Unpublishing a single version of a package

npm unpublish [<@scope>/]<pkg>@<version>

Unpublishing an entire package

npm unpublish [<@scope>/]<pkg> --force


Consider using the npm help deprecate command instead, if your intent is to encourage users to upgrade, or if you no longer want to maintain a package.


This removes a package version from the registry, deleting its entry and removing the tarball.

The npm registry will return an error if you are not npm help logged in.

If you do not specify a version or if you remove all of a package's versions then the registry will remove the root package entry entirely.

Even if you unpublish a package version, that specific name and version combination can never be reused. In order to publish the package again, you must use a new version number. If you unpublish the entire package, you may not publish any new versions of that package until 24 hours have passed.


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  • Default: false
  • Type: Boolean

Indicates that you don't want npm to make any changes and that it should only report what it would have done. This can be passed into any of the commands that modify your local installation, eg, install, update, dedupe, uninstall, as well as pack and publish.

Note: This is NOT honored by other network related commands, eg dist-tags, owner, etc.


  • Default: false
  • Type: Boolean

Removes various protections against unfortunate side effects, common mistakes, unnecessary performance degradation, and malicious input.

  • Allow clobbering non-npm files in global installs.
  • Allow the npm version command to work on an unclean git repository.
  • Allow deleting the cache folder with npm cache clean.
  • Allow installing packages that have an engines declaration requiring a different version of npm.
  • Allow installing packages that have an engines declaration requiring a different version of node, even if --engine-strict is enabled.
  • Allow npm audit fix to install modules outside your stated dependency range (including SemVer-major changes).
  • Allow unpublishing all versions of a published package.
  • Allow conflicting peerDependencies to be installed in the root project.
  • Implicitly set --yes during npm init.

If you don't have a clear idea of what you want to do, it is strongly recommended that you do not use this option!


  • Default:
  • Type: String (can be set multiple times)

Enable running a command in the context of the configured workspaces of the current project while filtering by running only the workspaces defined by this configuration option.

Valid values for the workspace config are either:

  • Workspace names
  • Path to a workspace directory
  • Path to a parent workspace directory (will result to selecting all of the nested workspaces)

When set for the npm init command, this may be set to the folder of a workspace which does not yet exist, to create the folder and set it up as a brand new workspace within the project.

This value is not exported to the environment for child processes.


  • Default: false
  • Type: Boolean

Enable running a command in the context of all the configured workspaces.

This value is not exported to the environment for child processes. <!-- AUTOGENERATED CONFIG DESCRIPTIONS END -->

See Also

  • npm help deprecate
  • npm help publish
  • npm help registry
  • npm help adduser
  • npm help owner
  • npm help login


July 2021