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How to magically free up gigabytes of disk space

I'm writing this quick tip just so I don't have to google it every single time I run out of disk space. If you have a lot of JS projects on disk, that means you have a lot of node_modules folders taking up a bunch of space. You can easily clean them up in 2 different ways:

 

Delete all node_modules folders

  • Open a terminal
  • Navigate to the folder where you store your web dev projects
  • find . -name "node_modules" -exec rm -rf '{}' +

Be patient because this can take a while and there won't be any progress bar or visual indication that the node_modules are being deleted

 

Choose folders to delete

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  • Open a terminal
  • Navigate to the folder where you store your web dev projects
  • Run npx npkill. This package will give you an interactive CLI which will measure how much space the node_modules are taking and it will let you choose which ones to delete

That's it, enjoy your disk space 🎉

 

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