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Disable "packages are looking for funding" in NPM

Benjamin Crozat
Published on Mar 4, 2024 0 comments Edit on GitHub
Disable "packages are looking for funding" in NPM

Disable the message globally

When working with NPM (Node Package Manager), you might have encountered a message indicating that packages are looking for funding.“ To disable it, run the following command in your terminal:

npm config set fund false

Disable the message in your project only

To disable funding messages for a single project, you can use the .npmrc file:

  1. Navigate to your project’s root directory.
  2. Create or edit the .npmrc file.
  3. Add the following line: fund=false

This setting tells NPM not to display funding messages for the project in question. Remember, this change only affects the current project, not your global NPM settings.

Disable the message temporarily

To disable funding messages temporarily, use the --no-fund option:

npm install --no-fund

This won’t change any config value anywhere.

And by the way, the option also works for with the update command and a few others.

Why are packages looking for funding?

Open-source projects are the backbone of the software development world, with thousands of developers relying on free, publicly available packages to build their applications. However, maintaining these packages requires time, effort, and resources. The “packages are looking for funding” message is a way for open-source developers to seek financial support from the community. This funding helps maintain the quality, security, and development of these packages.

The funding model not only supports the developers but also ensures the longevity and reliability of the software you use. By contributing, you’re helping sustain an ecosystem that thrives on collaboration and innovation.

Of course, financial stability is something that only a handful of us achieved. You cannot support everyone and disabling the “packages are looking for funding” message is a legitimate thing to do.

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