Set the npm registry used on your computer

Posted on Jun 15, 2022

Learn how to set the npm registry used on your computer

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The npm registry is the place where npm will look for information about the packages you asked for.

You can think of the registry as a public database where you can check out available packages and download them.

As of today, the default npm public registry is found at https://registry.npmjs.org.

You can check the registry by running the npm config get registry command in your terminal:

$ npm config get registry
https://registry.npmjs.org/

To change the registry, you can run the npm config set registry command, followed by the registry URL:

npm config set registry <registry-url>

Sometimes, you have packages that are not available in the default registry.

For example, installing packages from Bit Cloud requires you to add its registry as a scoped registry.

Here’s how you set a scoped registry:

npm config set '@scope:registry' <registry-url>

When you install a package with a specific @scope, npm will look for the package from the registry you specified above.

One example of public packages that uses a scope is Angular with its @angular scope:

Suppose I have a company named Sebhastian and I have created a private registry for my npm packages at https://node.sebhastian.io

All packages published under my registry will be set to use the @sebhastian owner scope, just like Angular above.

I can set the registry in the config like this:

npm config set '@sebhastian:registry' https://node.sebhastian.io

Whenever I run an install as follows:

npm install @sebhastian/core

Then npm will look into node.sebhastian.io for the package.

Now you’ve learned how to set the npm registry used on your computer. Good work! 👍

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