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How to install npm packages globally without sudo on Linux

We use NVM instead, where this is not an issue.

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  1. Set up a package root in your homedir to hold the Node "global" packages:

    $ NPM_PACKAGES="$HOME/.npm-packages" $ mkdir -p "$NPM_PACKAGES"
  2. Set NPM to use this directory for its global package installs:

    $ echo "prefix = $NPM_PACKAGES" >> ~/.npmrc
  3. Configure your PATH and MANPATH to see commands in your $NPM_PACKAGES prefix by adding the following to your .bashrc:

    # NPM packages in homedir NPM_PACKAGES="$HOME/.npm-packages" # Tell our environment about user-installed node tools PATH="$NPM_PACKAGES/bin:$PATH" # Unset manpath so we can inherit from /etc/manpath via the `manpath` command unset MANPATH # delete if you already modified MANPATH elsewhere in your configuration MANPATH="$NPM_PACKAGES/share/man:$(manpath)" # Tell Node about these packages NODE_PATH="$NPM_PACKAGES/lib/node_modules:$NODE_PATH"

Now when you do an npm install -g, NPM will install the libraries into ~/.npm-packages/lib/node_modules link executable tools into ~/.npm-packages/bin, which is in your PATH.

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