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npm ci vs npm install

boxpiperapp profile image BOX PIPER Updated on ・1 min read

Starting MARCH 5, 2018, all npm users can take advantage of a new install command called npm ci.

npm install :- install new dependencies, or update existing dependencies (e.g. going from version 1 to version 2).

npm ci :- when you want to run continuous integration tools like Jenkins or GitLab, etc., it doesn't modify the package-lock.json file. It’s meant to be used in automated environments such as test platforms, continuous integration, and deployment – or any situation where you want to make sure you’re doing a clean install of your dependencies.

Essentially, npm install reads package.json to create a list of dependencies and uses package-lock.json to inform which versions of these dependencies to install.
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Sure. Currently, we use npm.