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dependencies not showing in package.json in Node.js

I am new to node.js. I know when I install a new module in node.js using npm install it gets installed but in package.json i cant find the package name in dependencies. I know i can type it out but it should appear when i install it using command prompt it should appear. Here’s my package.json file. `

  "name": "mapfeedback-test",
  "version": "1.0.0",
  "description": "Map feedback Javascript Test library 1.0",
  "main": "client.js",
  "bin": {
    "mapfeedback-test": "server.js"
  "directories": {
    "doc": "docs"
  "dependencies": {},
  "devDependencies": {},
  "scripts": {
    "test": "echo "Error: no test specified" && exit 1",
    "start": "node server.js"
  "repository": {
    "type": "git",
    "url": "ssh://[email protected]:29418/CommunityPlatform/testing/mapfeedback-test"
  "author": "",
  "license": "ISC",
  "keywords": [] }

Please advice and let me know if I am wrong at something.

I use npm install command to install all the packages but its not showing in the dependencies.



Quickest way to fix this would be to run:

npm install <dependencies listed here> --save

And that should add them to the package.json


Couple of extra commands for future viewers of the OP:

To add the package to your devDependencies instead of dependencies

npm install <dependencies listed here> --save-dev

There are also some handy shortcuts for both commands:


  • npm i <dependencies listed here> -S


  • npm i <dependencies listed here> -D

The npm documentation is here.

And if you are a fan of shortcuts and npm configuration here is a useful link to find even more.