Installing Node via NVM

Hi there! In this tutorial, you'll learn how to install Node.js using NVM. If you want to learn more about Node.js and why it's useful, there's a good explaination over on the Modulus blog.

Let's get started!

We'll be using NVM (the Node Version Manager). Not to be confused with npm (the Node Package Manager), NVM is a simple bash script to manage multiple active Node.js versions. Basically, NVM allows you to install Node.js and gives you some extra tools to be able to switch between Node.js versions if particular projects require that.
Installing NVM

To install NVM, we'll use curl to download and run an install script. (To all the security folks out there, yes, I hear you.)

Copy and past the following line into your Terminal application, and hit enter.

curl -o- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/creationix/nvm/v0.29.0/install.sh | bash

Now, quit and reopen your Terminal app. We need to check whether NVM was able to successfully install itself in your bash profile. Type nvm and hit enter. If you get an error, you'll need to add NVM to your bash profile manually.

Type nano .bash_profile. This will open up your .bash_profile document. Paste the following text into your .bash_profile document.

. ~/.nvm/nvm.sh

Press Ctrl + X to save, Y to agree to save. Now you should be able to quit your Terminal, open it again, type nvm, hit enter, and see the Node Version Manager help text.

YAY!

Installing Node

Now that we have NVM installed, we can download and install Node.js.

We'll install the latest stable version. Type nvm install stable.

You'll see a loading bar, and then

Now using node v5.0.0 (npm v3.3.6)

To test whether Node.js is really truly installed, type node --version. You should get back something like v5.0.0, with a version number corresponding to the version NVM installed.

If at any time you need to use a different version of Node.js, and have installed multiple versions from NVM, just use

nvm use X.X.X

... where X.X.X is the version number you wish to use.

Congratulations, you just installed Node.js, and have a sweet version manager to keep yourself up to date.

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