Agustus 16, 2012

NodeJS Installation Without OS Package Management

I use Arch Linux for all my OS activities. Arch Linux has NodeJS package and can be easily installed using pacman -S nodejs but you may see that NodeJS has fast release cycle that my Arch Linux package is sometimes left behind and also sometimes I want to use a specific version (for example, Ace - and editor part of Cloud9 IDE - can not work with NodeJS 0.8.x, it needs 0.6.x). Under this scheme, it can be difficult to deal with OS package management. That said, I need to use my own way to resolve this.

So, here is the way to solve the problem. Download the binary version of NodeJS or directly go to and get the one you need. Extract into specific directory then setup some environment variables into .bashrc so that it will be read automatically whenever I login, or put that into a file and source it whenever I need it. That's all. The details will follow if you are really helpless.

1. Download the binary version. Here I use version 0.8.7:

[bpdp@bpdp-arch nodejs]$ ls -la
total 4320
drwxr-xr-x  2 bpdp users    4096 Aug 17 06:08 .
drwxr-xr-x 22 bpdp users    4096 Aug 16 16:17 ..
-rw-r--r--  1 bpdp users 4401729 Aug 16 06:19 node-v0.8.7-linux-x86.tar.gz
[bpdp@bpdp-arch nodejs]$ 

2. Extract into the directory of your own choice:

[bpdp@bpdp-arch software]$ tar -xzvf ~/master/nodejs/node-v0.8.7-linux-x86.tar.gz
[bpdp@bpdp-arch software]$ ln -s node-v0.8.7-linux-x86 nodejs
[bpdp@bpdp-arch software]$ ls -la
drwxr-xr-x   6 bpdp users  4096 Aug 16 06:18 node-v0.8.7-linux-x86
lrwxrwxrwx   1 bpdp users    21 Aug 17 06:37 nodejs -> node-v0.8.7-linux-x86
[bpdp@bpdp-arch software]$ 

3. Set some environment variables

[bpdp@bpdp-arch environment]$ cat nodejs 


export PATH
export MANPATH
[bpdp@bpdp-arch environment]$ 

4. Source it whenever you need it:

$ source ~/environment/nodejs

Note: I put the env var into a file: $HOME/environment/nodejs

5. Surely you may also put that into your $HOME/.bashrc for automatic activation.

That's all. Happy coding!


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