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I Peeked Into My Node_Modules Directory And You Won’t Believe What Happened Next

Jordan Scales examined the contents of the node_modules directory a discovered a lot of junk.

While code bloat continues to slow down our websites, drain our batteries, and make “npm install” slow for a few seconds, many developers like myself have decided to carefully audit the dependencies we bring into our projects. It’s time we as a community stand up and say enough is enough, this community belongs to all of us, and not just a handful of JavaScript developers with great hair.

I decided to document my experiences in auditing my projects’ dependencies, and I hope you find the following information useful.


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.