Installing Node.js

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Node.js is a JavaScript runtime environment that allows you to run JavaScript outside of a browser. It's incredibly useful for building server-side applications, command-line tools, and more. In this article, we're going to walk you through the process of installing Node.js on your computer.

Installation on Windows

  • Visit the official Node.js download page.
  • Download the installer for your specific version of Windows (32-bit or 64-bit).
  • Run the installer you just downloaded.
  • Follow the instructions provided by the installer, accepting the default settings.
  • Once the installation is complete, open a new command prompt and type node -v. If Node.js was installed correctly, you should see the version number displayed.

Installation on macOS

  • Visit the official Node.js download page.
  • Download the macOS installer.
  • Open the downloaded package and follow the instructions provided by the installer.
  • Once the installation is complete, open a new Terminal window and type node -v. If Node.js was installed correctly, you should see the version number displayed.

Installation on Linux

For Linux users, there are two main ways to install Node.js: using a package manager or compiling it from source.

Using a Package Manager

  • Open a terminal window.
  • Update your package list by running sudo apt-get update or sudo yum update (depending on your distribution).
  • Install Node.js by running sudo apt-get install nodejs or sudo yum install nodejs (again, depending on your distribution).
  • Verify the installation by typing node -v. If Node.js was installed correctly, you should see the version number displayed.

Compiling from Source

  • Visit the official Node.js download page.
  • Download the source code tarball for the latest release.
  • Extract the tarball using tar -xvf <filename>, replacing <filename> with the name of the file you downloaded.
  • Navigate to the extracted directory using cd <directory>, replacing <directory> with the extracted directory's name.
  • Run ./configure to prepare the build.
  • Run make to compile Node.js.
  • Run sudo make install to install Node.js.
  • Verify the installation by typing node -v. If Node.js was installed correctly, you should see the version number displayed.

Now that you have Node.js installed, you can start exploring its features and building your own JavaScript applications outside the browser. Happy coding!

FAQ

How do I install Node.js on Windows?

To install Node.js on Windows, visit the official Node.js download page, download the installer for your specific version of Windows, run the installer, follow the instructions provided by the installer, and then open a new command prompt and type 'node -v' to verify the installation.

How do I install Node.js on macOS?

To install Node.js on macOS, visit the official Node.js download page, download the macOS installer, open the downloaded package, follow the instructions provided by the installer, and then open a new Terminal window and type 'node -v' to verify the installation.

How do I install Node.js on Linux using a package manager?

To install Node.js on Linux using a package manager, open a terminal window, update your package list by running 'sudo apt-get update' or 'sudo yum update' (depending on your distribution), install Node.js by running 'sudo apt-get install nodejs' or 'sudo yum install nodejs' (depending on your distribution), and then type 'node -v' to verify the installation.

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