How to identify the latest npm package version

You can use

npm info [package name] version | head -n1

to print just the latest package version, for example:

npm info @angular/cli version | head -n1

The head -n1 part is neccessary to suppress unwanted npm info messages. Just running the command without head -n1 :

npm info @angular/cli version

prints the following output:

npm notice 
npm notice New minor version of npm available! 7.21.1 -> 7.24.0
npm notice Changelog:
npm notice Run npm install -g npm@7.24.0 to update!
npm notice

I typically use the node:latest docker container instead of a local npm to find the latest version of an npm package:

docker run -it --rm node:latest npm info meshcommander version | head -n1

At the time of writing this article, the command prints