How to install NodeJS on Debian
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Login to your server via SSH
# ssh [email protected]_ip
You can check whether you have the proper version of Debian installed on your server with the below command:
# lsb_release -a
Which should give you the underneath output:
Distributor ID: Debian Description: Debian GNU/Linux 8.2 (jessie) Release: 8.2 Codename: jessie
2. Update the system
Make sure your server is fully up to date.
# apt-get update && apt-get upgrade
3. Install Node.js
The Node.js v4.x repository is located at https://deb.nodesource.com/node_4.x. However, we recommend you to use the setup script to activate it which will also ensure that your system is both compatible and set up properly, including installing the NodeSource GPG key. Enter the below command:
# curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_4.x | sudo bash -
Then, install Node.js with:
# apt-get install --yes nodejs
If you want to compile and install native addons from npm you may also need to install build tools. Therefore, issue the following:
# apt-get install -y build-essential
You can check the installed Node.js version with:
# node -v
which should give you the following output:
4. Install Bower
Bower can be installed via the NodeJS package manager known as npm. To install Bower globally on your server run the underneath the command:
# npm install bower -g
Check Bower’s version:
# bower -v
5. Install Gulp
Gulp can also be installed using npm. You can use the same command that you used for Bower, in the process changing bower with gulp of course:
# npm install gulp -g
# gulp -v
That’s it. You have successfully installed NodeJS, Bower and Gulp on your Debian 8 VPS. Next, you may want to check their official documentation to get more familiar with these great tools. For more information please check the below links:
Of course you don’t have to install NodeJS on Debian if you use one of our Java VPS Hosting services, in which case you can simply ask our expert Linux admins to install NodeJS, Bower and Gulp for you. They are available 24×7 and will take care of your request immediately.
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