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Version: 8.x

Installation

Prerequisites​

If you don't use the standalone script or @pnpm/exe to install pnpm, then you need to have Node.js (at least v16.14) to be installed on your system.

Using a standalone script​

You may install pnpm even if you don't have Node.js installed, using the following scripts.

On Windows​

Using PowerShell:

iwr https://get.pnpm.io/install.ps1 -useb | iex

On POSIX systems​

curl -fsSL https://get.pnpm.io/install.sh | sh -

If you don't have curl installed, you would like to use wget:

wget -qO- https://get.pnpm.io/install.sh | sh -

On Alpine Linux​

# bash
wget -qO- https://get.pnpm.io/install.sh | ENV="$HOME/.bashrc" SHELL="$(which bash)" bash -
# sh
wget -qO- https://get.pnpm.io/install.sh | ENV="$HOME/.shrc" SHELL="$(which sh)" sh -
# dash
wget -qO- https://get.pnpm.io/install.sh | ENV="$HOME/.dashrc" SHELL="$(which dash)" dash -

Installing a specific version​

Prior to running the install script, you may optionally set an env variable PNPM_VERSION to install a specific version of pnpm:

curl -fsSL https://get.pnpm.io/install.sh | env PNPM_VERSION=<version> sh -
tip

You may use the pnpm env command then to install Node.js.

Using Corepack​

Since v16.13, Node.js is shipping Corepack for managing package managers. This is an experimental feature, so you need to enable it by running:

corepack enable

If you installed Node.js using Homebrew, you'll need to install corepack separately:

brew install corepack

This will automatically install pnpm on your system. However, it probably won't be the latest version of pnpm. To upgrade it, check what is the latest pnpm version and run:

corepack prepare pnpm@<version> --activate

With Node.js v16.17 or newer, you may install the latest version of pnpm by just specifying the tag:

corepack prepare pnpm@latest --activate

Using npm​

We provide two packages of pnpm CLI, pnpm and @pnpm/exe.

  • pnpm is a ordinary version of pnpm, which needs Node.js to run.
  • @pnpm/exe is packaged with Node.js into an executable, so it may be used on a system with no Node.js installed.
npm install -g pnpm

or

npm install -g @pnpm/exe

Using Homebrew​

If you have the package manager installed, you can install pnpm using the following command:

brew install pnpm

Using winget​

If you have winget installed, you can install pnpm using the following command:

winget install pnpm

Using Scoop​

If you have Scoop installed, you can install pnpm using the following command:

scoop install nodejs-lts pnpm

Using Choco​

If you have Chocolatey installed, you can install pnpm using the following command:

choco install pnpm
tip

Do you wanna use pnpm on CI servers? See: Continuous Integration.

Compatibility​

Here is a list of past pnpm versions with respective Node.js version support.

Node.jspnpm 5pnpm 6pnpm 7pnpm 8
Node.js 12✔️✔️❌❌
Node.js 14✔️✔️✔️❌
Node.js 16?️✔️✔️✔️
Node.js 18?️✔️✔️✔️
Node.js 20?️?✔️✔️

Troubleshooting​

If pnpm is broken and you cannot fix it by reinstalling, you might need to remove it manually from the PATH.

Let's assume you have the following error when running pnpm install:

C:\src>pnpm install
internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:883
throw err;
^



Error: Cannot find module 'C:\Users\Bence\AppData\Roaming\npm\pnpm-global\4\node_modules\pnpm\bin\pnpm.js'
←[90m at Function.Module._resolveFilename (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:880:15)←[39m
←[90m at Function.Module._load (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:725:27)←[39m
←[90m at Function.executeUserEntryPoint [as runMain] (internal/modules/run_main.js:72:12)←[39m
←[90m at internal/main/run_main_module.js:17:47←[39m {
code: ←[32m'MODULE_NOT_FOUND'←[39m,
requireStack: []
}

First, try to find the location of pnpm by running: which pnpm. If you're on Windows, run this command in Git Bash. You'll get the location of the pnpm command, for instance:

$ which pnpm
/c/Program Files/nodejs/pnpm

Now that you know where the pnpm CLI is, open that directory and remove any pnpm-related files (pnpm.cmd, pnpx.cmd, pnpm, etc). Once done, install pnpm again and it should work as expected.

Using a shorter alias​

pnpm might be hard to type, so you may use a shorter alias like pn instead.

Adding a permanent alias on POSIX systems​

Just put the following line to your .bashrc, .zshrc, or config.fish:

alias pn=pnpm

Adding a permanent alias in Powershell (Windows):​

In a Powershell window with admin rights, execute:

notepad $profile.AllUsersAllHosts

In the profile.ps1 file that opens, put:

set-alias -name pn -value pnpm

Save the file and close the window. You may need to close any open Powershell window in order for the alias to take effect.

Uninstalling pnpm​

If you need to remove the pnpm CLI from your system and any files it has written to your disk, see Uninstalling pnpm.