How to install a private NPM module without my own registry?


I've taken some shared code and put it in an NPM module, one I don't want to upload to the central registry. The question is, how do I install it from other projects?

The obvious way is probably to set up my own NPM registry, but according to the documentation, that involves a lot of hassle.

Can I just install an NPM module that sits on the local filesystem, or perhaps even from git?

npm install --from-git git@server:project
8/4/2016 10:27:00 AM

Accepted Answer

cd somedir
npm install .


npm install path/to/somedir

somedir must contain the package.json inside it.

It knows about git too:

npm install git://
4/30/2012 9:47:13 PM

In your private npm modules add

"private": true 

to your package.json

Then to reference the private module in another module, use this in your package.json

    "name": "myapp",
    "dependencies": {
        "private-repo": "git+ssh://",

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