Node.js Versions

Renovate can upgrade the Node.js runtime used by your project. This way you're using the latest bug fixes, performance improvements, security mitigations, etc.

File Support

Renovate can manage the Node.js version in the following files:

How It Works

Node.js renovation in package.json > engines and in .nvmrc is enabled by default, if your existing version is pinned.

To enable .travis.yml renovation, you must:

  1. Enable Travis renovation explicitly by setting the following Renovate configuration: "travis": { "enabled": true }
  2. Optionally, configure a support policy (As documented below)

When Renovate processes your project's repository it will look for the files listed above and submit a single pull request that upgrades all Node.js versions simultaneously.

Configuring Support Policy

Renovate supports a supportPolicy option that can be passed the following values and associated versions (current as of April 2021):

Default: lts

supportPolicy versions description
all 12, 14, 15, 16 All releases that have not passed their end date
lts 12, 14 All releases classified as LTS, including in maintenance
active 14, 16 All releases not in maintenance
lts_active 14 All releases both LTS and active
lts_latest 14 The latest LTS release
current 16 The latest release from "all"

The version numbers associated with each support policy will be updated as new versions of Node.js are released, moved to LTS or maintenance, etc.

For example, to instruct Renovate to upgrade your project to the latest Long-term Support release, you can use the following configuration:

"supportPolicy": ["lts_latest"]

We recommend that you define this support policy inside the node configuration object. This way, it is applied to all Node.js-related files.

For additional language support see the supportPolicy documentation.

Configuring which version of npm Renovate uses

When binarySource=docker, such as in the hosted WhiteSource Renovate App, Renovate will choose and install an npm version dynamically.

To control which version or constraint is installed, you should use the engines.npm property in your package.json file. Renovate bot will then use that version constraint for npm when it creates a pull request.

For example, if you want to use at least npm 6.14.11 and also allow newer versions of npm in the 6.x range, you would put this in your package.json file:

{
  "engines": {
    "npm": "^6.14.11"
  }
}