Install Artifact From Github

No-dependency micro helper for developers of binary addons for Node that checks the cache for an artifact before attempting to build a project. Save time for your users!

install-artifact-from-github NPM version

This is a no-dependency micro helper for developers of binary addons for Node. It is literally two small one-file utilities integrated with GitHub releases. The project solves two problems:

  • save-to-github-cache saves a binary artifact to a Github release according to the platform, architecture, and Node ABI.
  • install-from-cache retrieves a previously saved artifact, tests if it works properly, and rebuilds a project from sources in the case of failure.

In general, it can save your users from a long recompilation and, in some cases, even save them from installing build tools. By using GitHub facilities (Releases and Actions) the whole process of publishing and subsequent installations are secure, transparent, painless, inexpensive, or even free for public repositories.

How to install


npm install --save install-artifact-from-github

How to use

In your package.json (pseudo-code with comments):

  // your custom package.json stuff
  // ...
  "scripts": {
    // your scripts go here
    // ...

    // saves an artifact
    "save-to-github": "save-to-github-cache --artifact build/Release/ABC.node",

    // installs using pre-created artifacts
    "install": "install-from-cache --artifact build/Release/ABC.node",

    // used by "install" to test the artifact
    "verify-build": "node scripts/verify-build.js"

    // used by "install" to rebuild from sources
    "rebuild": "node-gyp rebuild"

Examples of GitHub actions can be found in the documentation.


The full documentation is available in the wiki.

Release history

  • 1.3.3 minor refactor, added support for a personal token.
  • 1.3.2 added support for the 204 response and error logging.
  • 1.3.1 added a way to specify a custom build, thx Grisha Pushkov + a test.
  • 1.3.0 enhanced support for custom mirrors.
  • 1.2.0 support for NPM >= 7.
  • 1.1.3 technical release: updated docs.
  • 1.1.2 technical release: updated docs.
  • 1.1.1 numerous bugfixes to please Github REST API.
  • 1.1.0 moved save-to-github here from a separate project, reduced 3rd-party dependencies.
  • 1.0.2 fixed a yarn-specific bug.
  • 1.0.1 fixed a bug in the environment variable parameter.
  • 1.0.0 initial release (extracted from node-re2).
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