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Version: 8.1.2

Node.js is an open-source, cross-platform runtime environment for developing server-side Web applications in JavaScript.

Get the Code

Switch to /usr/local/src and download the pre-compiled binaries.

cd /usr/local/src
curl --remote-name


Unpack the binaries into /usr/local/mac-dev-env.

tar -zxvf node-vVERSION-darwin-x64.tar.gz -C ../mac-dev-env

Create a symbolic link to /usr/local/node.

ln -s mac-dev-env/node-vVERSION-darwin-x64 /usr/local/node


Execute the following lines to update your Bash startup script.

echo 'export PATH=/usr/local/node/bin:$PATH' >> ~/.bash_profile
echo 'export MANPATH=/usr/local/node/share/man:$MANPATH' >> ~/.bash_profile

Load the new shell configurations.

source ~/.bash_profile

Verify the Installation

Verify that you have successfully installed Node.js.

node --version