How to change bower's default components folder?


Question

I'm making a new project that uses bower from twitter. I created a component.json to maintain all my dependency like jquery. Then I run bower install that installs everything in a folder named components. But I need to install the components in a different folder, e.g. public/components.

I have tried editing my components.json into:

{
  "name": "test",
  "version": "1.0.0",
  "directory": "public/",
  "dependencies": {
    "jquery": "*"
  }
}

or:

{
  "name": "test",
  "version": "1.0.0",
  "componentsDirectory": "public/",
  "dependencies": {
    "jquery": "*"
  }
}

as shown in https://github.com/twitter/bower/pull/94 but it doesn't work.

1
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4/1/2013 8:05:49 PM

Accepted Answer

Create a Bower configuration file .bowerrc in the project root (as opposed to your home directory) with the content:

{
  "directory" : "public/components"
}

Run bower install again.

928
3/31/2015 10:31:03 PM

In addition to editing .bowerrc to setup your default install path, you can also setup custom install paths for different file types.

There is a node package called bower-installer that provides a single command for managing alternate install paths.

run npm install -g bower-installer

Set up your bower.json

{
  "name" : "test",
  "version": "0.1",
  "dependencies" : {
    "jquery-ui" : "latest"
  },
  "install" : {
    "path" : {
      "css": "src/css",
      "js": "src/js"
    },
    "sources" : {
      "jquery-ui" : [
        "components/jquery-ui/ui/jquery-ui.custom.js",
        "components/jquery-ui/themes/start/jquery-ui.css"
      ]
    }
  }
}

Run the following command: bower-installer

This will install components/jquery-ui/themes/start/jquery-ui.css to ./src/css, etc


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