Use CLI with Bower Below Version 1.5

JFrog Artifactory Documentation

JFrog Artifactory
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Version support

Older versions of Bower are only supported by Artifactory up to version 4.2.0.

In order to use Bower below version 1.5 with Artifactory you need 2 components (npm packages):

  1. bower-art-resolver - A custom Bower resolver dedicated to integrate with Artifactory.

  2. bower-art - A temporary custom Bower CLI with the pluggable resolvers mechanism currently in pending pull request.

The bower-art package is a peer dependency of bower-art-resolver. Therefore, both can be easily installed with:

npm install -g bower-art-resolver

Use bower-art instead of bower

While Artifactory support for Bower is in Beta, after installing the required components, you need to execute bower-art instead of each bower command.

For example, use bower-art install <pkg> instead of bower install <pkg>

Updating Resolver

In order to update Artifactory resolver, please uninstall the "bower-art" npm package first, and then install the resolver. This step is necessary because npm doesn`t update peer dependencies.

Once bower-art is installed, replace the default registry with a URL pointing to a Bower repository in Artifactory by editing your ~/.bowerrc configuration file (the example below uses a repository with the key bower-repo ):

  "registry": "http://localhost:8081/artifactory/api/bower/bower-repo"

.bowerrc file location

Windows: %userprofile%\.bowerrc

Linux: ~/.bowerrc


We recommend referencing a Virtual Repositories URL as a registry. This gives you the flexibility to reconfigure and aggregate other external sources and local repositories of Bower packages you deployed.

Once the Bower command line tool is configured, every bower-art install command will fetch packages from the bower repository specified above. For example:

$ bower install bootstrap
bower bootstrap#*           not-cached art://twbs/bootstrap#*
bower bootstrap#*           resolve art://twbs/bootstrap#*
bower bootstrap#*           extract archive.tar.gz
bower bootstrap#*           resolved art://twbs/bootstrap#e-tag:0b9cb774e1