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Benchmarks of JavaScript Package Managers

Last benchmarked at: Aug 23, 2021, 2:45 AM (daily updated).

This benchmark compares the performance of npm, pnpm, and Yarn (both regular and PnP variant).

Here's a quick explanation of how these tests could apply to the real world:

  • clean install: How long it takes to run a totally fresh install: no lockfile present, no packages in the cache, no node_modules folder.
  • with cache, with lockfile, with node_modules: After the first install is done, the install command is run again.
  • with cache, with lockfile: When a repo is fetched by a developer and installation is first run.
  • with cache: Same as the one above, but the package manager doesn't have a lockfile to work from.
  • with lockfile: When an installation runs on a CI server.
  • with cache, with node_modules: The lockfile is deleted and the install command is run again.
  • with node_modules, with lockfile: The package cache is deleted and the install command is run again.
  • with node_modules: The package cache and the lockfile is deleted and the install command is run again.
  • update: Updating your dependencies by changing the version in the package.json and running the install command again.

Lots of Files#

The app's package.json here

actioncachelockfilenode_modulesnpmpnpmYarnYarn PnP
install53s22.5s1m 1.4s49.1s
install2.4s1.5s2.6sn/a
install14.3s5s15s2.1s
install19.4s8.6s22.3s8.1s
install31.9s15.8s53.7s40.4s
install20.4s2.1s8.8sn/a
install2.3s1.6s41.1sn/a
install20.4s7.1s46.8sn/a

Graph of the alotta-files results