Node.js Projects

This topic describes all the features of NodeProject projects and their derivatives.

Node versioning

You can specify the minimum version of node that your project supports, and the version of node used in GitHub workflows:

const project = new javascript.NodeProject({
  // ...
  minNodeVersion: "16.0.0",
  workflowNodeVersion: "16.1.0", // defaults to minNodeVersion

Development Workflow


GitHub workflows

Node.js projects with GitHub enabled come bundled with components for running build workflows on every pull request, automatically upgrading dependencies, and other conveniences.

For more general information about managing GitHub configuration, check out GitHub.


See Dependencies for general information about how dependencies are managed by projen, and how to add new dependencies to your project. By default, every Node.js project includes a Dependencies component which will manage the dependencies in package.json.

When a dependency is managed by projen, it gets added to package.json and will automatically installed after running npx projen. Packages will be installed according to the package manager being used. This can be configured:

const project = new javascript.NodeProject({
  // ...
  packageManager: javascript.NodePackageManager.YARN_CLASSIC, // or YARN_BERRY, NPM, PNPM, etc.

Any dependencies without specific version ranges set (such as react or react@*) will given a version range in package.json so that future package upgrades and changes to the generated lockfiles such as package-lock.json or yarn.lock will follow semver.

A list of all dependencies managed by projen is also reported in .projen/deps.json.

Dependency upgrades

Node.js projects include an upgrade task and upgrade.yml GitHub workflow that updates node dependencies following semver. The GitHub workflow will automatically run once a day, and can also be automatically approved for hands-off dependency managed.

If you want to upgrade a dependency to a new major version (with possible breaking changes), you should update its version range via the projenrc file.

In order to create these PRs, permissions to GitHub APIs are needed beyond those provided by GITHUB_TOKEN, otherwise no subsequent workflows will be triggered, such as the build workflow (see create-pull-request#48 for details). Because of this we require, GitHub API access to be provided for these workflows.

It’s possible to create a separate workflow and task just for upgrading projen:

const project = new javascript.NodeProject({
  depsUpgrade: true,
  depsUpgradeOptions: {
    exclude: ["projen"],

new javascript.UpgradeDependencies(project, {
  include: ["projen"],
  taskName: "upgrade-projen",
  workflow: false, // or true
  // workflowOptions: { ... }

You can also use dependabot or renovatebot to get Pull requests on dependency updates

Yarn Berry Configuration

We support usage of Yarn Berry (> v1) as a package manager. Specify YARN_BERRY as your package manager:

const project = new javascript.NodeProject({
  // ...
  packageManager: javascript.NodePackageManager.YARN_BERRY,

When using Yarn Berry, projen controls the .yarnrc.yml configuration file. You can configure it using the yarnBerryOptions property:

const project = new javascript.NodeProject({
  // ...
  packageManager: javascript.NodePackageManager.YARN_BERRY,
  yarnBerryOptions: {
    version: "4.0.1",
    zeroInstalls: false,
    yarnRcOptions: {
      nodeLinker: YarnNodeLinker.NODE_MODULES,

Yarn Berry Corepack

Following Yarn’s recommendation, we expect that corepack is enabled on your machine. corepack transparently manages the yarn version based on the packageManager field in package.json.

See Yarn’s installation documentation for more information.

Pull Request Builds (CI)


Releases (CI/CD)



Scoped Private Packages

Scoped private packages can be configured in this project and its ancestors.

All npm packages have a name. Some package names also have a scope. A scope follows the usual rules for package names (URL-safe characters, no leading dots or underscores). When used in package names, scopes are preceded by an @ symbol and followed by a slash, e.g. @somescope/somepackagename

This feature supports specifying options on how package managers should access packages in each of the scopes. If no options are specified, npm or yarn will try to install scoped packages from the public npm registry.

Currently, it only supports fetching packages from AWS CodeArtifact, either by directly access via credentials or by assuming a role using the specified credentials. Credentials must be provided in the CodeArtifactOptions property.

Multiple scoped package options may be specified if required.


const { javascript } = require("projen");
const project = new javascript.NodeProject({
  defaultReleaseBranch: "main",
  name: "my-project",
  scopedPackagesOptions: [
      registryUrl: "<code-artifact-registry-url>",
      scope: "@somescope",