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NPM Task Runner

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Download the extension at the VS Gallery or get the nightly build

Adds support for npm scripts defined in package.json directly in Visual Studio's Task Runner Explorer.

Yarn support

If a yarn.lock, .yarnclean, or .yarnrc file exists in the same directory as package.json, then the Yarn CLI is being called instead of npm. This requires that you have manually installed Yarn. A minimum Yarn version of v0.22.0 is recommended for the best results.

npm scripts

Inside package.json it is possible to add custom scripts inside the "scripts" element.

	"name": "test",
	"version": "1.0.0",
	"scripts": {
		"watch-test": "mocha --watch --reporter spec test",
		"build-js": "browserify -t reactify app/js/main.js | uglifyjs -mc > static/bundle.js"

Task Runner Explorer

Open Task Runner Explorer by right-clicking the package.json file and select Task Runner Explorer from the context menu:

Open Task Runner Explorer

Execute scripts

When scripts are specified, the Task Runner Explorer will show those scripts.

Task list

Each script can be executed by double-clicking the task.


Verbose output

A button for turning verbose output on and off is located at the left toolbar.

Verbose Output

The button is a toggle button that can be left on or off for as long as needed.


Script bindings make it possible to associate individual scripts with Visual Studio events such as "After build" etc.

Visual Studio bindings


Apache 2.0