Stratus Guides - Node.js Node Version Manager

Node Version Manager (nvm) is a version manager for node.js, designed to be installed per-user, and invoked per-shell. nvm works on any POSIX-compliant shell (sh, dash, ksh, zsh, bash), in particular on these platforms: Unix, macOS, and windows WSL.

Documentation for NVM can be found in Github.

Helpful Commands

  • To show available versions:

      $ nvm ls-remote
  • To install a specific version:

      $ nvm install v13.10.0
  • To confirm installed versions:

      $ node -v
      $ npm -v
  • To switch through installed versions nvm provides the nvm use command. This works similarly to the install command.

    For example, to switch to Node.js version 13.6.0:

      $ nvm use 13.6.0

    To switch to Node.js version 12.14.1:

      $ nvm use 12.14.1
  • To switch to the latest Node.js version (our system detects and always use latest one by default):

      $ nvm use node
  • To switch to the latest LTS version:

      $ nvm use --lts
  • To list what is already installed on server:

      $ nvm ls

When switching to a different version, nvm will make the node instance in your terminal symlink to the proper Node.js instance.

Last modified January 1, 0001