How to Install Yarn on Debian 10
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This tutorial explains how to install Yarn on Debian 10, Buster. We will also cover the basics of how to use Yarn to create a new project and add/remove dependencies.
Installing Yarn on Debian 10
Perform the following steps as root or user with sudo privileges to install Yarn on Debian 10:
Yarn package is available in the Yarn repository. Run the following commands to import the repository’s GPG key and enable the APT repository:
curl -sS https://dl.yarnpkg.com/debian/pubkey.gpg | sudo apt-key add -
echo "deb https://dl.yarnpkg.com/debian/ stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/yarn.list
Once the repository is enabled, update the package index and install Yarn, with:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install yarn
If Node.js is not installed on your system, the command above will install it. If you a using nvm can skip the Node.js installation with:
sudo apt install --no-install-recommends yarn
Verify the installation by printing the Yarn version number:
At the time of writing this article, the latest version is
Now that Yarn has been installed on your Debian system let’s explore some of the most common Yarn commands.
Creating a new project
To create a new Yarn project, enter
yarn init followed by the project name. For example, to create a project named
my_project you would type:
yarn init my_project
The script will ask you several questions. You can either answer or press
enter to use the default values:
yarn init v1.21.1 question name (alex): Linuxize question version (1.0.0): 0.0.1 question description: Testing Yarn question entry point (index.js): question repository url: question author: Linuxize question license (MIT): question private: success Saved package.json Done in 20.18s.
All that the command does is creating a basic
package.json file containing the information you provided. This file can be modified at any time.
You can also initiate a Yarn project in an existing directory. To do so, navigate to the directory and execute:
To add a package as a dependency to your project, use the
yarn add command followed by the package name:
yarn add [package_name]
The command will install the package and any packages that it depends on and update the project’s
By default, if only the package name is given, Yarn installs the latest version. To install a specific version or tag, use the following syntax:
yarn add [package_name]@[version_or_tag]
To upgrade the packages, use one of the following commands:
yarn upgrade [package_name]
yarn upgrade [package_name]@[version_or_tag]
If no package name is given, the command will update the project dependencies to their latest version according to the version range specified in the package.json file. Otherwise, only the specified packages are updated.
To remove a package from the project’s dependencies invoke the
yarn remove command followed by the package name:
yarn remove [package_name]
The command also updates the project’s
Installing all project dependencies
To install all the dependencies of an existing project that are specified in the
package.json file run:
We have shown you how to install Yarn on your Debian 10 machine. For more information about Yarn visit the Yarn documentation page.
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