Are your npm audit results overwhelming you? This library helps you resolve them step by step.

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It can be really overwhelming to stare at an npm audit report with 50+ vulnerabilities. Where do you start? npm-audit-helper helps answer that question, by providing smaller sets of output and a few hints. Example output:

found 155 vulnerabilities (60 low, 76 moderate, 18 high, 1 critical) in 22715 scanned packages
  3 vulnerabilities require manual review. See the full report for details.

=== A little bit of help ===

Where to start:

- run `npm audit fix` to automatically fix 13 issues. These should all be non-breaking upgrades, so don't stress.

- Resolve the 3 high severity issues above and run this command again to move to the next severity.

- The most problematic dependency seems to be example-lib with 18 issues that need your attention.

Getting started

All you need to do is run npm audit --json and pipe the output to npm-audit-helper. There are a few different installation options:

npx (no installation)

npm audit --json | npx npm-audit-helper

Global installation

npm install -g npm-audit-helper
npm audit --json | npm-audit-helper

Per-project installation

(1) Install:

npm install --save-dev npm-audit-helper

(2) Create task in package.json:

  "scripts": {
    // ...
    "vuln": "npm audit --json | npm-audit-helper"

(3) Run:

npm run vuln

This last approach is great for setting up a prepush hook with a tool like husky. npm-audit-helper will return a non-zero exit code if vulnerabilities are found.


Flag Description Default
--exit-zero Return a zero exit code even when there are vulnerabilities. Useful while you’re working your way down to 0 vulnerabilities false
--prod-only Filter out vulnerability information for devDependencies false


npm audit hints

Note on NSP

I wrote this library while helping my company migrate from using the Node Security Project, which will be decommissioned soon. I found that npm audit found many more vulnerabilities than our nsp output used to, which meant that I needed a little help to see which issues to focus on first.