Use npm3 on Azure Web Apps (formerly known as Azure Websites)
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Use npm@3 on Azure Web Apps

The new version of everyone's favourite Node package manager, npm@3, contains two major improvements making the life of developers dramatically easier: Flat module installation and a multi-stage installer. If you somehow stumbled into this repository not knowing why you should use npm@3, check out this blog post.

Regular Node.js Deployments

To use npm@3 on Azure Websites for regular Node projects, copy .deployment and to your project's root folder.

Custom Deployments

To integrate npm@3 in your custom deployments, simply change your or deploy.cmd to use npm@3.1.0 as installed in $PROGRAMFILES\npm\3.1.0. For a, use for instance the following instruction:

NPM_CMD="\"$NODE_EXE\" \"$PROGRAMFILES\\npm\\3.1.0\\node_modules\\npm\\bin\\npm-cli.js\""

There Be Dragons

Before you install npm@3 and use it in production, be warned that this is still beta software (as of July 2015), with potentially a bunch of breaking changes and unknown bugs. Obviously, the whole node community and npm are working hard to get it production-ready as quickly as possible. To quote npm: "During that time we will still be doing npm@2 releases, with npm@2 tagged as latest and next. We'll also be publishing new releases of npm@3 as npm@3.0-next and npm@3.0-latest alongside those versions until we're ready to switch everyone over to npm@3."

Please note that using this script means that your npm version is locked until you change this script. If you'd like to check which versions of npm are available, simply open up the debug console of your web app (available at and cd into D:\Program Files (x86)\npm\, where you'll find all preinstalled versions of npm.