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Shawon Saha
Shawon Saha

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Effortlessly Install or Switch Node Versions with NVM on Linux

Installing Node on a new Linux machine can be a frustrating experience, especially when you need a specific version or need to switch between different versions for different projects. The process of switching between versions can be a hassle and a nightmare. But there's good news! NVM (Node Version Manager) is a lifesaver for this problem. NVM makes it easy to install and switch between different versions of Node.js with just a few simple commands. Say goodbye to frustration and hello to easy Node version management with NVM on Linux.

Run Any one of these command

curl -o- | bash

# or

wget -qO- | bash
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These commands will clone the nvm repository to a ~/.nvm directory on your device, and attempts to add the source lines from the snippet below to the correct profile file ~/.bash_profile or ~/.zshrc ~/.profile or ~/.bashrc

If it's failed to register then you need to manually input this snippet at the end the /.bashrc or /.zshrc if you use zsh

export NVM_DIR="$([ -z "${XDG_CONFIG_HOME-}" ] && printf %s "${HOME}/.nvm" || printf %s "${XDG_CONFIG_HOME}/nvm")"
[ -s "$NVM_DIR/" ] && \. "$NVM_DIR/" # This loads nvm
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Now restart the terminal or run source ~/.bashrc

To verify if nvm is succesfully installed or not run nvm -v

In conclusion, NVM (Node Version Manager) makes managing Node.js versions on your Windows, Linux, or Mac device a breeze. With NVM, you can easily install, uninstall, and switch between different Node versions. To install the latest version of Node, simply run

nvm install latest
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To install a specific version such as X.Y.Z, use the command

nvm install 16.18.1 
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You can also set a specific version as the default by running

nvm alias default vX.Y.Z
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When you need to use a specific version on a project, simply run

nvm use vA.B.C
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NVM is a valuable tool for managing multiple Node.js versions across different projects that require different versions.

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Top comments (3)

adelak profile image

In my 4 years of node development, nvm is the worst of the worst.

Try out volta, you'll never look back after that

rennycat profile image
Jaruwat Thongchana

pnpm is node package manager and also version manager.

toyo_tomi profile image

n is also a neat version manager for Node.