A script to install basic development tools for node (git, node, gcc, pkg-config, etc)
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Easy Install node.js

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Automated node.js installers for OS X and Ubuntu

node.js only (no dev tools)

# install node.js without development dependencies
curl -fsSL https://bit.ly/node-installer | bash -s -- --no-dev-deps

# using wget instead of curl (Ubuntu)
wget -nv https://bit.ly/node-installer -O - | bash -s -- --no-dev-deps

node.js + dev tools

Install node.js and basic development tools - git, node, gcc, pkg-config, etc

curl -fsSL https://bit.ly/node-installer -o ./node-installer.sh; bash ./node-installer.sh --dev-deps

# or wget
wget -nv https://bit.ly/node-installer -O - ./node-installer.sh; bash ./node-installer.sh --dev-deps

Note: bit.ly/node-installer simple redirects to https://git.coolaj86.com/coolaj86/node-installer.sh/raw/master/install.sh


How to Setup a VPS for node.js Development - (3:06 installing node.js)


Choosing a specific version


export NODEJS_VER=""


export NODEJS_VER="v10.2.1"

Latest of vX.Y.Z

export NODEJS_VER="v8.1"

Latest of vX.YY.Z

# latest of v8.11.x
export NODEJS_VER="v8.11"

Latest of vX.Y

export NODEJS_VER="v10"

Fun FYI, here's how the latest version is determined:

NODEJS_VER=$(curl -fsSL https://nodejs.org/dist/index.tab | tail -n +2 | cut -f 1 | head -1 )
echo "The current node.js version is $NODEJS_VER"
NODEJS_VER=$(curl -fsSL https://nodejs.org/dist/index.tab | tail -n +2 | cut -f 1 | grep $BASE_VER | head -1 )
echo "Latest node.js $BASE_VER is $NODEJS_VER"

Choosing an install location

Just set BOTH NODE_PATH and NPM_CONFIG_PREFIX. The install path will be the preceding lib/node_modules (which you usually want to be the same as NPM_CONFIG_PREFIX anyway).

export NPM_CONFIG_PREFIX=/tmp/usr/local
export NODE_PATH=/tmp/usr/local/lib/node_modules

A more realistic example for a self-contained node app:

export NPM_CONFIG_PREFIX=/opt/my-app
export NODE_PATH=/opt/my-app/lib/node_modules
curl -fsSL https://bit.ly/node-installer -o ./node-installer.sh; bash ./node-installer.sh --dev-deps

If you want to add the install location to your PATH:



Apple OS X

First you need to Install XCode Command Line Tools

xcode-select --install

Then you need to Accept the XCode License by running any command installed by Xcode with sudo. We'll use git.

sudo git --version

You can scroll to the bottom by hitting shift+G (capital G).

Type agree and hit enter to accept the license.

Now you can install node.js

curl -fsSL https://bit.ly/node-installer -o /tmp/node-installer.sh; bash /tmp/node-installer.sh --dev-deps

TODO: Make it easier to accepting the license (automatic?)

Ubuntu Linux

wget -nv https://bit.ly/node-installer -O /tmp/node-installer.sh; bash /tmp/node-installer.sh --dev-deps

Other things you should know

This is what gets installed with the dev dependencies:

  • rsync
  • curl
  • wget
  • git
  • xcode / brew / build-essential / pkg-config / gcc
  • node (including npm)
  • jshint

NOTE: If you're running a node.js server on an edge server, I'd highly recommend that you also install fail2ban to secure ssh - especially if you haven't switched your server to use key-only authentication.