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Version: 9.x

pnpm add <pkg>

Installs a package and any packages that it depends on. By default, any new package is installed as a production dependency.


pnpm add saxSave to dependencies
pnpm add -D saxSave to devDependencies
pnpm add -O saxSave to optionalDependencies
pnpm add -g sax Install package globally
pnpm add sax@nextInstall from the next tag
pnpm add sax@3.0.0Specify version 3.0.0

Supported package locations

Install from npm registry

pnpm add package-name will install the latest version of package-name from the npm registry by default.

If executed in a workspace, the command will first try to check whether other projects in the workspace use the specified package. If so, the already used version range will be installed.

You may also install packages by:

  • tag: pnpm add express@nightly
  • version: pnpm add express@1.0.0
  • version range: pnpm add express@2 react@">=0.1.0 <0.2.0"

Install from the workspace

Note that when adding dependencies and working within a workspace, packages will be installed from the configured sources, depending on whether or not link-workspace-packages is set, and use of the workspace: range protocol.

Install from local file system

There are two ways to install from the local file system:

  1. from a tarball file (.tar, .tar.gz, or .tgz)
  2. from a directory


pnpm add ./package.tar.gz
pnpm add ./some-directory

When you install from a directory, a symlink will be created in the current project's node_modules, so it is the same as running pnpm link.

Install from remote tarball

The argument must be a fetchable URL starting with "http://" or "https://".


pnpm add

Install from Git repository

pnpm add <git remote url>

Installs the package from the hosted Git provider, cloning it with Git. You can use a protocol for certain Git providers. For example, pnpm add github:user/repo

You may install from Git by:

  • latest commit from master: pnpm add kevva/is-positive
  • commit: pnpm add kevva/is-positive#97edff6f525f192a3f83cea1944765f769ae2678
  • branch: pnpm add kevva/is-positive#master
  • version range: pnpm add kevva/is-positive#semver:^2.0.0

You may also install just a subdirectory from a Git-hosted monorepo. For instance:

pnpm add myorg/repo#path:packages/foo

It is possible to combine multiple parameters by separating them with &. For instance, you can extend the above command by specifying which branch to fetch from:

pnpm add myorg/repo#path:packages/foo&next


--save-prod, -P

Install the specified packages as regular dependencies.

--save-dev, -D

Install the specified packages as devDependencies.

--save-optional, -O

Install the specified packages as optionalDependencies.

--save-exact, -E

Saved dependencies will be configured with an exact version rather than using pnpm's default semver range operator.


Using --save-peer will add one or more packages to peerDependencies and install them as dev dependencies.


Adding a new dependency to the root workspace package fails, unless the --ignore-workspace-root-check or -w flag is used.

For instance, pnpm add debug -w.

--global, -g

Install a package globally.


Only adds the new dependency if it is found in the workspace.

--filter <package_selector>

Read more about filtering.