Installing NodeJS

By 22nd March 2017September 15th, 2020No Comments

MageStack natively supports NodeJS and provides an installer for Node Version Manager (NVM) to enable you to easily install and switch between NodeJS versions.

! The following should be run as the www-data user


Installation is as simple as running the script: /microcloud/scripts_ro/

=> Downloading nvm from git to '/home/www-data/.nvm'
=> Cloning into '/home/www-data/.nvm'...
remote: Counting objects: 6184, done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (6/6), done.
remote: Total 6184 (delta 1), reused 0 (delta 0), pack-reused 6178
Receiving objects: 100% (6184/6184), 1.78 MiB | 0 bytes/s, done.
Resolving deltas: 100% (3822/3822), done.
Checking connectivity... done.
* (detached from v0.33.1)
=> Compressing and cleaning up git repository
Counting objects: 6184, done.
Delta compression using up to 8 threads.
Compressing objects: 100% (6144/6144), done.
Writing objects: 100% (6184/6184), done.
Total 6184 (delta 4088), reused 1909 (delta 0)

=> Appending nvm source string to /home/www-data/.bashrc
=> Appending bash_completion source string to /home/www-data/.bashrc
=> Close and reopen your terminal to start using nvm or run the following to use it now:

export NVM_DIR="$HOME/.nvm"
[ -s "$NVM_DIR/" ] && \. "$NVM_DIR/"  # This loads nvm
[ -s "$NVM_DIR/bash_completion" ] && \. "$NVM_DIR/bash_completion"  # This loads nvm bash_completion

Once installed, you can either reload your bash profile for the new function to be available, or log out/in to your SSH session. You can reload your bash profile like this:

. ~/.bash_profile

You have now installed NVM and should follow the steps below in order to install NodeJS.

Installing NodeJS

Install the latest NodeJS version:

nvm install node

Install the current NodeJS LTS version:

nvm install --lts

Installing a specific NodeJS version is as simple as specifying the version number after the install parameter:

nvm install 7.7.3

Removing a NodeJS version

You can list the currently installed NodeJS versions by using the nvm list command:

nvm list
->       v7.7.4
default -> node (-> v7.7.4)
node -> stable (-> v7.7.4) (default)
nstable -> 7.7 (-> v7.7.4) (default)
iojs -> N/A (default)
vlts/* -> lts/boron (-> N/A)
lts/argon -> v4.8.1 (-> N/A)
lts/boron -> v6.10.1 (-> N/A)

The nvm uninstall command will uninstall the NodeJS version that you specify, the below example will remove 7.7.3:

nvm uninstall 7.7.3

Uninstalled node v7.7.3

Removing NVM

Removing NVM is as simple as running the installation script with the -r paremter: /microcloud/scripts_ro/ -r -r

NVM uninstalled