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Load NPM Modules with React

Sep 12, 2020 • 4 Minute Read


NPM is short for node package manager, an online directory that contains the various already registered open-source packages. NPM modules consume the various functions as a third-party package when installed into an app using the NPM command npm install.

Third-party NPM modules are the unit of logic for a specific functionality or a full-fledged library, such as reactstrap, material-ui, redux-form, and so on. In this guide, you will learn how to load NPM modules in your app using the NPM command or the GitHub source code.

Load the NPM Module Using the CLI

Any NPM modules can be easily consumed in your app using the CLI command followed by the module name. Below is the syntax used to install the NPM module.

      npm install <module_name>

Try installing any module using the above CLI command. Let's install reactstrap for an example.

      npm install reactstrap

When you execute the above command, the related module folder will get added to the directory node_modules in your current app, and you will be able to use the components or functionality of the module anywhere in your app.

The installed package is reactstrap, but you may wonder how to use it in the component. Import the module as given below.

      import React, { Component } from "react";
// Import the module
import { Button, Popover, PopoverHeader, PopoverBody } from "reactstrap";

class SimplePopover extends Component {
  render() {
    const { popoverOpen } = this.state;

    return (
	    // Using the module's component
          <PopoverHeader>This is popover title</PopoverHeader>
            This is simple popover content
export default SimplePopover;

You will notice in the above code that there is one statement that imports the components from the installed module.

      import { Button, Popover, PopoverHeader, PopoverBody } from "reactstrap";

You will be able to use it into the components after importing the required component from the module.

Load the NPM Module Using the GitHub Repository

You can use any NPM module by installing it using the CLI command, but alternatively, it can also be used directly by providing the GitHub repository URL as shown below.

      npm install <git_repo_url>

Along with the CLI command, add the required GitHub repository URL of the module that you want to install.

      npm install

A folder gets created inside the directory node_modules by providing the GitHub URL along with the install command. And the package gets mentioned in package.json.

Load the NPM Module Using the package.json File

The file package.json contains all the installed dependencies' details, such as module and installed version. Still, if you want to install the module directly, you can do it by mentioning the two parameters, as shown below.

  "dependencies": {
    "package/module name": "version"

Specify the module you want to install and its required version so once the command npm install is executed, the mentioned package will be installed with all other packages.

So, in that case, npm install package_name does not require installing the package directly. This approach is quite handy when you know all the needed packages and versions.


Most JavaScript-based libraries or frameworks require the NPM packages to go ahead with app development. Hence the packages should be installed using one of the ways explained in this guide.