[NodeJS] – How to update/install an specific dependence?

Use the following command.

npm install --save --save-exact @

E.g ( npm install --save --save-exact browserify@12.0.0 )


  • If the dependence is a development dependence use --save-devinstead of --save.
  • This command should automatically update the “shrinkwrap.json” file which is a lock file for the defined dependencies in the application, however, if it doesn’t happen then remove the “node_modules” directory and the `shrinkwrap.json` file and after that run “npm install” and “npm shrinkwrap” to re-generated this file.

For further information see the NodeJS install documentation and npm-shrinkwrap documentation

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