How To Downgrade NPM Version & Packages

If you want to downgrade your npm version or individual packages it is actually quite easy. In this article, we are going to show you how.

Downgrade npm Version

1. Check If npm Is Installed

The first thing you need to do is make sure npm is actually installed on your system. You can do so by running this command:

npm --version
// 8.19.3

If the command is not recognized, you will have to download it first.

2. Downgrade To a Specific npm Version

If you know what npm version you want to downgrade to, you can simply run this command:

npm install -g npm@<version>

// example with version 5.10.0
npm install -g npm@5.10.0

// check version 
npm --version // 5.10.0

You can find specific versions on npm here.

3. Upgrading Back To The Latest npm Version

If you want to upgrade back to the latest npm version you may have some troubles if your npm version does not match your npm version. For that reason, you will need to uninstall node.js and reinstall it.

  1. Go to Control panel > program and features > Node.js then uninstall
  2. Find your npm file locally and delete it
  3. Go to the nodejs website and download the version and install it.

Doing this should give you the latest version of npm again:

npm --version
// 9.4.0

Downgrade npm Packages

Additionally, you can downgrade npm packages. All you need to do is run this command:

npm install <package>@<version>

// example: installing jquery 2
npm install jquery@2
// example: installing jquery 3
npm install jquery@3

As you can see in the example above, this is how we downgrade the version of jquery we are using from 2 to 3.

If you don’t know what version you want to downgrade to but want to find out, you can also find the version history on under the versions tab. Here is a link to this tab for jquery.


That’s about it! If you want to downgrade your npm version or package all you need to do is run those commands.

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