Introduction to Library Marketplace

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Ever wanted to earn money selling those cool npm packages that you created? This talk is about how to sell your library and earn a living out of your hard work.

Brendon Co
Brendon Co
12 min
06 Jun, 2023


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The Talk discusses selling NPM packages and React libraries in a marketplace, including earning money, building UI libraries, and using the marketplace dashboard. It explains how to publish packages on Pref.js and verify them. The Talk also mentions the ability to sell packages individually or offer subscriptions, sell to organizations, and offer volume packages on the Pref.js marketplace.

1. Introduction to Library Marketplace

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Hi, everyone. I'm Ko Brendon Vee, the lead developer in standard TypeScript. Today, I'll talk about selling NPN packages and React libraries in a marketplace, earning money, building UI libraries, using the marketplace dashboard, and getting paid. You can sell your packages privately on Privs.js. Think of cool UI libraries like a carousel or photo screen capture. Provide good documentation, install instructions, and support. To publish, modify package json, add a published config, login to Pre-gesture, and NPM publish to Pref.js.

Hi, everyone. My name is Ko Brendon Vee. I'm the lead developer in standard TypeScript. And today, I'll be talking about introduction to a library marketplace.

So, what is this all about? So, it's about selling your NPN packages or React libraries into a marketplace and how you can earn money. So, here are the topics that I'm going to talk about. NPN package. Marketplace. Building a UI libraries sample to sell in the marketplace and also the marketplace dashboard on how to use it, how to visualize your earnings and how to set an amount into your React library packages. And also, the last part is of course how to get paid. Yeah. And if you have some questions at the end of the slide, you can ask me some questions. Okay. So, let's start.

NPM package marketplace. Have you ever wanted to earn money selling those very cool stuff of your NPM packages that you have created? Making living off your open source work and provide some premium feature to your open source project. You can also sell your quotes as NPM packages. And the good thing is you have full access control of your packages and you can also deploy it privately or at private scope.

So first thing what you need to do is you need to think of your library where people love to use it. Of course you can also have good documentation on how to use your libraries and after that you can just publish it as a private package to the marketplace. So the marketplace that we're going to use is Privs.js and I will be also sharing on how you can or how the user can install your package. So think of your React libraries that you're going to sell. For example you have a carousel or you have a photo screen capture or some photo libraries that you can upload to probably some passport. So things like a cool UI library that you want to sell.

Next thing is, you need to have a good documentation on how to use your library, how to install it and also how to get support. So next, you need to prepare how to publish your private package to marketplace. So the configuration is quite simple, so it's just three steps. First, you need to modify your package json, and add a published config with the registry point to the pre-gesture URL. Second is open your terminal, and login to pre-gesture, your username and password. And then after that, you can just NPM publish and it will publish to Pref.js.

2. Verifying and Selling Packages on Pref.js

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To verify and test your published package, configure your registry to Pref.js, log in, and NPM install the package locally. Guest users can use the authentication token provided. Pref.js acts as an npm repository, allowing you to monitor downloads and purchases. On the Pref.js dashboard, you can sell packages individually or offer subscriptions, including one-time, monthly, or yearly payments. You can also sell to organizations, set minimum quantities, and offer volume packages.

So once you have published it, there's a few ways that you can verify and test. The first thing you have to configure, and point your registry to Pref.js. Second is to log into Pref.js. And the third is to NPM install your package, just to test in your local.

For guest users, they will have to use the authentication token that you provide. Set the URL to Pref.js and then pass in the authentication token. Now after that you can install the library from Pref.js. Pref.js is like a npm repository, so they have a repository to store your private packages. And from there they can monitor who downloads or who purchases your libraries.

To install your packages, you can always login to pref.js first, and then from there you can specify your packages. And the register pointing to pref.js. And you can install your package to your projects.

On the pref.js dashboard, you have two options. One is to sell your npm packages as individual pricing. You can also set a subscription type, whether you want it to have a one-time subscription, one-time payment, or a monthly payment or a year-long payment of your library. You can also provide an organization option where you can set it as a premium type or to sell it to an organization like some big companies that want to use your libraries. So you can set the minimum quantity and also a volume package that you want to sell your libraries. So you can set the quantity plus the amount that you want to sell. And it also provides a subscription base where you can sell them probably as one time monthly or yearly. So these are the advanced options where you can key in the same amount but the visual aid is different from the basic.