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npm-explore(1) -- Browse an installed package


npm explore <name>[@<version>] [ -- <cmd>]


Spawn a subshell in the directory of the installed package specified.

If a command is specified, then it is run in the subshell, which then immediately terminates.

This is particularly handy in the case of git submodules in the node_modules folder:

npm explore some-dependency -- git pull origin master

Note that the package is not automatically rebuilt afterwards, so be sure to use npm rebuild <pkg> if you make any changes.



  • Default: SHELL environment variable, or "bash" on Posix, or "cmd" on Windows
  • Type: path

The shell to run for the npm explore command.


  • npm-submodule(1)
  • npm-folders(1)
  • npm-edit(1)
  • npm-rebuild(1)
  • npm-build(1)
  • npm-install(1)
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