The Node Package Manager is a command line javascript package manager. It is powerful if you use build tools like gulp or if you develop server side with javascript.

The setup is simple:

place a package.json in your project folder

  "name": "project-name",
  "version": "0.1.0",
  "description": "project-name is a project which gets things done!",
  "repository": {
    "type": "git",
    "url": "git://"
  "keywords": [
    "project keywords", "another keyword"
  "author": "Florian Moser <>",
  "license": "MIT",
  "bugs": {
    "url": ""
  "homepage": "",
  "devDependencies": {
    "gulp": "^3.9.1"

Let npm do its magic

npm install

This will download / actualize all dependencies specified in the devDependencies or dependencies node.

Some other useful commands

npm install <package_name>

Install the package into the current directory. Append the flag --save or --save-dev to put the package into your dependencies.

You can download the tool from here.

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