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How to Install Node.js from Source

Last Updated: Tue, Jan 25, 2022
Linux Guides Node.js

Introduction

If you need to install Node.js from source, you should consult the official documentation.

Overview

Here is a brief summary of the steps:

  1. Install the necessary build dependencies, C++ compiler, and build toolchain for your system.
  2. Install Python.
  3. Download the source code.
  4. Launch ./configure
  5. Launch make.
  6. Test your compiled version with make test.
  7. Install it with make install.
  8. Check the version with node --version.

Why Install from Source?

  • Pro: You can install any version of Node.js.
  • Pro: You have full control.
  • Con: You need to install a compiler and build tools before you can even start.
  • Con: Most complicated and slowest way to install Node.js.

Summary

Vultr does not recommend installing Node.js from source.

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