npm Orgs

This is a top-level introduction to Orgs. If you already know what Orgs are and want to get up and running, you should jump ahead to "Getting Started".

Orgs is a tool for organization, both of packages and teams of developers. It was created so that package publishers could handle large numbers of contributors over a set of many packages.

Organizing Packages

Creating an Organization on npm gives you an Organization scope under which you can have your own namespace for packages. The Organization scope is the name of the Organization as registered on npm. For example, if your organization is called "the best", you would register as "the-best" and get a scope, @the-best. From there, you could name your packages whatever you want (according to our guidelines).

Scopes are great for many reasons, for example:

  • Maintain a fork of a package, e.g. @the-best/request.
  • Avoiding name disputes with popular names, e.g. @the-best/cat.
  • Improving internal discovery of Organization-supported packages (they're all in a single namespace!)

While you get a scope by default when registering as an Org, that doesn't mean you have to use it. In fact, you can use Orgs to manage unscoped packages, or even packages under a different scope, such as a user scope, e.g. @ag_dubs/hello, where ag_dubs is an npm user.

Organizing People

The real benefit of Orgs is that it makes it easier, and in some cases, simply possible, to manage access and visibility of packages across a large team of contributors.

When using Orgs, you organize your developers into teams. You can then grant team permissions (read/write) to packages you govern, which then cascades to all Members of that team. By doing this, you can have certain teams that develop a package (write access) and then some teams that can use that package (read access). You can do this for all of the packages that the Organization governs, public unscoped packages and public/private scoped packages alike.

What does Orgs cost?

Orgs are free if your Organization only has public packages.

If your Organization needs to also publish and install private packages, an Org will cost you $7/user/month, for all users.

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