The Easiest Way to Remove node_modules

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Working on multiple Node.js projects can quickly lead to a buildup of node_modules folders, consuming valuable disk space and possibly leading to dependency conflicts. Whether you're transitioning from npm to pnpm, dealing with outdated projects, or simply looking to declutter, manually removing these directories is a tedious task.

Fortunately, there's a streamlined solution: Npkill.


Npkill is a developer-friendly tool that effortlessly identifies and removes node_modules directories. By leveraging Npkill with npx, you can quickly clean up your workspace without the need for permanent tool installations.

Using Npkill with NPX

To get started, open your terminal and execute:

npx npkill

Navigate through your directories using the cursor arrows, and press the space bar to select and erase the node_modules folder under the cursor.

It's that easy!