How to Install Yarn on Ubuntu 20.04 | 18.04

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install Yarn on Ubuntu 20.04 | 18.04.

If your’e a JavaScript programmer and looking for easier dependencies management tool, then Yarn is a tool you should be using.

Yarn is a fast, reliable, and secure JavaScript dependency manager that you automate the process of installing, updating, configuring, and managing npm packages.

It caches every package it downloads so it never needs to download it again.

When you’re done, you’ll be able to easily manage npm packages via Yarn APT package repository, since Yarn guarantees that an install that worked on one system will work exactly the same way on any other system, it’s a great way to manage npm packages.

For more about Yarn, please visit its homepage.

When you’re already to install Yarn, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Add Yarn APT Repository

Before installing Yarn, you should first install its package repository.

To do that you’ll first need to add the repository’s GPG key to authenticate packages being installed from there. Run the commands below to add Yarn repository’s GPG key to Ubuntu.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install curl
curl -sS | sudo apt-key add -

Next, run the commands below to add the repository

echo "deb stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/yarn.list

That’s all you need to install Yarn.

After that, run the commands below to install Yarn

sudo apt update
sudo apt install yarn

If you already have Node.js installed, simply run the commands below to install Yarn, but skip Node.js packages and dependencies.

sudo apt install --no-install-recommends yarn

Step 2: Verify Yarn is Installed

To verify if Yarn is installed, run the commands below to print out the version number of Yarn installed on your system.

yarn --version

The output should be something similar to the line below:


Now that you have Yarn installed on your Ubuntu system,  here are some of the most common commands you’ll need.

To create a new Yarn project use the yarn init command as shown bellow:

yarn init myproject

The init script will ask you several questions. You can either answer or press to use the default values.

yarn init v1.10.1
question name (richard): 
question version (1.0.0): 
question description: 
question entry point (index.js): 
question repository url: 
question author: 
question license (MIT): 
question private: 
success Saved package.json
Done in 13.40s.

Afer that, the script the script will create a basic package.json file containing the information you provided above.

Upgrading dependencies

If you want to upgrade dependencies, simply run the commands below for each of the package and version you want to upgrade or update.

yarn upgrade
yarn upgrade [package_name]
yarn upgrade [package_name]@[version_or_tag]

If you do not provide a package name, Yarn will update the entire project dependencies.

For more about using Yarn, check this page.


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