Does App Platform runs npm install or yarn for you?

Posted February 5, 2021 1.3k views
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My project has some dependencies, and I could not find out in the docs the answer. So I added a custom script like npm ci && npm run generate to my NuxtJS static site, but it is consuming more build time. If I do not need the install step, it would be faster :D.

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👋🏼 @leolleo

If you have a package.json file and either a package-lock.json or a yarn.lock file in your repo, App Platform will install Node, NPM, and Yarn (if using yarn.lock). It will also run npm ci and cache the installed node_modules so they can re-used in future builds.

All you’d need to do is set your Build Command to npm run generate. It will be run at the end of the build process (after npm ci).

If you do not need anything beyond npm ci you can leave the build command field empty.