alexandernst alexandernst - 9 months ago 50
Node.js Question

NodeJS require a global module/package

I'm trying to install globally and then use

like this:

npm install -g forever forever-monitor

I see the usual output and also the operations that copy the files to the global path, but then if I try to
I get an error saying that the module wasn't found.

I'm using latest version of both node and npm and I already know about the change that npm made in global vs local install, but I really don't want to install localy on every project and I'm working on a platform that doesn't support
npm link
after a global install isn't possible for me.

My question is: why I can't require a globally installed package? Is that a feature or a bug? Or am I doing something wrong?

PS: Just to make it crystal clear: I don't want to install locally.


In Node.js, require doesn't look in the folder where global modules are installed.

You can fix this by setting the NODE_PATH environment variable. In Linux this will be: export NODE_PATH=/usr/lib/node_modules (this depend on where your global modules are actually installed).

See here: