nvm VS corepack

Compare nvm vs corepack and see what are their differences.


Node Version Manager - POSIX-compliant bash script to manage multiple active node.js versions (by nvm-sh)


Zero-runtime-dependency package acting as bridge between Node projects and their package managers (by nodejs)
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nvm corepack
304 5
72,011 1,811
1.0% 2.0%
8.1 0.0
1 day ago 17 days ago
Shell TypeScript
MIT License MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of nvm. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-11-21.


Posts with mentions or reviews of corepack. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-10-23.
  • Yarn 4.0
    10 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 23 Oct 2023
    I'd love to use Bun for my projects, but it's not integrated into Corepack yet (and therefore you cannot pin the bun version w/ checksum in package.json)


  • Every NPM package potentially compromised
    3 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 16 Nov 2021
    Recently Node 16 LTS cycle started. One month and a few days before the carry-over, a super controversial package titled `coredeps` [0] was officially declared a core module and has been bundled with all official distributions since.

    The NodeJS team refuses to discuss NPM because it's a separate 3rd party. And yet.... this NodeJS Core module comes pre-installed as a global NPM package.

    We're just getting started.

    This module installs or even reinstalls any supported package manager when you execute a script with a name that would match any that they'd recognise. Opt-in for only a short period, and intending to expand beyond package manager installations.

    Amidst all that's been going on, NPM (Nonstop Published Moments) is working on a feature that silently hijacks user commands and installs foreign software. The code found in those compromised packages operated in a similar manner and was labeled a critical severity vulnerability.

    The following might actually make you cry.

    Of these third party remote distributions it's downloading, the number of checksum, keys, or even build configurations that are being verified is 0.

    The game that Microsoft is playing with their recent acquisitions here is quite clear, but there's too much collateral damage.

    [0] https://github.com/nodejs/corepack#readme

  • Corepack: the Node.js' manager of package managers
    3 projects | dev.to | 9 Sep 2021
    The new Node.js LTS v16 will be released at the end of October (without a fancy name assigned yet), it'll have Corepack preinstalled in the default configuration since v16.9.0. πŸ‘Œ
  • Yarn 3.0 πŸš€πŸ€– Performances, ESBuild, Better Patches, ...
    3 projects | dev.to | 26 Jul 2021
    Corepack integration

What are some alternatives?

When comparing nvm and corepack you can also consider the following projects:

fnm - πŸš€ Fast and simple Node.js version manager, built in Rust

nvs - Node Version Switcher - A cross-platform tool for switching between versions and forks of Node.js

asdf - Extendable version manager with support for Ruby, Node.js, Elixir, Erlang & more

volta - Volta: JS Toolchains as Code. ⚑

SDKMan - The SDKMAN! Command Line Interface

bun - Incredibly fast JavaScript runtime, bundler, test runner, and package manager – all in one

nodist - Natural node.js and npm version manager for windows.

docker-node - Official Docker Image for Node.js :whale: :turtle: :rocket:

nvm for Windows - A node.js version management utility for Windows. Ironically written in Go.

HomeBrew - 🍺 The missing package manager for macOS (or Linux)


shelljs - :shell: Portable Unix shell commands for Node.js