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🐸 njt 🐸

🐸 npm jump to 🐸
njt.vercel.app

Are you typing npm package names in your search engine to then manually navigate to their source, homepage, changelog, versions and so on? πŸ•πŸ•‘πŸ•’πŸ•“πŸ•”

Save five seconds thousands of times by quickly jumping to the right URL! Here is a magic spell to remember:

🐸✨🐸✨🐸
njt <package> [destination]
🐸✨🐸✨🐸

Available destinations

  • b β†’ package cost estimation on bundlephobia.com
  • c β†’ changelog
  • g β†’ github (gitlab, etc.) repository root
  • h β†’ homepage (aliased as w for website or d for docs)
  • i β†’ issues
  • n β†’ package info on npmjs.com
  • p β†’ pull requests (aliased as m for merge requests)
  • r β†’ list of github releases
  • s β†’ source (often same as repository root, but can be its subdirectory in case of a monorepo)
  • t β†’ list of git tags
  • u β†’ package contents preview on unpkg.com
  • v β†’ list of package versions with dates on npmjs.com
  • y β†’ package page on yarnpkg.com (mirror registry for npmjs.com)

Omitting the destination or entering an non-existing one takes you to the package page on npmjs.com as if you used n.

Examples

njt prettier (no specified destination)
🐸 β†’ https://www.npmjs.com/package/prettier

njt prettier h (homepage)
🐸 β†’ https://prettier.io

njt prettier s (source)
🐸 β†’ https://github.com/prettier/prettier

njt prettier r (releases)
🐸 β†’ https://github.com/prettier/prettier/releases

njt prettier y (yarn)
🐸 β†’ https://yarnpkg.com/package/prettier

Getting njt

There are several environments in which you can access njt. Pick your favourite or use ’em all!

🟒 Command-line tool

Install njt globally from npm by running this command in your terminal:

npm install --global njt

You are all set. Now try executing njt <package> [destination] with some real arguments. For example, these two commands will take you to the Lodash github repo and homepage, respectively:

njt lodash g
njt lodash h

A list of supported destinations will be shown if you launch njt without arguments.

To uninstall, run npm remove --global njt. To reinstall or upgrade, run npm install --global njt again.

Pro tip πŸ’‘ When you specify . instead of a package name, njt takes the name from the nearest package.json file.

Pro tip πŸ’‘ To customise which browser you want to open, set an environment variable called NJT_BROWSER (or just BROWSER) with the app name of your choice. The value may vary based on your OS. Note that setting BROWSER instead of NJT_BROWSER can affect other tools, which may or may not be desired.

🟒 Custom search engine in Chrome

  1. Open Chrome settings, e.g. by navigating to chrome://settings

  2. Navigate to Manage search engines section (e.g. by typing its name in the Search settings field)

  3. Click Add next to Other search engines

  4. Fill in the Add search engine form:

    Field Value
    Search engine njt (npm jump to)
    Keyword njt
    Url with %s in place of query https://njt.vercel.app/jump?from=chrome&to=%s
  5. Press Add

From now on, typing njt <package> [destination] in the address bar will take you directly to a page you want. For example, njt react h will take you to the React.js homepage.

To uninstall, open Manage search engines section in Chrome settings, click on three dots next to Other search engines β†’ njt and hit Remove from list.

Pro tip πŸ’‘ You can use n instead of njt as a keyword to avoid typing two extra characters each time. The command to type in Chrome address bar will become n <package> [destination] πŸš€

🟒 Search bookmark in Firefox

You can use njt right from the address bar in Firefox.

  1. Open njt.vercel.app
  2. Right-click on the search input field
  3. In the context menu, select Add Keyword for this Search...
  4. You’ll see a small form; type njt into the Keyword field
  5. Press Save

From now on, typing njt <package> [destination] in the address bar will take you directly to a page you want. For example, njt react h will take you to the React.js homepage.

To uninstall, open Firefox bookmarks from the main menu, search for njt and remove the bookmark.

Pro tip πŸ’‘ You can use n instead of njt as a search keyword to avoid typing two extra characters each time. The command to type in Firefox address bar will become n <package> [destination] πŸš€

🟒 Alfred web search

Want to hop directly from Alfred launcher?

  1. Open Preferences β†’ Features β†’ Web Search

  2. Click Add Custom Search

  3. Fill in the form:

    Field Value
    Search URL https://njt.vercel.app/jump?from=alfred&to={query}
    Title Search njt for '{query}'
    Keyword njt
    Icon drag from https://njt.vercel.app/favicon-32x32.png
  4. Press Save

Alternatively, copy and open this special Alfred link to get all the above steps done for you:

alfred://customsearch/Search%20njt%20for%20%27%7Bquery%7D%27/njt/utf8/nospace/https%3A%2F%2Fnjt.vercel.app%2Fjump%3Ffrom%3Dalfred%26to%3D%7Bquery%7D

Pro tip πŸ’‘ You can use n instead of njt as a search keyword to avoid typing two extra characters each time. The command to type in Alfred address bar will become n <package> [destination] πŸš€

You can also create variants with your favorite njt suffixes to jump to your favorite locations in even fewer characters. For example, keyword ng can be a shortcut to njt {query} g.

🟒 VSCode

If you use Visual Studio Code, you can add njt to the command palette via LaunchX extension.

  1. Install the extension

  2. Open the command palette

  3. Type njt and press Enter

    njt in VSCode command palette

  4. Type your search and press Enter again

Pro tip πŸ’‘ Use ctrl+alt+n to bypass the command palette.

🟒 DuckDuckGo bang

DuckDuckGo bang is awaiting approval

If you use duckduckgo.com as your primary search engine, type !njt <package> [destination] in its search field (note the leading exclamation mark). This trick is possible thanks to DuckDuckGo’s awesome bang feature.

🟒 Online search field on the njt’s mini-website

Open njt.vercel.app, type your query, press Enter. This method is a bit slower than the other ones because it involves opening a web page with an input form. On the plus side, it works everywhere and does not require setup.

Thanks to Vercel for hosting njt.vercel.app πŸ’š

❓More ways

Are you a search shortcut guru? Feel free to suggest another entry point to njt and save people’s time around the world!

How does njt work

For requests like njt <package> or njt <package> y, all the tool does is navigating you to URLs like https://www.npmjs.com/package/<package> or https://yarnpkg.com/package/<package>.

Most other cases involve a look into package.json for the latest published version. This file contains the location of the repository, the homepage and some other fields, which njt uses to construct the destination URL.

The command line version of the tool takes you to https://njt.vercel.app/[email protected]&to=YOUR_QUERY, from which you are redirected to the destination.

Prior art

Shortcuts to some of the njt destinations are built into npm cli:

πŸ“¦ npm home <package> or npm docs <package>
β­₯
🐸 njt <package> h (homepage)


πŸ“¦ npm issues <package> or npm bugs <package>
β­₯
🐸 njt <package> i (issues)


πŸ“¦ npm repo <package>
β­₯
🐸 njt <package> g (github, gitlab, etc. repo)

With njt, you have access to more shortcuts in multiple environments, which makes you more productive day to day.


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