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Install Node.js through NVM and EPEL on CentOs/RHEL 7 Linux

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Earlier we have done installation through source package , you can find here that post from below link. Node.js Installation from Source . Here we are going to through two method first one is from EPEL repository and other from Node Version Manager ( NVM ) .

Method 1 :  Install Node.js from EPEL Repository

I am going to configure node.js  on CentOs 7 Server . first we need to configure EPEL on CentOs 7 from below link of article.

EPEL Repository Installation on CentOS 7

After installation  run the below command for installation of node.js . I am assuming you have root previlage of server , otherwise if you have user sudo previlage , you need to use sudo before command.

# yum install 
....    ....    ....    Installing : 1:v8- 1/5  Installing : c-ares-1.10.0-3.el7.x86_64 2/5  Installing : http-parser-2.0-5.20121128gitcd01361.el7.x86_64 3/5  Installing : 1:libuv-0.10.34-2.el7.x86_64 4/5  Installing : nodejs-0.10.36-3.el7.x86_64 5/5  Verifying : 1:libuv-0.10.34-2.el7.x86_64 1/5  Verifying : http-parser-2.0-5.20121128gitcd01361.el7.x86_64 2/5  Verifying : nodejs-0.10.36-3.el7.x86_64 3/5  Verifying : c-ares-1.10.0-3.el7.x86_64 4/5  Verifying : 1:v8- 5/5    Installed:  nodejs.x86_64 0:0.10.36-3.el7    Dependency Installed:  c-ares.x86_64 0:1.10.0-3.el7  http-parser.x86_64 0:2.0-5.20121128gitcd01361.el7  libuv.x86_64 1:0.10.34-2.el7  v8.x86_64 1:    ....    ....    ....

Here we are doing install npm to manage node packages.

#  yum  install npm


Method 2 :  Install Nodejs from Node Version Manager ( NVM )

Second method we are using through nvm tool, that can manage node easily. To install nvm on centos 7 , you can download and execute script from git hub repository. Below are two command , which you can use to download and execute the script from curl and wget command.Follow below commands.

# curl -o- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/creationix/nvm/v0.30.2/install.sh | bash    OR    # wget -qO- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/creationix/nvm/v0.30.2/install.sh | bash

After run one of the command , the script output should be like below.


% Total % Received % Xferd Average Speed Time Time Time Current Dload Upload Total Spent Left Speed 100 7750 100 7750 0 0 32751 0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:-- 32838 => Downloading nvm as script to '/root/.nvm' => Appending source string to /root/.bashrc => Close and reopen your terminal to start using nvm

From nvm  list-remote command show which version of node its having in it. See the below output of below command.

# nvm list-remote



....    ....    v4.0.0  v4.1.0  v4.1.1  v4.1.2  v4.2.0  v4.2.1  v4.2.2  v4.2.3  v4.2.4  v4.2.5  v4.2.6  v4.3.0  v5.0.0  v5.1.0  v5.1.1  v5.2.0  v5.3.0  v5.4.0  v5.4.1  v5.5.0  v5.6.0

Now you can select a version of node , which you require from list and install from below command,Here I am going to install latest stable version of node from nvm command.

#  v5.6.0

nvm install npm install nodejs node.js versions node.js download node.js install node.js

If you have install earlier also node any version on server , you can see the version on server installed by list parameter and current use version of node.

# nvm list

nvm install npm install nodejs node.js versions node.js download node.js install node.js

Here I have fresh install stable version , so there is not any difference. Check below image.

If you got different version on server of node install , you can switch between them from below command.

To set any version which you want use below command .

# nvm use  v5.6.0

For set default version , use alias parameter with nvm and node version.

To set this version as the default, type:

# nvm alias default [VERSSION]

Check Installed  Node.js Version 

Once the installation done , you can check through below command to check  node.js version  .

# node  --version



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Sachin is Red Hat Linux Certified and Freelance Contributor and Love to work and write on Open Source and Cloud Technologies .