In my previous post, I explained how to install
npm on OS X Mavericks using
We are now going to take a look at how to do the same on Linux.
Note: This procedure has been tested on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS but it should also work for different versions of Linux.
I have a Windows Azure virtual machine running Ubuntu 14.04 to host different websites and webapps. The idea is that, like me, you might want to use different versions of
node for different appas. But using
apt-get install nodejs will only give you the latest version.
Node Version Manager
For those familiar with Ruby, it is highly recommended to use a Ruby Version Manager such as rbenv or rvm. It works like a charm when you need to manage different version of Ruby and don't want to screw up the system version of Ruby.
It turns out that something similar exists for
node! It is called
nvm for Node Version Manager. The good news is that it is really easy to install!
So let's get started!
First, we need to clone the
$ git clone https://github.com/creationix/nvm.git ~/.nvm
Then, we need to add the following line to our
$ echo "source ~/.nvm/nvm.sh" >> .zshrc
This allows us to use
nvm in your shell. And that's it!
Installing node & npm
nvm is not enough, we now need to install
To print out the list of all the available versions, simply run:
$ nvm ls-remote
We want to install the current stable version which is v0.10.26, so we need to run:
$ nvm install -s v0.10.26
-s flag means we want to compile
node from source.
When the installation process is finished, our brand new
npm will be installed!
The great thing with
nvm is that you can use a different version of
node in each of your shell instances. But if you want to stick to the latest version, you can set it as
default by running:
$ nvm alias default 0.10.26
Make sure everything is up and running by typing
node -v && npm -v.
That's all folks! You can now manage different versions of
node/npm without even thinking about it. :)