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This is Bevry's supported guide for installing Node.js on your computer as well as any other required dependencies for your particular system. This guide is Bevry's supported guide, as we've found other guides will leave you with an incorrectly configured environment causing permission errors and missing executables that are hard to track down.

On Linux (Mac OSX, Ubuntu, Fedora, etc)

Preparation

Mac Preparation

  1. Install Command Line Tools:

     xcode-select --install
    

    Xcode may or may not be necessary for the above command, if it fails, Download & Install Xcode, and try again.

  2. Ensure correct permissions are set for /usr/local:

     sudo chown -R $USER /usr/local
    

APT Linux Preparation (Ubuntu)

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install curl build-essential openssl libssl-dev git python

YUM Linux Preparation (Fedora)

sudo yum -y install tcsh scons gcc-c++ glibc-devel openssl-devel git python

Installation

Node Version Manager aka NVM lets you install multiple versions of Node.js to your local user directory, enabling easy upgrades and version switching, without the permission troubles that are common with non-NVM setups.

  1. Uninstall any previous Node.js versions you may already have

  2. Install NVM by running the following in Terminal:

     git clone git://github.com/creationix/nvm.git ~/.nvm
     printf "\n\n# NVM\nif [ -s ~/.nvm/nvm.sh ]; then\n\tNVM_DIR=~/.nvm\n\tsource ~/.nvm/nvm.sh\nfi" >> ~/.bashrc
     NVM_DIR=~/.nvm
     source ~/.nvm/nvm.sh
    
  3. Install Node.js by running the following in Terminal:

     nvm install node
     nvm alias default node
     nvm use node
    

On Windows

  1. Download & Install Git

    IMPORTANT. When installing, make sure you install with the option of making git available to the windows command line.

  2. Download & Install Node.js