A few weeks ago I posted about local-npm-packages.
While this is cool, one of the major drawbacks that I noted is that you can’t share or collaborate with this. The package is completely local.
After that post I decided I need to post that package somewhere, but I’m not committed enough to needing a private npmjs subscription. I wanted to find out whether or not I can post that package on a server I already own. It turns out that the wonderful folks at npm have provided a way for this! You can host a package a number of different ways and use npm to pull those packages, even from other sources.
npm i git+ssh://[email protected]:organization/my-package#1.0.0 -D
Here are some pros to this:
- It can be private or public, depending on the repo.
- If you have free private repos then it’s free!
…and the cons:
- The semver distribution isn’t as cool. It’s using a git repo and not a package version, so you have to use tags to version your package. From what I can tell it’s just not as polished.
- npm has done a ton of amazing performance tricks to make npm sing. You don’t get that out of the box whan you host it yourself on a git service. Which is totally fair. Their made to server
- git, which is not npm packages!
You can find more info over at the npm docs.