npx alternative for yarn

1 min read  •  25 Mar 2023

npx is a cli tool used to execute npm package binaries without installing them globally on your machine. Similarly we can also use yarn to run npm package binaries in a temporary environment without installing them globally. We can use the yarn dlx command which comes with Yarn v2 to do it.

Upgrading yarn

yarn set version berry


For example, suppose we have to uglify a javascript file using a npm package such as uglify-js without installing it globally on our machine, we can do it as follows-

yarn dlx uglify-js test.js -o test.min.js