Secret ingredients to quality software

Do you keep your npm and yarn packages up to date?

Last updated by Brady Stroud [SSW] on 20 May 2021 04:30 am (3 months ago) See History

Npm packages often get new releases (adding new functionalities, fixing bugs or vulnerabilities). It is important to keep the packages updated as much as possible during the development of your application. The best way to do that is to update all the packages every time you add a new package to your application, and include the npm outdated and npm audit reports in the Sprint Review. These commands are also available with yarn with yarn outdated and yarn audit.

npm outdated returns an overview of your packages: the version, the wanted version (the maximum version of the package that satisfies the semver range specified in package.json) and the latest version of the package.

npm outdated
Figure: Use 'npm outdated'

  • Red indicates the package version is below the wanted version.
  • Yellow indicates the package version is at the wanted version but below the latest version.

npm audit returns an audit on your packages for vulnerabilities. It also provides information on how to resolve them.

npm audit
Figure: Use 'npm audit' to discover vulnerabilities in your application

To add a new package, use npm install package-name or yarn add package-name.

To update your packages, use npm update package-name or yarn upgrade package-name. Yarn also has a useful tool called yarn upgrade-interactive that allows you to see which packages are outdated, and upgrade them all at once.

upgrade interactive
Figure: Using yarn upgrade-interactive

Note: Use yarn upgrade-interactive --latest to see outdated packages with breaking changes.

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