Upgrading Node.js to latest version


So, I have Node.js installed and now when I tried to install Mongoosejs I got an error telling me that I don't have the needed version of Node.js (I have v0.4.11 and v0.4.12 is needed).

How can I upgrade to this version? I suppose I just could install it again with the latest version, but I don't want to do it before I'm sure that my project folders in the folder "node" won't be deleted.

7/24/2013 11:47:17 AM

Accepted Answer


The module n makes version-management easy:

sudo npm install n -g

For the latest stable version:

sudo n stable

For the latest version:

sudo n latest


just reinstall node from the .msi in Windows from the node website.

10/21/2018 3:43:26 PM

2019 Solution Without using sudo!

The current stable "LTS" version of node is 10.16.0 (2019-07-12) see: nodejs.org for latest.

Step 1 - Get NVM (Node Version Manger)

curl -o- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/nvm-sh/nvm/v0.34.0/install.sh | bash

If you're curious about the installation command read the source code
... its been reviewed by several security experts

Step 2 - Install the version of node.js you need

Once you've got NVM you can install a specific version of Node.js using the nvm command:

nvm install v10.16

Note: you may need to close & re-open your terminal window for nvm command to be available.

You should expect to see something like this in your terminal:

Now using node v10.16.0

Step 3 - Enjoy the rest of your day!

Yes, it's that easy and didn't require sudo!
Now please Upvote this (so others can avoid sudo-installing things!)
and have a lovely day writing node.js code!

Microsoft Windows User? Use: https://github.com/coreybutler/nvm-windows


Review of the node mailing list indicates that using NVM (Node Version Manager) is the preferred way to manage your nodejs versioning/upgrading. see: github.com/nvm-sh/nvm

NVM is considered "better" than N because the verbose commands mean is much easier to keep track of what you are doing in your Terminal/SSH Log. Its also faster, saves kittens by not requiring sudo and is used by the team at NPM the node.js security experts!

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