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How to run your own npm repository server

At Spatie we’re constantly improving our application template called Blender. We love using packages to pull in functionality. Creating and using packages has many benefits. Though we try to create public packages that benefit the community, there are some packages that are very specific to Blender. Public repositories such as Packagist and npm are not intended for registering such custom packages.

To serve private php packages  you can set up your own private packagist with Satis. A while ago my colleague Sebastian set up the Satis equivalent for the npm world. It’s called Sinopia and it’s easy to install. Our installation is running at npm.spatie.be.  Using this we can now pull in our custom javascript packages.

Interested using Sinopia yourself? Here’s a good tutorial to get started.

Freek Van der Herten is a partner and developer at Spatie, an Antwerp based company that specializes in creating web apps with Laravel. After hours he writes about modern PHP and Laravel on this blog. When not coding he’s probably rehearsing with his kraut rock band.