Npm Install Globally Without Sudo on Linux

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If you currently playing with node package manager you may facing this problem when you want to install a package that has binary you would do it globally with additional argument g or global and you need superuser privileges to preventing error notification.

You Can Do it Without Sudo

You start thinking how to do it right now, do you? In this article I will give you step by step guide to fix the problem.


First, we create new directory to place our global packages.

$ mkdir "${HOME}/.npm-packages"

Then, let’s configure where we want to store the global packages by telling npm with this following command.

$ npm config set prefix "${HOME}/.npm-packages"

The last step, make sure npm will find the binaries and the man pages. add this code below in your .bashrc or .zshrc



# Preserve MANPATH if you already defined it somewhere in your config.
# Otherwise, fall back to `manpath` so we can inherit from `/etc/manpath`.
export MANPATH="${MANPATH-$(manpath)}:$NPM_PACKAGES/share/man"

Note ! If you already delete MANPATH by mistake or accidentally, you can restore it with this simple command set -Ux MANPATH (manpath -g) $MANPATH just once.

Thanks, hope you enjoying this article and good luck.