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A package.json linter for Node projects

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What is npm-package-json-lint?

npm-package-json-lint helps enforce standards for your package.json file. This helps to ensure that your files are of the highest standard and quality. It is also customisable to match your specific project guidline requirements/desires. It has support for both command line and programmatic usage. Currently it can check for:

  • validity of data types in nodes. Ex: name should always be a string.
  • whether a string is a lowercase
  • whether a version number is a valid
  • the presence of a given module
  • the presence of a pre-release version of a module
  • the presence of an author
  • the presence of any bugs
  • valid dependencies
  • valid licenses
  • and much more!

Please see the website for a list of rules.

Install and Use

First thing first, let's make sure you have the necessary pre-requisites.

System Dependencies


Use the cli

Use cli globally

  • npm install npm-package-json-lint -g

Use cli in project

  • npm install npm-package-json-lint

Using the linter

From the command line
  • Once npm-package-json-lint is installed either in the project or globally it can be run with the following command, npx npm-package-json-lint. This will go through the process of linting/validating your code to meet your desired specifications.
In the program
  • The linter can also be used as a module in the program and the output be displayed via a log message. Adding the following code to your file can accomplish this.

    const npmPackageJsonLint = require("npm-package-json-lint");
    const result = npmPackageJsonLint.lintFiles(["package.json"]);

Custom Configuration

npm-package-json-lint has the ability to be constomly configured to match your desires. To configure the linter navigate to the .npmpackagejsonlintrc file in the repository and add in or remove your desired rules.

Local Development

Follow these steps to get your local environement set up to allow you to contribute to the repository

  1. In the terminal, navigate to the directory in which you want the repository to be cloned.
  2. Run this command from the terminal, git clone
  3. After cloning the repository navigate into the project's root directory from the terminal.
  4. Run "npm install" to install the necessary dependencies.
  5. Your local environment is now set up to create PR's and work on different issues



Quick links

CLI commands and configuration | Node.js API | Integrations

Migrating from v6.x.x to 7.x.x

Please see the migration guide.

Migrating from v5.x.x to 6.x.x

Please see the migration guide.

Migrating from v4.x.x to 5.x.x

Please see the migration guide.

Migrating from v3.x.x to 4.x.x

Please see the migration guide.

Migrating from v2.x.x to 3.x.x

Please see the migration guide.

Migrating from v1.x.x to 2.x.x

Please see the migration guide.

Migrating from v0.x.x to 1.x.x

Please see the migration guide.


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Release History

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Copyright (c) 2016-2023 Thomas Lindner. Licensed under the MIT license.