How To Install Node.js and NPM on Ubuntu

How To Install Node.js and NPM on Ubuntu

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Node.js is an open-source, JavaScript runtime environment on Chrome’s V8 that lets you effortlessly develop fast and scalable web applications. It utilises an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight, efficient and excellent for data-intensive real-time applications that run across shared devices.


The easiest way to install Node.js and npm on Ubuntu is using Ubuntu repository, To install the Node.js and npm from the Ubuntu repository open terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and run the following commands

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install nodejs npm

The above command will install a number of packages in order to compile and install native addons from npm.

Once it is done verify the installation by running :

$ nodejs --version && npm --version

In output you should see the Node.js and NPM version respectively.

At the time of writing, the Node.js version and NPM version included in the Ubuntu repositories is 12.21.0 and 7.5.2 respectively

Uninstall Node.js

Sometimes, you may want uninstall Node.js. You can do that simply by running the below commands on your terminal.

$ sudo apt-get remove nodejs npm
$ sudo apt update


That is it, In this article we learned,

  • What is Node.js
  • How to install Node.js using Ubuntu repository
  • How to install NPM using Ubuntu repository
  • How to uninstall Node.js.

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