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Version: 6.x

pnpm CLI

Differences vs npm

Unlike npm, pnpm validates all options. For example, pnpm install --foo will fail as --foo is not a valid option for pnpm install.

However, some dependencies may use the npm_config_ environment variable, which is populated from the CLI options. In this case, you have the following options:

  1. explicitly set the env variable: npm_config_foo=true pnpm install
  2. force the unknown option with --config.: pnpm install --config.foo


-C <path>, --dir <path>

Run as if pnpm was started in <path> instead of the current working directory.

-w, --workspace-root

Added in: v5.6.0

Run as if pnpm was started in the root of the workspace instead of the current working directory.


For more information, see the documentation for individual CLI commands. Here is a list of handy npm equivalents to get you started:

npm commandpnpm equivalent
npm installpnpm install
npm i <pkg>[pnpm add <pkg>]
npm run <cmd>[pnpm <cmd>]

When an unknown command is used, pnpm will search for a script with the given name, so pnpm run lint is the same as pnpm lint. If there is no script with the specified name, then pnpm will execute the command as a shell script, so you can do things like pnpm eslint (see pnpm exec).