What is NPM?
NPM is a Node.js package Manager. It provides a bunch of open source packages.
If we need to execute a package using NPM, we need to install it first.
To install a package ,we need to run the following code
Then to run this package, execute the following command:
What is NPX?
With NPX, we can run and execute packages without having to install locally and globally.
When running NPM executables with NPX, if a package is installed, NPX will search for the package binaries and then run the package.
If the package was not previously installed, NPX will not install the package in your system; instead, it will create a temporary cache that will hold the package binaries. Once the execution is over, NPX will remove the installed cache binaries from the system.
This way, your globals stays clean. This saves disk space and allows you to run a package only when it’s needed. It also gives you the advantage of testing packages without having to install them.
For executing a package using NPX, we do not need to install the package. All we need to do is run the following command.
Now we have gained familiarity with the tools of NPM and NPX. NPM is a package manager used to install, update or remove packages and dependencies your project requires. NPX is an NPM package used to execute any package on the NPM registry directly without installing it.