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How to Delete "node_modules" In a Style

How to Delete "node_modules" In a Style

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Basim Hennawi

Published on Oct 25, 2021

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For Javascript projects, the node_modules folder is used to save all downloaded packages from npm locally in your computer. JS developers often complain that their hard drive is mysteriously always full.

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Every time you start a new (side) project and enter npm install it downloads a bunch of JS files into the node_modules folder that you totally forget about after you abandon this project.

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You could go to every node_modules folder and click "Right Click" then "Delete" or you can use the following command for Mac / Linux OS:

rm -rf node_modules

The command above will first delete the content of node_modules recursively until all of it is deleted, then it will remove the node_modules folder too.

If you are a senior developer, you might create a bash script to find all the node_modules folder and delete them as follow:

find . -name "node_modules" -type d -prune -exec rm -rf '{}' +

But here is how you can delete your node_modules folder in a style which I find it the smartest way to get the job done is to run:

npx npkill

It will traverse your file system and find all the node_modules folders that can be removed, give you a breakdown of their sizes and allow you to delete them one by one by hitting the space bar.

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That's it!

For more details, check out npkill package.

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