On a recent assignment, I needed to install npm behind a corporate proxy. I had already set the environment variables HTTP_PROXY and HTTPS_PROXY. Other command line utilities, like ruby gems, recognized these environment variables. Npm did not.

After some googling, I found the following way to configure the proxy for npm.

npm config set proxy http://proxy.company.com:8080
npm config set https-proxy http://proxy.company.com:8080

If you need to specify credentials, they can be passed in the url using the following syntax.


Further exploration of the npm config documentation showed that the npm config set command sets the proxy configuration in your .npmrc file. You can also set the proxy configuration as a command line argument or environment variable.

Configuration parameters can be specified using -- when executing npm. So the proxy could also be specified as follows.

npm --https-proxy=http://proxy.company.com:8080 -g install karma

To pass configurattion parameters to npm as environment variables, they must be prefixed with npm_config_. The proxy configuration could be set with environment variables as follows.

export npm_config_proxy http://proxy.company.com:8080
export npm_config_https_proxy http://proxy.company.com:8080