yarn global

Install packages globally on your operating system.

yarn global <add/bin/ls/remove/upgrade> [--prefix]

yarn global is a prefix used for a number of commands like add, bin, ls and remove. They behave identically to their normal versions except that they use a global directory to store packages. The global command makes binaries available to use on your operating system.

This is useful for developer tooling that is not part of any individual project but instead is used for local commands. One such example is create-react-app which can be installed globally like this:

$ yarn global add create-react-app --prefix /usr/local
# the `create-react-app` command is now available globally:
$ which create-react-app
$ /usr/local/bin/create-react-app
$ create-react-app

Read more about the commands that can be used together with yarn global:

  • yarn add: add a package to use in your current package.
  • yarn bin: displays the location of the yarn bin folder.
  • yarn ls: list installed packages.
  • yarn remove: remove a package that will no longer be used in your current package.
  • yarn upgrade: upgrades packages to their latest version based on the specified range.