Publish a Package

Packages are a convenient way to store and share nodes with the Dynamo community. A package can contain everything from Custom Nodes created in the Dynamo workspace to NodeModel derived nodes. Packages are published and installed using the Package Manager. In addition to this page the Primer has a general guide on packages.

What is a Package Manager?

The Dynamo Package Manager is a Software Registry (similar to npm) that can be accessed from Dynamo or in a web browser. The Package Manager includes installing, publishing, updating, and viewing packages. Like npm, it maintains different versions of packages. It also helps to manage the dependencies of your project.

In the browser, search for packages and view statistics:

  • In Dynamo, the Package Manager includes install, publish, and update packages.


  1. Search for packages online: Packages > Search for a Package...
  2. View/edit installed packages: Packages > Manage Packages...
  3. Publish a new package: Packages > Publish New Package...

Publishing a package

Packages are published from Package Manager within Dynamo. The recommended process is to publish locally, test the package and then publish online to share with the community. Using the NodeModel Case Study, we will go through the necessary steps to publish the RectangularGrid node as a package locally and then on online.

Start Dynamo and select Packages > Publish New Package... to open the Publish a Package window.

  1. Select Add file... to browse for files to add to the package
  2. Select the two .dll files from the NodeModel Case Study
  3. Select Ok

With the files added to the package contents, give the package a name, description, and version. Publishing a package using Dynamo automatically creates a pkg.json file.

A package ready to be published.

  1. Supply the required information for name, description, and version.
  2. Publish by clicking "Publish Locally" and select Dynamo's package folder: AppData\Roaming\Dynamo\Dynamo Core\1.3\packages to have the node available in Core. Always publish locally until the package is ready to share.

After publishing a package, the nodes will be available in the Dynamo Library under the categoryCustomNodeModel.

  1. The package we just created in the Dynamo Library

Once the package is ready to publish online, open the Package Manager and choose Publish and then Publish Online.

  1. To see how Dynamo has formatted the package, click on the three vertical dots to the right of "CustomNodeModel" and choose "Show Root Directory"
  2. Select Publish then Publish Online in the "Publish a Dynamo Package" window.
  3. To uninstall a package, select Uninstall....

How do I update a package?

Updating a package is a similar process to publishing. Open the Package Manager and select Publish Version... on the package that needs to be updated and enter a higher version.

  1. Select Publish Version to update an existing package with new files in the root directory, then choose whether it should be published locally or online.

Package Manager web client

The Package Manager web client is used exclusively for searching and viewing package data such as versioning and download statistics.

The Package Manager web client can be accessed at this link:

package manager in the browser

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