Sometimes, all you want to do is grab an npm package and execute a command with it, without having to install it (whether globally or as a dependency).
That's what you can do with
pnpm dlx vercel deploy
This example shows how to use the vercel CLI package without having to install it thanks to
In this example, pnpm downloads the vercel package, and executes it with the command
deploy (that deploys a project to the Vercel platform).
Some use cases
You don't want to install globally a package because you only need to execute its binary script once
You don't want a package to be a dev dependency of your project, or you are not using it in the context of a Node project
You need to execute a CLI package command from a CI pipeline
You want to ensure you use the latest version of a package (useful for starter kits like
Good to know
For starter kits, you can use
pnpm create instead of
pnpm dlx. For instance, executing
pnpm create vue is equivalent to executing
pnpm dlx create-vue.