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How to Delete node_modules folder from your projects

Created: 2 weeks ago Category: General Estimated time read: 2 Mins


  • Introduction
  • Requisites
  • Why We Need To Free Up HD Space
  • Calculate How Much Space Can Free Up
  • Free Up Space in Linux/Mac
  • Free Up Space in Windows
  • Make Your Life Easier
  • Conclusion


If you are a Web Developer Or Web Designer, I can be sure that you ran at least on time (if not multiple times) npm install or yarn install to install node_modules dependencies and if you didn't know it cost you a lot of space (about 200 MB). Imagine You have a multiple projects need to install npm modules on them?

So, You end up with a lot of wasted space and for nothing (after you compile your assets of course). Today we will learn together how to delete node_modules from all projects at once and free up space. So, let's get started.


All what you need to follow along with this article is a basic knowledge of terminal/command line if you are in MAC or Linux. Or command prompt if you are in Windows.

Why We Need To Free Up Hard Drive Space

I think the answer is obvious, sometimes we need more space in our machines, and we can't find any of it, or we can delete any important file. So this is the best way to clear up space.

Node Modules Space

Calculate How Much Space Can Free

How much space freed after deleting node_modules? You can find out by running one command

After accessing your projects folder by running cd /path/into/projects/folder for example:

cd /media/run/coderflex/projects

Run this command


This command will also show how much space the folder is occupying as well

find . -name "node_modules" -type d -prun | xargs du -chs

You will see something similar:

--- Output ---
300M ./path/into/folder/node_modules
400M ./path/into/another/folder/node_modules
700M total


FOR /d /r . %d in (node_modules) DO @IF EXISTS "%d" echo "%d"

Important Note

Before remove or delete any of your node_modules make sure you are in the right directory (e.g: where projects leaves)

Free Up Space in Linux/Mac

So, you can do it with simply running:

find . -name "node_modules" -type d -prune -exec rm -rf '{}' +

Free Up Space in Windows

In your command prompt/PowerShell run:

FOR /d /r . %d in (node_modules) DO @IF EXISTS "%d" rm -rf "%d"

Make Your Life Easier

For making, your life easier next time you can make an alias for those commands and just type the alias and the system will run it for you. And if you are good enough with bash language make a script to do it or even make an automation script to free up the space with cron jobs ... There are a lot of ideas and the choice is yours.


In this article we learn how to free up space in your system by deleting node_modules.

Before you leave I will let you with these notes:

  • Make sure to list all node_modules in a given directory before deleting them.
  • Make sure you are know what are you doing, cause this steps in irreversible!
  • Remember to run npm install or yarn install on your project in case you need to work on it again.

That's it for today and I hope you learned something new and useful.

Make sure to follow me on Twitter and if you have any question Just ask. I'm happy to help.

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I'm ossama and I'm a full stack web developer - telecommunications engineer - write about the tech in general


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