The Volta Blog

Hello Volta!

We’ve got a new version available… and a new name!

Volta 0.5.0 is out, with lots of new features and improvements, including:

  • Improved stability
  • Simpler and more helpful error messages
  • Safe, fast management of npm-distributed binaries!
  • Idiomatic version syntax (e.g. typescript@3.4)

Compatibility note for current users: The package.json key for pinned tools is now called "volta". You’ll need to rename the "toolchain" key to "volta" in any existing pinned projects.

About the name: This project started as a Node version manager (hence the “No—” alliteration in the old name Notion). Since then, two things happened: first, a number of people brought to our attention the Notion productivity tool, and we decided the polite thing to do would be to rename. Second, since the project has grown in scope to let you manage arbitrary JavaScript tools, we figured it was a good opportunity to rethink the name anyway!

For these reasons and after internal discussion, we decided on a new name. What we once called Notion is now Volta: The JavaScript Launcher ⚡! Our new website is up at

Download Volta 0.5.0 and let us know what you think!

curl -sSLf | bash

Last but not least, we owe our progress to a bunch of amazing collaborators and contributors. Special thanks to Ben Blank, Steve Calvert, Travis Hoover, Rob Jackson, Chris Krycho, Stef Penner, NullVoxPopuli, and Michael Stewart for their great feedback and contributions.