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Checks that given package is installed globally or locally.

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(TOC generated by verb using markdown-toc)


Install with npm

$ npm install detect-installed --save

or install using yarn

$ yarn add detect-installed


For more use-cases see the tests

const detectInstalled = require('detect-installed')



Detect if some package nameis installed globally or locally. By default checks if it exists in globally installed modules, using global-modules. Pass opts.local to check if it exists in locally installed modules or in opts.cwd dir.


  • name {String}: package name
  • opts {Object}: pass opts.local to check locally
  • returns {Promise}: always resolved promise, never rejected


const detectInstalled = require('detect-installed')

detectInstalled('npm').then((exists) => {
  console.log(exists) // => true

detectInstalled('foo-bar-barwerwlekrjw').then((exists) => {
  console.log(exists) // => false

detectInstalled('npm', {
  local: true
}).then((exists) => {
  console.log(exists) // => false

detectInstalled('global-modules', {
  local: true
}).then((exists) => {
  console.log(exists) // => true

// If you are using it for some sub-directory
// pass `opts.cwd` to be where the `node_modules`
// folder is.
detectInstalled('global-modules', {
  local: true,
  cwd: '../'
}).then((exists) => console.log(exists)) // => true


Synchronously check if package name exists as locally or globally installed modules.


  • name {String}: package name
  • opts {Object}: pass opts.local to check locally
  • returns {Boolean}: false, if error or not exists globally/locally


const detectInstalled = require('detect-installed')

const exists = detectInstalled.sync('npm') // => true
const result = detectInstalled.sync('global-modules', { local: true }) // => true


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Pull requests and stars are always welcome. For bugs and feature requests, please create an issue.
Please read the contributing guidelines for advice on opening issues, pull requests, and coding standards.
If you need some help and can spent some cash, feel free to contact me at too.

In short: If you want to contribute to that project, please follow these things

  1. Please DO NOT edit, and files. See "Building docs" section.
  2. Ensure anything is okey by installing the dependencies and run the tests. See "Running tests" section.
  3. Always use npm run commit to commit changes instead of git commit, because it is interactive and user-friendly. It uses commitizen behind the scenes, which follows Conventional Changelog idealogy.
  4. Do NOT bump the version in package.json. For that we use npm run release, which is standard-version and follows Conventional Changelog idealogy.

Thanks a lot! :)

Building docs

Documentation and that readme is generated using verb-generate-readme, which is a verb generator, so you need to install both of them and then run verb command like that

$ npm install verbose/verb#dev verb-generate-readme --global && verb

Please don't edit the README directly. Any changes to the readme must be made in

Running tests

Clone repository and run the following in that cloned directory

$ npm install && npm test


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Copyright © 2016, Charlike Mike Reagent. Released under the MIT license.

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Checks that given package name is installed locally or globally. Support sync and callback api.




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