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How can I install an npm package from my bitbucket repository?

How can I install an npm package from my bitbucket repository?

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Ana Retamal
Atlassian Team
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Mar 19, 2018

Hi Robert!

You can do that by typing 

npm install git+ssh://{user}/{repository}.git

I also found a blog that might be useful for you: npm install modules from Bitbucket private repositories.

Hope that helps!


Is not working for me... 

Like David Tremblay-Fafard likes this

If my ssh has a passphrase, npm is stuck without any prompt to enter passphrase or throwing an error. If I try to use https, npm throws  "To make a call, you need to use an app password." If I create an app password I cannot do it for each project and that makes all my projects visible with the password. Do you have any other alternatives in this scenario?

I solved the above issue by using ssh with a passphrase. When npm install is stuck without any prompt, I just enter the passphrase for my ssh file and it works as expected. If entering your passphrase first time didn't work, try entering it multiple times (max 3 times).

can also use ssh-agent to avoid passphrase during npm install

what other form of authentication apart from SSH is allowed to access the package?

The "proper" way to do this (if not using a private package repository) is to use https authentication instead of ssh. Create a deploy key for the repository you wish to use as a dependency and put that into your "package.json" like so

  1. i Add "mymodule": "git+" to dependencies within my project 
  2.  run npm install, they prompt a dialog to enter username and pass
  3. Voila! works


I suppose you may need to create ssh key and add it to your bitbucket settings in case your module is private 

It works for me, but when running `npm install` or `npm update` any package that has been installed using the suggested way gets removed. It's annoying because it's really easy to miss since you have to scan package-lock.json for the change.

EDIT: For clarity, the repos that this is happening with are private (but I can initially install etc, so I do have access via git)

Adam, try adding -S (for dependency) or -D (for devDependency).

npm install -S git+ssh://{user}/{repository}.git

That will save the dependency to your package.json so next time you install it should not get removed.

Right, but that's not what's happening. Like I said, the package gets removed from the lockfile when running `npm install` (and it would never have been in the lockfile if I hadn't used -S or -D). I've never seen this happen with any other package, so I'm guessing that it has to do with Bitbucket.

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