Setting up Verdaccio on DigitalOcean

Juan Picado
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3 min readNov 19, 2018

This one of the multiple articles I will write about running Verdaccio on multiple platforms.

This time for simplicity I’ve chosen DigitalOcean that provides affordable base prices and if you want to run your own registry, it’s a good option.

Create a Droplet

Choosing an image before creating a droplet

Create a droplet is fairly easy, it just matters to choose an image and click on create, I personally selected a Node.js 8.10.0 version to simplify the setup.

A view of the droplet panel

While the droplet is created, which takes a matter of seconds the next step is to find a way to log in via SSH, you can find credentials in your email. Keep on mind the droplet provides root access and the next steps I won’t use sudo.

Installing Requirements

As first step we have to install Verdaccio with the following command.

npm install --global verdaccio

We will use npm for simplicity, but I’d recommend using other tools as pnpm or yarn.

We will handle the verdaccio process using the pm2 tool that provides handy tools for restarting and monitoring.

npm install -g pm2

Nginx Configuration

To handle the request we will set up ngnix which is really easy to install. I won’t include in this article all steps to setup the web but you can follow this article.

Once nginx is running in the port 80, we have to modify lightly the configuration file as follow

vi /etc/nginx/sites-available/defaultlocation / {
proxy_set_header Host $http_host;

You might pimp this configuration if you wish, but, for simplicity this is good enough for the purpose of this article.

Don’t forget restart nginx in order the changes take affect.

systemctl restart nginx

Since we are using a proxy, we must update the default configuration provided by verdaccio to define our proxy pass domain. Edit the file and add the your domain or IP.

vi /root/verdaccio//config.yamlhttp_proxy:

Running Verdaccio

Previously we installed pm2 and now is the moment to run verdaccio with the following command.

pm2 start `which verdaccio`

Note: notice we are using which due pm2 seems not to be able to run a node global command.

Using Verdaccio

Verdaccio provides a nice UI to browse your packages you can access via URL, in our case get the IP from the DigitalOcean control panel and access verdaccio like .

Install packages

npm will use the default registry on install, but we are willing to use our own registry, to achieve that use the --registry argument to provide a different location.

npm install --registry

Other options I’d suggest if you need to switch between registries is using nrm, to install it just do

npm install --global nrm
nrm add company-registry
nrm use company-registry

With the steps above, you can switch back to other registries in an easy way, for more information just type nrm --help .

Publishing Packages

By default verdaccio requires authentication for publishing, thus we need to log in.

npm adduser --registry

Once you are logged, it’s the moment to publish.

npm publish --registry

Wrapping Up

As you can see, host a registry is quite cheap and the initial set up might take fairly short time if you have some skills with UNIX.

Verdaccio provides you good performance for a small middle team with the default plugins, you might scale for bigger teams if is need it, but I will write about those topics in future articles.

If you are willing to share your experience in our blog writing about verdaccio being installed on other platforms, just send me a message over our chat at Discord for easy coordination.



Juan Picado

I maintain @verdaccio_npm 📦🔑 • JavaScript Enthusiast • Node.js 🤪 • Front-End Engineer • 👨‍💻 at @ebay • roots /home/.git/🇪🇸🇳🇮