npm is the official package manager for Node.js, the non-blocking, asynchronous I/O framework that uses Google's V8 JavaScript engine. It can be used to install and publish CommonJS modules, jQuery plugins, reusable javascript code (libraries) and JavaScript-based CLI programs.

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In brief, npm is a package manager for JavaScript. It stands for Node Package Manager.