Delete the node_modules folder 50% faster on Windows

Delete the node_modules folder 50% faster on Windows

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·Aug 31, 2021·

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Surely you know this, you want to delete the node_modules on windows and you wait and wait and wait. I will show you how to delete it faster. The faster way is to delete the folder using the windows command line and the RMDIR command. But the fastest way is to use the npm package "rimraf ". You have to install the package globally:

npm install rimraf -g

After that, you can delete the folder with the command rimraf {FolderPath}.

Admittedly, it is not very nice to constantly type this command. I have a solution for that as well. We add this command to the Windows Explorer context menu.

Window Contextmenu delete fast

To do this, open regedit (Win + R). Then navigate to the following path.

If you are an administrator ==> HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell


If you are a normal user ==> HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Directory\shell

Click on the shell folder with the right mouse and add a new key. The name of this key is then the name as it appears in the context menu. I have chosen for example Delete FAST. For this folder, you create another key with the name command (this name is mandatory). Then you edit the default value and enter the following value

cmd /c "cd /d %1 && cd / && rimraf "%1""

Step-by-Step REGEDIT Registration

That's it.

Now when you right-click on your folder, you have this item:

Window Contextmenu delete fast

ATTENTION: the folders and the content are permanently deleted, they do not end up in the recycle bin.

Happy Coding ;-)

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