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10.2.15 • Public • Published


Flexible npm dependency update tool

updates is a CLI tool which checks for npm dependency updates of the current project and optionally updates package.json. It is highly configurable and is typically able to complete in less than a second.

$ updates
NAME      OLD      NEW      AGE       INFO
p-map     3.0.0    4.0.0    3 days    https://github.com/sindresorhus/p-map
rrdir     4.0.0    5.0.0    11 days   https://github.com/silverwind/rrdir
eslint    6.7.2    6.8.0    3 months  https://github.com/eslint/eslint
rimraf    3.0.0    3.0.2    28 days   https://github.com/isaacs/rimraf
versions  7.0.5    8.2.3    1 day     https://github.com/silverwind/versions
updates   6941e05  815cc8b  16 hours  https://github.com/silverwind/updates


npm i -D updates

Then, check for new updates:

npx updates

When changes are satisfactory, update package.json and reinstall modules:

npx updates -u && rm -rf node_modules && npm i

To only reinstall modules when updates are available:

npx updates -uU && rm -rf node_modules && npm i

On a CI, it might be desireable to fail a build when updates are available:

npx updates -E


See --help or below for the available options. Option that take multiple arguments can take them either via comma-separated value or by specifying the option multiple times. If an option has a optional pkg argument but none is given, the option will be applied to all packages instead.

usage: updates [options]

    -u, --update                       Update versions and write package.json
    -p, --prerelease [<pkg,...>]       Consider prerelease versions
    -R, --release [<pkg,...>]          Only use release versions, may downgrade
    -g, --greatest [<pkg,...>]         Prefer greatest over latest version
    -i, --include <pkg,...>            Include only given packages
    -e, --exclude <pkg,...>            Exclude given packages
    -t, --types <type,...>             Check only given dependency types
    -P, --patch [<pkg,...>]            Consider only up to semver-patch
    -m, --minor [<pkg,...>]            Consider only up to semver-minor
    -d, --allow-downgrade [<pkg,...>]  Allow version downgrades when using latest version
    -E, --error-on-outdated            Exit with code 2 when updates are available and 0 when not
    -U, --error-on-unchanged           Exit with code 0 when updates are available and 2 when not
    -r, --registry <url>               Override npm registry URL
    -G, --githubapi <url>              Override Github API URL
    -f, --file <path>                  Use given package.json file or module directory
    -S, --sockets <num>                Maximum number of parallel HTTP sockets opened. Default: 96
    -j, --json                         Output a JSON object
    -c, --color                        Force-enable color output
    -n, --no-color                     Disable color output
    -v, --version                      Print the version
    -h, --help                         Print this help

    $ updates
    $ updates -u
    $ updates -u -m -e eslint
    $ updates -u -U && rm -rf node_modules && npm i

JSON Output

The JSON output is an object with possible properties results, message and error:

$ updates -j | jq
  "results": {
    "dependencies": {
      "p-map": {
        "old": "3.0.0",
        "new": "4.0.0",
        "info": "https://github.com/sindresorhus/p-map",
        "age": "3 days"
    "devDependencies": {
      "eslint": {
        "old": "6.7.2",
        "new": "6.8.0",
        "info": "https://github.com/eslint/eslint",
        "age": "3 months"

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