Javascript - MonoRepo


MonoRepo (vs ManyRepos) in the Javascript context

When starting with monorepo, integrate first the leaf projects of the dependency graph (ie project without dependency).


To use the library locally without publishing to a remote npm registry.

With the help of symlink, you create a symlink in the parent project to node_modules/dependency that links to the local path of the project dependency.

yarn or rpn have a link command ( yarn link)

Example of steps with one application and one package dependency.

  • Yarn
~ $ cd ../my-package
~/my-package$ yarn install
~/my-package$ yarn run build 
~/my-package$ yarn link # Create a link from the dependency
~/my-package$ cd ../my-app
~/my-app$ yarn link my-package
~/my-app$ yarn run build
  • Npm
~/my-package$ npm install
~/my-package$ npm link
~/my-package$ cd myApp
~/my-app$ npm link /path/to/my-package


A workspace is a local package managed by a workspace root.

It's actually a yarn concept that create symlinks between Workspaces that depend on each other. The local dependency workspace-a is aliased as /node_modules/workspace-a via a symlink.

For cli that doesn't relate all path from the working directory, you can use a nohoist


Under a child workspace:

"workspaces": {
  "nohoist": ["react-native", "react-native/**"]


NODE_PATH may be used to emulate a monorepo




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