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⚡ Nirazan Basnet ⚡
⚡ Nirazan Basnet ⚡

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Delete node_modules like a Pro

Usually, while working on multiple projects we complain about the hard drive which is mystically always full.

Whenever we start a new project and run npm install, it downloads a bunch of javascript files in the node_modules folder and we don't care about this after we abandoned the project.

Even after knowing that we can delete it by right-clicking it.

I usually use the bash command which deletes the directories from the current working directory

find . -name 'node_modules' -type d -prune -exec rm -rf '{}' +
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But the smartest way to get the job done is to run npx npkill

So, installation through npm is simple. Make sure you have installed node and npm and then run

npm i -g npkill
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You can also use it without installing it by running

npx npkill
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It easily finds and removes old and heavy node_modules folders

To know more information about npkill, you can visit the site here

I follow FireShip - a youtube channel where we get high quality code tutorials to help you build & ship your app faster, for a long time. So, I came across this video which really helped me.


👏👏 By coming this far I hope you can use this awesome npkill npm package. So, I suggest you give it a try on your project and enjoy it!

Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions and leave me a comment if you have any problems or questions.

Till then,
Keep on Hacking, Cheers

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Ian Wijma

Not sure what is wrong with rm -r node_modules

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⚡ Nirazan Basnet ⚡ • Edited

Nothing is wrong here. With your code, we can delete just within a project, but to delete all the node_modules from the device we can use about code. Thanks!

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Harsh Singh

Isn't this basically...

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⚡ Nirazan Basnet ⚡

Yes !! It really helped me :)

mlaraki profile image

You've literally copied eveything, even the title ... The least you can do is aknowledge the real author in your article !

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Mihail Malo

I recommend instead.
It's fast, is a single tiny executable (thanks, Rust), doesn't come with its own node_modules, and supports not only npm projects.

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⚡ Nirazan Basnet ⚡ • Edited

Didn't know about this. Thanks for sharing I will definitely try this :)

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Ziv Tamary

You literally just coped everything from this video, even the title. shame

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It's not wrong to convert a video to an article but he should have at least given some credit to the video :(

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⚡️ • Edited

Doesn't npm intelligently link already-installed-elsewhere modules? If so, deleting node-modules folders might be detrimental.

Edit: whoops! I was wrong about this one, sorry gang. Maybe I got it confused with Yarn or some other package managers? If anyone knows more about this, that'd be awesome; I feel bad about having loads of copies of the same module at multiple locations on my system.

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Patrick Hund

That's the first time I'm hearing this. To my knowledge, every npm project has its own node_modules directory and every package dependency is installed per project. Do you have a link that documents what you are suggesting?

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Michael Adsit

This was my first time hearing this as well. I know that pnpm is meant to do so.

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Itachi Uchiha

I didn't use PowerShell. But it seems a Powershell statement. Right? :P

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John Olson

Your last suggestion of npx npkill is the easiest to use. Nothing to install.

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Mohd Ahmad • Edited

Check rimraf it is fast, and it is not limited to node_modules. It is written in JS so can be used in node projects

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Whats is wrong with npm prune?

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Tazoh Yanick

Can we run the command npx npkill from any directory or we must run from the root in order to delete all node_modules files from the device?

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⚡ Nirazan Basnet ⚡

Didn't know about this, thanks for sharing!

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Was looking for the name of the package... Npkill was the name... Thanks 🤙

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