NPM Plugin

The NPM plugin can be used for Node.js projects that use NPM (or Yarn) as the package manager.


In addition to the common plugin and sources keywords, this plugin provides the following plugin-specific keywords:


Type: boolean Default: False

When set to true, the plugin downloads and includes the Node.js binaries and its dependencies in the resulting package. If npm-include-node is true, then npm-node-version must be defined.


Type: string Default: null

Which version of Node.js to download and include in the final package. Required if npm-include-node is set to true.

The option accepts an NVM-style version string; you can specify one of:

  • exact version (e.g. "20.12.2")

  • major+minor version (e.g. "20.12")

  • major version (e.g. "20")

  • LTS code name (e.g. "lts/iron")

  • latest mainline version ("node")

When specifying a non-exact version identifier, the plugin selects the latest version that satisfies the specified version range. If the version picked by the plugin does not publish binaries for the target architecture, the plugin picks the nearest version that both satisfies the version range and also publishes binaries for the target architecture.


In the nvm utility, you can specify system to use the system Node.js package, but this is unsupported in this plugin, as we are using upstream Node.js binaries.

Also, the iojs specifier is unsupported in this plugin, as the iojs project was merged back to Node.js circa. 2015. Using a very old iojs runtime poses a significant security hazard. If your project still requires a JavaScript runtime from nearly a decade ago, consider migrating to the modern Node.js runtime.


The following example declares a part using the npm plugin. In this example, we show how you may build the terser utility (a utility for compressing and obfuscating JavaScript code). It uses the latest mainline stable version of Node.js and includes a copy of the Node.js runtime inside the final package.

        plugin: npm
        source-type: git
        npm-include-node: true
        npm-node-version: "node"

Another example that shows how to install an application that is published to the npm registry but does not require a Node.js runtime to run.

        plugin: npm
        source-type: tar
        npm-include-node: false
        # use Node.js Snap during the build-time only
            - node