Node.js

How to Install Node.js

March 1, 2023

This guide is part of the "Snippets" series. This series is focused on providing simple and accessible tutorials on various topics relating to development!


Node.js is a free and open-source, cross-platform, JavaScript runtime environment that executes JavaScript code outside of a web browser. It was created by Ryan Dahl in 2009 and is built on top of the V8 JavaScript engine from Google Chrome.

Node.js is commonly used to build server-side applications, such as web servers, API servers, and real-time applications, as well as desktop applications and command-line tools. It provides an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it efficient and scalable for handling large volumes of network connections and requests.

How to Install Node.js

  1. First, visit the official Node.js website at https://nodejs.org/en/ and click on the "Download" button on the homepage.
  2. On the next page, you'll see the download options for the current version of Node.js. If you're using a Windows machine, click on the "Windows Installer" button. If you're on a Mac, click on the "macOS Installer" button. Choose the appropriate version for your operating system.
  3. Once the installer is downloaded, run it and follow the prompts to complete the installation process. You may need to provide administrative access to install Node.js on your system.
  4. After the installation process is complete, open your command prompt or terminal and type the following command:
node -v

This command will check the version of Node.js that you have installed. If Node.js is installed correctly, you should see the version number displayed in your terminal.

  1. Congratulations! You have successfully installed Node.js on your machine.

In case you run into any issues during the installation process, here are some troubleshooting tips:

  • If you're having trouble installing Node.js on a Windows machine, make sure that you have the latest version of Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable installed. You can download it from Microsoft's website at https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/topic/the-latest-supported-visual-c-downloads-2647da03-1eea-4433-9aff-95f26a218cc0.
  • If you're having trouble installing Node.js on a Mac, try using Homebrew to install it instead. Homebrew is a package manager for Mac that makes it easy to install and manage software packages. You can install Homebrew by following the instructions on their website at https://brew.sh/. Once you have Homebrew installed, you can install Node.js by running the following command in your terminal:
brew install node
  • If you're still having trouble, try searching for solutions on the official Node.js GitHub repository at https://github.com/nodejs/node. The repository has a lot of helpful resources and a community of developers who can help answer your questions.

Here are some external resources that you may find useful:

  • The official Node.js documentation at https://nodejs.org/en/docs/. This documentation includes tutorials, API references, and other resources to help you get started with Node.js.
  • The Node.js subreddit at https://www.reddit.com/r/node. This subreddit is a great place to ask questions and get help from other Node.js developers.

I hope this tutorial helps you successfully install Node.js on your machine! Let me know if you have any other questions.


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