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How to Install webpack?

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We assume you have node and npm already installed.

Global Installation

npm install webpack -g

The webpack command is now available globally.

However, this is not a recommended practice. This locks you down to a specific version of webpack and might fail in projects that use a different version. The next section tells you how to install webpack locally in a project.

Local Installation

npm install webpack --save-dev

npm install webpack@<version> --save-dev

If you are using npm scripts in your project, npm will try to look for webpack installation in your local modules for which this installation technique is useful.

"scripts": {
    "start": "webpack --config mywebpack.config.js"

This is standard and recommended practice.

To run the local installation of webpack you can access its bin version as node_modules/.bin/webpack

Bleeding Edge

If you are enthusiastic about using the latest that webpack has to offer (beware - may be unstable), you can install directly from the webpack repository using

npm install webpack/webpack#<tagname/branchname>


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