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    Switch between different .npmrc files with ease and grace.


    If you use a private npm registry, you know the pain of switching between a bunch of different .npmrc files and manually managing symlinks. Let that be a problem no more! npmrc is here to save the day, by making it dead simple to switch out your .npmrc with a specific named version. It also tries to protect you from your own stupid self by making sure you don't accidentally overwrite an .npmrc that you actually want to keep.


    npm install -g npmrc


    ➜  ~  npmrc --help
      Switch between different .npmrc files with ease and grace.
      npmrc                 list all profiles
      npmrc [name]          change npmrc profile (uses fuzzy matching)
      npmrc -c [name]       create a new npmrc profile called name
      npmrc -r [registry]   use an npm mirror
    Available mirrors for npmrc -r:
      au      - Australian registry mirror
      eu      - European registry mirror
      cn      - Chinese registry mirror
      default - Default registry


    Calling npmrc without arguments creates an ~/.npmrcs/ directory if it doesn't exist, and copies your current ~/.npmrc as the 'default' .npmrc profile.

    ➜  ~  npmrc
    Creating /Users/conrad/.npmrcs
    Making /Users/conrad/.npmrc the default npmrc file
    Activating .npmrc 'default'

    Create a new .npmrc profile

    ➜  ~  npmrc -c newprofile
    Removing old .npmrc (/home/rvagg/.npmrcs/default)
    Activating .npmrc 'newprofile'

    A blank profile will be created. To point your profile to a non-default registry:

    ➜  ~  npm config set registry

    Then use npm adduser or npm login to authenticate with the new profile.

    List available .npmrc profiles

    ➜  ~  npmrc 
    Available npmrcs:
    * default

    Switch to a specific .npmrc

    ➜  ~  npmrc work
    Removing old .npmrc (/Users/conrad/.npmrcs/default)
    Activating .npmrc 'work'

    You can also pass only the first few characters of a profile and npmrc will autocomplete the profile's name.

    ➜  ~  npmrc def
    Removing old .npmrc (/Users/conrad/.npmrcs/work)
    Activating .npmrc 'default'

    npmrc <name> will also go to some lengths to make sure you don't overwrite anything you might care about:

    ➜  ~  npmrc default
    Removing old .npmrc (/Users/conrad/.npmrcs/work)
    Activating .npmrc 'default'
    ➜  ~  npmrc default  
    Current .npmrc (/Users/conrad/.npmrc) is already 'default' (/Users/conrad/.npmrcs/default)
    ➜  ~  rm ~/.npmrc
    ➜  ~  touch ~/.npmrc
    ➜  ~  npmrc default
    Current .npmrc (/Users/conrad/.npmrc) is not a regular file, not removing it
    ➜  ~  rm ~/.npmrc
    ➜  ~  npmrc default
    Activating .npmrc 'default'

    Note For Windows Users

    You may have to run npmrc in a shell (cmd, PowerShell, Git Bash, etc) with elevated (Administrative) privileges to get it to run.

    Environment Variables

    • NPMRC_STORE - Path to directory of profiles. Default: ~/.npmrcs/
    • NPMRC - Path to the npmrc file used by npm. Default: ~/.npmrc

    Known npm registry Mirrors

    For your convenience, you can change registries easily using the -r flag. Currently we provide aliases for:

    Switching registry example

    ➜  ~  npm -r eu
    Using eu registry
    ➜  ~  npm info npmrc
    npm http GET
    ➜  ~  npm -r default
    Using default registry
    ➜  ~  npm info npmrc
    npm http GET


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    Awesome People

    • Jaime "the binary wizard" Pillora (github)
    • Tim "two hands" Oxley (github)
    • Jakob "fastest blur in the west" Krigovsky (github)
    • Rod "the destroyer" Vagg (github)
    • Eugene "ludicrous gibs" Asiedu (github)


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