Easily find and remove old and heavy node_modules folders
This tool allows you to list any node_modules directories in your system, as well as the space they take up. You can then select which ones you want to erase to free up space. Yay!
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Table of Contents
- Set Up Locally
- Known bugs
- Buy us a coffee
Clear space: Get rid of old and dusty node_modules cluttering up your machine.
Last Workspace Usage: Check when was the last time you modified a file in the workspace (indicated in the last_mod column).
Very fast: NPKILL is written in TypeScript, but searches are performed at a low level, improving performance greatly.
Easy to use: Say goodbye to lengthy commands. Using npkill is as simple as reading a list of your node_modules, and pressing Del to get rid of them. Could it be any easier? ;)
Minified: It barely has any dependencies.
You don't really need to install it to use it! Simply use the following command:
$ npx npkill
Or if for some reason you really want to install it:
$ npm i -g npkill # Unix users may need to run the command with sudo. Go carefully
NPKILL does not support node<v14. If this affects you you can use
$ npx npkill # or just npkill if installed globally
By default, npkill will scan for node_modules starting at the path where
npkill command is executed.
Move between the listed folders with ↓ ↑, and use Space or Del to delete the selected folder. You can also use j and k to move between the results
To exit, Q or Ctrl + c if you're brave.
Important! Some applications installed on the system need their node_modules directory to work and deleting them may break them. NPKILL will highlight them by displaying a
|-c, --bg-color||Change row highlight color. (Available: blue, cyan, magenta, white, red and yellow)|
|-d, --directory||Set the directory from which to begin searching. By default, starting-point is .|
|-D, --delete-all||CURRENTLY DISABLED. Automatically delete all node_modules folders that are found|
|-e, --hide-errors||Hide errors if any|
|-E, --exclude||Exclude directories from search (directory list must be inside double quotes "", each directory separated by ',' ) Example: "ignore1, ignore2"|
|-f, --full||Start searching from the home of the user (example: "/home/user" in linux)|
|-gb||Show folders in Gigabytes instead of Megabytes.|
|-h, --help, ?||Show this help page and exit|
|-nu, --no-check-update||Don't check for updates on startup|
|-s, --sort||Sort results by:
|-t, --target||Specify the name of the directories you want to search (by default, is node_modules)|
|-x, --exclude-hidden-directories||Exclude hidden directories ("dot" directories) from search.|
|-v, --version||Show npkill version|
Warning: In future versions some commands may change
- Search node_modules directories in your projects directory:
npkill -d ~/projects # other alternative: cd ~/projects npkill
- List directories named "dist" and show errors if any occur:
npkill --target dist -e
- Displays the magenta color cursor... because I like magenta!
npkill --color magenta
- List vendor directories in your projects directory, sort by size, and show size in gb:
npkill -d '~/more projects' -gb --sort size --target vendor
- List node_modules in your projects directory, excluding the ones in progress and ignore-this directories:
npkill -d 'projects' --exclude "progress, ignore-this"
- Automatically delete all node_modules that have sneaked into your backups:
# Disabled for security reasons (you can use it in version 0.2.4 at your risk) npkill -d ~/backups/ --delete-all
📟 Set Up Locally
# -- First, clone the repository git clone https://github.com/voidcosmos/npkill.git # -- Navigate to the dir cd npkill # -- Install dependencies npm install # -- And run! npm run start # -- If you want to run it with some parameter, you will have to add "--" as in the following example: npm run start -- -f -e
- Release 0.1.0 !
- Improve code
- Improve performance
- Improve performance even more!
- Sort results by size and path
- Allow the search for other types of directories (targets)
- Reduce dependencies to be a more minimalist module
- Allow to filter by directories that have not been used in a period of time
- Create option for displaying directories in tree format
- Add some menus
- Add log service
- Periodic and automatic cleaning (?)
🐛 Known bugs 🐛
- Sometimes, CLI is blocked while folder is deleting.
- Some terminals that do not use TTY (like git bash in windows) do not work.
- Sorting, especially by routes, can slow down the terminal when there are many results at the same time.
- Sometimes, size calculations are higher than they should be.
- (SOLVED) Performance issues when searching from high level directories (like / in linux).
- (SOLVED) Sometimes text collapses when updating the cli.
- (SOLVED) Analyzing the size of the directories takes longer than it should.
If you find any bugs, don't hesitate and open an issue :)
If you want to contribute check the CONTRIBUTING.md
☕ Buy us a coffee
We will continue to do things anyway, but donations are one of the many ways to support what we do.
A huge thank you to our backers
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