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One-liner to update npm dependency packages to the latest version using jq

craftzdog profile image Takuya Matsuyama ・1 min read

If you have jq, a lightweight and flexible command-line JSON processor, installed in your computer, it's easy to manipulate the command to update dependencies to the latest version at once.

Update dependencies

Check:

cat package.json | jq -r '.dependencies | keys | join("\\n")'
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Perform installing:

cat package.json | jq -r '.dependencies | keys | map(. + "@latest") | join(" ")' | xargs npm i
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Update devDependencies

cat package.json | jq -r '.devDependencies | keys | map(. + "@latest") | join(" ")' | xargs npm i
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Richard Schloss • Edited

How about npm update and npm update --dev? (ref)

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Takuya Matsuyama Author

Because it does not always update packages to the latest versions if those are caret/tilde dependencies:

docs.npmjs.com/cli-commands/update...

It means that npm update tries to update while keep satisfying app's package dependencies.