Updating packages is essential to get the latest features and reduce security issues. npm-check-updates is an npm package that makes the process of updating packages easier. Here's my flow of how I update packages.
If you don't want to install the package globally, you can run it with npx.
01npm install -g npm-check-updates
What does it do?
When you run the command below, you will get an overview of all packages that have updates available.
Safely updating packages
We will be updating packages in turns. First, we update the least impactful, followed by minor versions and last but not least, the packages that have breaking changes.Before moving to the next step, we run npm i, checking if something breaks.
01npx npm-check-updates -u -t patch
01npx npm-check-updates -u -t patch --deep
01npx npm-check-updates -u -t minor
01npx npm-check-updates -u -t minor --deep
A change in major versions usually indicates that there are breaking changes. So look up the package and go and check the release notes. Once you do, you have two options. You could update all the major versions with
npx ncu -u -t major, but it's better to update them one by one.
01npx npm-check-updates -u -f eslint
--filter lets you filter the packages you want to update. After that, you can proceed to the next major package that needs an update.