Installing node.js

Ubuntu, Mint, elementary OS

From Ubuntu 12.04 to 13.04, an old version (0.6.x) of Node is in the standard repository. To install, just run:

sudo apt-get install nodejs

Obtaining a recent version of Node or installing on older Ubuntu and other apt-based distributions may require a few extra steps. Example install:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y python-software-properties python g++ make
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:chris-lea/node.js
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nodejs

It installs current stable Node on the current stable Ubuntu. 12.10 and 13.04 users may need to install the software-properties-common package for the add-apt-repository command to work: sudo apt-get install software-properties-common

As of Node.js v0.10.0, the nodejs package from Chris Lea‘s repo includes both npm and nodejs-dev.

There is a naming conflict with the node package (Amateur Packet Radio Node Program), and the nodejs binary has been renamed from node to nodejs. You’ll need to symlink /usr/bin/node to /usr/bin/nodejs or you could uninstall the Amateur Packet Radio Node Program to avoid that conflict.

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