Setting Up and Using Yarn

If you haven’t heard of Yarn before, it is a Package Manager for JavaScript (which replaces the existing workflow used with the NPM client). Yarn shares a similar workflow, but puts security, speed and reliability at the forefront.

Why Yarn Over NPM?

So, what makes Yarn better than just carrying on using NPM?

Speed, Yarn caches packages so it doesn’t need to downloaded it again and again. It also runs the process parallel so the runtime is a lot shorter. Bonus, you can install packages once they’ve been cached without an internet connection.

Security is key, Yarn uses checksums to ensure the integrity of all packages.

Reliability, Yarn uses a detailed lock file format, this ensures that if your install works on one system it will perform exactly the same on any other system that utilises Yarn.

Installing Yarn Globally

We will need to use npm for this one, to install Yarn globally, run the following command in terminal..

npm install -g yarn  

Installing Packages

When you want to install a package, you can use a variation of the following command..

yarn add gulp --dev

This would be equal to running..

npm install gulp --save-dev  

For a full list of commands take a look at the CLI docs on Yarn’s official website.