Publish your npm package to a Git branch.
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To test a package without publishing to npm.
Why not use
npm publish to make a pre-release?
Because of the following drawbacks:
- Versioning concerns: even though you're just testing, you still need to version bump
- Undeleteable: releases are hard to remove due to npm's strict unpublish policy
- Unverifyable: npm does not offer a great way to browse the contents of a package
- Risky: Publishing tests to a production environment can be dangerous (eg. accidentally publish as stable)
- No npm life cycle scripts
- Includes non-publishable assets
- Doesn't install dependencies
No versions: Instead of versions, branch names are used. Branches can be updated to reflect latest change.
Deletable: Simply delete the branch when you're done with it.
Browsable: Use GitHub to easily verify the contents of the branch. You can even share a link for others to see.
Dev environment: Low risk of mistakes.
npm publish: Runs npm life cycle scripts and only includes publishable assets.
Publish your npm package to a branch on the Git repository:
This command will publish to the remote branch
Keep the command handy by installing it globally:
npm install -g git-publish
When globally installed, you can use it without
||The branch to publish the package to. Defaults to prefixing "npm/" to the current branch or tag name.|
||The remote to push to. (default:
||Publish without a commit history. Warning: Force-pushes to remote|
||Dry run mode. Will not commit or push to the remote.|
What are some use-cases where this is useful?
When you want to test a new package that isn't ready to be published on npm.
When you're contributing to an open source project so you don't have publish access, but want to test the changes in a production-like environment.
When you want to test in a remote environment so you can't use
When you want to avoid using
npm linkbecause of symlink complexities.
How can I include a build step?
npm publish, you can call the build command it in the
What does this script do?
- Run npm hooks
- Create a temporary branch by prefixing the current branch with the
- Detect and commit only the npm publish files
- Push the branch to remote
- Delete local branch from Step 2
- Print the installation command for the branch
How is this different from simply committing the files to a branch?
There can be missing distribution files (eg. files outside of
dist). git-publish uses npm-packlist —the same library
npm publishuses—to detect publish files declared via
Irrelevant files are committed (eg. source files). This can slow down installation or even interfere with the library behavior. For example, if your project has development configuration files, they can accidentally be read by the dependent tooling.
npm hooks are not executed. git-publish simulates package packing and runs hooks
Can I publish to and install from a private repository?
Yes, if using a Git client authorized to access the private repository.
If it must be publicly accessible, you can set the
--remote <remote> flag to push the publish assets to a public repository. It's recommended to compile and minify the code if doing this with private code.
You want to test a branch on a private repository Repo A, but GitHub Actions on the consuming project Repo B doesn't have access to the private repository so
npm install fails.
To work around this, you can publish the branch to Repo B to install it from there:
$ npx git-publish --remote firstname.lastname@example.org:repo-b.git --branch test-pkg ✔ Successfully published branch! Install with command: → npm i 'repo-b#test-pkg'