bun install

The bun CLI contains a Node.js-compatible package manager designed to be a dramatically faster replacement for npm, yarn, and pnpm. It's a standalone tool that will work in pre-existing Node.js projects; if your project has a package.json, bun install can help you speed up your workflow.

⚡️ 25x faster — Switch from npm install to bun install in any Node.js project to make your installations up to 25x faster.

For Linux users

To install all dependencies of a project:

bun install

Running bun install will:

  • Install all dependencies, devDependencies, and optionalDependencies. Bun will install peerDependencies by default.
  • Run your project's {pre|post}install and {pre|post}prepare scripts at the appropriate time. For security reasons Bun does not execute lifecycle scripts of installed dependencies.
  • Write a bun.lockb lockfile to the project root.


To modify logging verbosity:

bun install --verbose # debug logging
bun install --silent  # no logging

Lifecycle scripts

Unlike other npm clients, Bun does not execute arbitrary lifecycle scripts like postinstall for installed dependencies. Executing arbitrary scripts represents a potential security risk.

To tell Bun to allow lifecycle scripts for a particular package, add the package to trustedDependencies in your package.json.

  "name": "my-app",
  "version": "1.0.0",
  "trustedDependencies": ["my-trusted-package"]

Then re-install the package. Bun will read this field and run lifecycle scripts for my-trusted-package.

Lifecycle scripts will run in parallel during installation. To adjust the maximum number of concurrent scripts, use the --concurrent-scripts flag. The default is two times the reported cpu count or GOMAXPROCS.

bun install --concurrent-scripts 5


Bun supports "workspaces" in package.json. For complete documentation refer to Package manager > Workspaces.

  "name": "my-app",
  "version": "1.0.0",
  "workspaces": ["packages/*"],
  "dependencies": {
    "preact": "^10.5.13"

Overrides and resolutions

Bun supports npm's "overrides" and Yarn's "resolutions" in package.json. These are mechanisms for specifying a version range for metadependencies—the dependencies of your dependencies. Refer to Package manager > Overrides and resolutions for complete documentation.

  "name": "my-app",
  "dependencies": {
    "foo": "^2.0.0"
  "overrides": {
    "bar": "~4.4.0"

Global packages

To install a package globally, use the -g/--global flag. Typically this is used for installing command-line tools.

bun install --global cowsay # or `bun install -g cowsay`
cowsay "Bun!"
< Bun! >
        \   ^__^
         \  (oo)\_______
            (__)\       )\/\
                ||----w |
                ||     ||

Production mode

To install in production mode (i.e. without devDependencies or optionalDependencies):

bun install --production

For reproducible installs, use --frozen-lockfile. This will install the exact versions of each package specified in the lockfile. If your package.json disagrees with bun.lockb, Bun will exit with an error. The lockfile will not be updated.

bun install --frozen-lockfile

For more information on Bun's binary lockfile bun.lockb, refer to Package manager > Lockfile.

Dry run

To perform a dry run (i.e. don't actually install anything):

bun install --dry-run

Non-npm dependencies

Bun supports installing dependencies from Git, GitHub, and local or remotely-hosted tarballs. For complete documentation refer to Package manager > Git, GitHub, and tarball dependencies.

  "dependencies": {
    "dayjs": "git+https://github.com/iamkun/dayjs.git",
    "lodash": "git+ssh://github.com/lodash/lodash.git#4.17.21",
    "moment": "git@github.com:moment/moment.git",
    "zod": "github:colinhacks/zod",
    "react": "https://registry.npmjs.org/react/-/react-18.2.0.tgz"


The default behavior of bun install can be configured in bunfig.toml. The default values are shown below.


# whether to install optionalDependencies
optional = true

# whether to install devDependencies
dev = true

# whether to install peerDependencies
peer = true

# equivalent to `--production` flag
production = false

# equivalent to `--frozen-lockfile` flag
frozenLockfile = false

# equivalent to `--dry-run` flag
dryRun = false

# equivalent to `--concurrent-scripts` flag
concurrentScripts = 16 # (cpu count or GOMAXPROCS) x2


Looking to speed up your CI? Use the official oven-sh/setup-bun action to install bun in a GitHub Actions pipeline.

name: bun-types
    name: build-app
    runs-on: ubuntu-latest
      - name: Checkout repo
        uses: actions/checkout@v4
      - name: Install bun
        uses: oven-sh/setup-bun@v1
      - name: Install dependencies
        run: bun install
      - name: Build app
        run: bun run build