How to Update a Node Dependency with NPM

It's important to keep your dependencies up-to-date in your package.json file. When relying on 3rd-party code you want to make sure you're pulling in security fixes, performance improvements, and general bug fixes. However, since your project's package-lock.json file pins a specific version of a package you'll occasionally need to update those records to pull in the latest compatible version, test it, and deploy it to your project.

In this tutorial we'll:

  • Use npm outdated to get a list of a project's dependencies that can be updated
  • Update an existing Node dependency to a new version
  • Update an existing Node dependency to a new major version

By the end of this tutorial, you'll be able to update dependency versions in your package.json file with npm.

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