Five Ways of Taking Advantage of Verdaccio, Your Private and Proxy Node.js Registry

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Verdaccio is an open-source lightweight private proxy registry made in JavaScript with an entirely optional configuration that allows you to publish Node.js private packages and proxy from other remote registries. In this talk, you will learn five ways to take advantage of Verdaccio to improve your workflows and productivity.


You can check the slides for Juan's talk here.

Juan Picado
Juan Picado
32 min
18 Feb, 2022

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Verdash is a lightweight and proxy private Node.js registry that allows you to host and publish private packages. It offers five ways to use it, including publishing packages with npm workspaces and handling conflicts. Verdash improves project productivity and continuous integration by caching dependencies and versions. Security considerations are important, and Verdash provides security features like rate limiting. It can be used as a registry for open source projects and offers flexibility and customization options.

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1. Introduction to Verdash

Short description:

Hi, I'm Juan Picado. I will show you five ways to use Verdash for a private and proxy Node.js Registry. Verdash is a lightweight and proxy private Node.js registry that allows you to host and publish private packages. Install Verdash globally, run the command, and you have a registry with a user interface to browse private and public packages and dependencies. Let's start with the first way.

Hi, thanks for joining my talk. My name is Juan Picado. I'm here to show you five ways of taking advantage of Verdash to private and proxy Node.js Registry. So, let's begin.

First of all, something about me. My name is Juan Picado. I'm senior frontend engineer at Mobility Dare, it's a brand of Ativinta. I'm based in Berlin. And also I spent part of my time and doing Open Source, mostly maintaining the Verdash project. So, which if you don't know it, you will know more in the next 20 minutes and hopefully you like it.

So, let's get started. So, we are Node.js developers and also JavaScript developers. So, I can imagine you have already published a package and you haven't done this yet. Then you will enjoy this talk because it's very, very straightforward to do it locally.

So, Verdash is a lightweight and proxy private Node.js registry, which entirely optional configuration, which does allow you just to host and publish private Node.js packages. And it's compatible with any package manager. So, this diagram here describes a simple road trip of a request where the private registry is always in the middle between the remote, which can be one or more. And then you have a local cache. And this local cache really benefits. I want to show you how to use it in your project.

So, first of all, you need to install Verdash. And for that, you need to install the global package globally. And that's it. So, just that simple, you don't need to do anything, just getting started. Then the next thing you have to do, is just run command Verdash. Yeah, that's all. So, you have a registry which is running with a user interface to browse, not only private packages, but also dependencies, even if they are public ones. Because Verdash, we don't load any package request via package manager or user interface. To help you to understand I have prepared five basic ways, and how Verdash can be really useful to any JavaScript developers nowadays.

So, let's start with the first one.

2. Publishing a Package with npm Workspaces

Short description:

Which is personal development. We are going to publish a package using npm workspaces. The project structure consists of 5 modules, with one module referencing others. Login to Verdash using the 'login' command and specify the registry URL if needed. Publish the package using 'slack workspaces'. The packages can be viewed on the user interface, along with their dependencies.

Which is personal development. So, we are going to publish a package. For this example, I have an npm workspaces, which is pretty simple and we will see now. And the idea is to publish some packages.

So, first of all let me show you the structure of the project, which is not much. Just 5 modules. And one of them, this is the configuration for npm workspaces, and one of them it has reference to others inside. We will see why I am doing this when we publish and I showed you on the itself.

So the first thing you have to do is run Verdash. And if you want to publish you need to login. For that you can use the command login. And if you want to point to another registry then use the flag registry and the ul of the registry. In this case localhost 4873, which is the default port of Verdash. You login and then if you don't have any user just use anything you want. The password and the email is not important because Verdash does not use it. And then you are login. You can see the server is reacting to any command you are typing. This is because the package manager is big with the registry API.

So now let's publish a package. And if you have used workspaces in npm you can publish several packages at the same time just using these slack workspaces. And this is what we are going to do and just happen. Yes we did it. So we have packages on the registry. So let's actually see how these packages look like on the registry. And this is the user interface. You can switch between dark mode. And here we have the five packages. Awesome. And these are the dependencies I showed you before. So you can just navigate through them and see who has the dependencies of whom.

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