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mdlink v1.4.0

An automatic npm module linker to quickly test & develop multiple modules in a project



mdlink is a small utility to allow the user to easily npm link multiple node modules in a given project. It was born as the response of my annoyance while I was developing Ember.js applications with multiple addons at the same time. Per each module you might need to modify you'd need to clone it and link it. This tool intends to provide an easy way of seamlessly bulk npm link and removing those links while not necessary.

Modules are specified in the mdlink.config.json configuration file. e.g:

  "base_modules_path": "/home/user/gits/test",
  "modules": {
    "commander": {
      "url": "",
      "path": "/home/user/gits/test/commander"
    "git-clone": {
      "url": ""
  • base_modules_path is the fallback path when no path is specified per each module. It means that per each module that doesn't have a path, it will be created under that folder.
  • modules is an object enumerating each one of the modules the user wishes to link. Per each module you can have both url & path or only url.


  • $ mdlink <init | i>: creates a sample config file. Be sure to change it!
  • $ mdlink <start | s>: runs the tool and performs the linking.
  • $ mdlink <reset | r>: removes the symlinks locally & globally, and reruns npm install.


Documentation is generated running npm run doc in html format. After that just browse the doc/ folder.


Supported versions:

  • nodejs: 6.12.2


  • Look for duplicate modules in config file -> fail.

TODO Features

  • Support ~ in mlink.config.json
  • Add modules one by one. e.g: mlink a <name> --url <url> --path <path>. This would modify the mlink.config.json and perform the installing and linking.
  • Cleanup of the cloned repositories.
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