[FIXED] NPM Init and Start


I’m using npm for a local project and I want to know if I have to use npm init every time I start a session? I think the answer is yes.

If I restart my machine for example, do I have to do npm init? Do I have to do npm install and npm start each time?



No, you only have to do npm init when you’re first creating a project. It essentially just creates the package.json file (https://docs.npmjs.com/cli/init.html).

And you should only have to run npm install when you first set up a project for local development, or when changes are made to the project’s dependencies. So, usually just once, unless you’ve made changes. (https://docs.npmjs.com/cli/install.html)

npm start is a script that should be defined in your package.json, and you will likely need to run that every time you begin local development on your project.

Answered By – Evan Winter

Answer Checked By – Timothy Miller (Easybugfix Admin)

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