A simple and lightweight tool to manage your monorepo.
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A simple and lightweight tool to manage your monorepo.

Warning: This automatically updates your local package's package.json


npm i comptroller


comp <command> [options]

help                      Show this message
update [root-directory]   Update all subpackages of package found at [root-directory]
link [root-directory]     Create symlink in node_modules for each subpackage found at [root-directory]
version                   Print Comptroller version

--prune -p                Remove unused dependencies from subpackges' package.json
--self -s                 If set, only the root package will be updated

How it works



Comptroller's update command analyzes the packages in a given directory and identifies static require calls. Using this, it is able to update each package's package.json to include these as dependencies (Comptroller ignores Node.js builtin modules by default). Comptroller finds these modules in the project root's package.json (or a specified file) and adds the defined version to the subpackage's package.json. If a module is required but doesn't exist in the root package.json a warning is issued. If a module in the root package.json has a different version than one used in the subpackage package.json then it's version is updated in the subpackage. If a dependency is listed in the subpackage package.json but not found in the package source, a warning is issued. If a require call is found that references a local package, Comptroller locates the specified package's package.json and updates the issuing package's package.json dependencies with the version information of the specified package.


Comptroller's link command creates symlinks in the root node_modules directory to each child package. These symlinks are stuctured to match the names provided in each package's package.json replicating the same structure that an npm install would create. This enables require calls to local packages without the need for to specify relative paths or to npm install or npm link them.



Comptroller's prune option takes all those extraneous dependencies found by the update command and delivers them to the void.


Comptroller's self option switches from managing subpackage dependencies and inherits to only managing the top level dependencies.

The nitty gritty

Comptroller's power is it's simplicity and flexibility.


Comptroller has a cascading configuration scheme. This means that your root package's configuration will cascade through to its child packages, as long as they don't override the configuration themselves. If all of your packages share the same configuration, you only need to declare your configuration in the root package, but if any of your subpackages deviate from the norm just specify its own custom configuration within it's package.json and it'll be right as rain! The subpackage's configration will seamlessly override the root configuration.

Currently the only place to specify your config is in a package.json, but this is likely to expand to accomodate a variety of workflows.

  "name": "my-fancy-package",
  "version": "0.4.2",
  "author": "Some Body",
  "homepage": "",
  "comptroller": {
    "source": "**/*.js",
    "ignore": "**/node_modules/**",
    "exclude": [
    "inherits": [
    "detective": {
      "parse": {
        "plugins": ["objectRestSpread"]
  "dependencies": {
    "need-this": "1.0.0",
    "and-this": "1.2.0"


Inheritance is the tool that saves you from the mundane maintainence of a multitude of package.json files throughout the life of your project. This is like the swiss army knife version of Lerna's 'fixed/locked' mode. While it's perfect for keeping your package versions in sync, it can be used for any field in your package.json (including dependencies, but we'd recommend against that. Comptroller has bigger plans for your dependencies). It also has the added benefit of being able to opt in/out of any field inheritance globally or locally per each subpackage.

Do you wan't to keep all package versions in sync? Simply inherit the version field. Do all of your packages share the same homepage? Do the same with the homepage field. Did one of your packages mature and deserves its own homepage? Simply stop inheriting the homepage key for that package and provide it with its with its own. The possibilities are endless!

Dependency management

Comptroller's dependency management allows you to manage your dependencies at the top level only. Comptroller will intelligently analyze the invoked dependencies in your packages' source files and add (and remove, with the prune option) them from each package.json as needed. This will ensure that all of your packages' dependencies stay in sync and helps you avoid heavy downloads by pruning out any unused dependencies hiding in the corner. With Comptroller, keeping all of your packages' dependencies perfectly managed is only 14 keystrokes away! comp update -p.

But we know the world isn't perfect (if it was there'd be no use for a tool like this), which is why Comptroller allows you to opt out of dependency management for specific named dependencies. If one of your packages relies on a different version of a specific dependency, exlude that dependency in the package's configuration and Comptroller will look the other way when it sees it.

Updating your packages

Let's say the package.json above belongs to the root package. Now if you have a child package with the below package.json:

  "name": "@my-fancy-package/my-fancy-module",
  "version": "0.4.1",
  "dependencies": {
    "need-this": "0.1.0",
    "dont-need-this": "1.2.3"

And the below index.js:


A call to comp update will log this in your terminal:

Updating remote package 'need-this' from 0.1.0 to 1.0.0 in package '@my-fancy-package/my-fancy-module'
Adding remote package 'and-this@^1.2.0' to package '@my-fancy-package/my-fancy-module'
DISABLED: Removing package 'dont-need-this' from '@my-fancy-package/my-fancy-module'
Updating field version from "0.4.1" to "0.4.2" in package '@my-fancy-package/my-fancy-module'
Adding field homepage as "" to package '@my-fancy-package/my-fancy-module'
Adding field author as "Some Body" to package '@my-fancy-package/my-fancy-module'

And update the package.json like so:

  "name": "@my-fancy-package/my-fancy-module",
  "version": "0.4.2",
  "author": "Some Body",
  "homepage": "",
  "dependencies": {
    "need-this": "1.0.0",
    "and-this": "1.2.0",
    "dont-need-this": "1.2.3"

Oops! We have a dependency in our package.json that appears to be unused! Comptroller won't just go deleting your dependencies williy nilly, it must be given the right to do so by issuing the command with the --prune or -p option.

comp update -p

Removing package 'dont-need-this' from '@my-fancy-package/my-fancy-module'
  "dependencies": {
    "need-this": "1.0.0",
    "and-this": "1.2.0",

Whew! That's better :wink:. Now we're free to just develop our project and not worry about managing our dependencies and metadata.

Note that this works just as well with sibling package dependencies, it just seemed unweildy to add an example for this here.

Link's Awakening

The link command is like a super simplified version of Lerna's bootstrap command (step #2). It doesn't take a very aggressive approach, but it gets the job done well. It's kind of like if npm link worked on all subpackages at once and only impacted the project scope rather than the global scope.

Let's pretend you have a project with three subpackages named @my-fancy-package/my-fancy-module, @my-fancy-package/my-other-fancy-module, and my-not-so-fancy-module. A call to comp link will ensure that the top level node_modules includes:

├── @my-fancy-package
│   ├── my-fancy-module
│   └── my-other-fancy-module
└── my-not-so-fancy-module

Now you can have no fear that your interdependent packages will function exactly as they will in the wild (and you'll have only burned ~0.017 calories in the process)!

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