Publish public repository

To publish public repositories with a free npm account, you initially need to publish the module with access of public. One way to do this is to set the config for npm to read in packages.json as follows:

"publishConfig": {
  "access": "public"

you can also use the flag --access=public with the npm publish command. Otherwise you will get the slightly confusing error message, “you need a paid account to perform this action”.

npm publish // if you modified packages.json


npm publish --access=public

Sign Git Tag

For signing to work you need a default GPG key configured. You can turn it on or off as follows:

npm config set sign-git-tag <true or false>