Installing Nodejs for Linux

This post documents the steps to install nodejs on a Linux system using console (terminal) commands.

Download nodejs (here I’m downloading the recommended version) which can be found on the nodejs website.

#> wget https://nodejs.org/dist/v8.9.4/node-v8.9.4-linux-x64.tar.xz

Extract the files from the tar archive and place in /usr/local.

#> tar -xf node-v8.9.4-linux-x64.tar.xz
#> mv node-v8.9.4-linux-x64 /usr/local

Now create links to the nodejs binaries in /usr/local/bin.

#> ln -s /usr/local/node-v8.9.4-linux-x64/bin/* /usr/local/bin/

Node should now be installed on your system.

#> node -v
v8.9.4

If you don’t see the version string output when issuing the above command, you probably need to put /usr/local/bin into your path – on Ubuntu 16.04, I did not.

In your default shell, add the following lines to the configuration file (in Bash, ~/.bashrc or ~/.bash_profile).

PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/bin
export PATH

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