Node.js is a popular platform created for easily building fast and scalable network applications. Also, node.js contains a highly customizable HTTP server library so it is possible to run a web server without the use of external software, such as Apache thus allowing more control of how the web server works. Node.js is maturing quickly and it has become wildly popular. Node.js is able to handle modern Web content in all its richness. It’s fairly easy to get started with node.js. To install the latest version of node.js on a virtual server running Ubuntu 13.10, follow the steps below:
Update Ubuntu packages and install the required dependencies:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade sudo apt-get install gcc cpp g++ automake1.9 autoconf libtool flex bison python-software-properties
Download the latest version of node.js from the official site, then extract the archive file and install node.js:
cd /usr/local/src wget http://nodejs.org/dist/node-latest.tar.gz tar zxvf node-latest.tar.gz cd node-v0.1* ./configure make sudo make install
Then, check the version of node.js installed on the virtual server using the following command:
# node --version v0.10.23
Bower is a front-end package manager for the web which runs over Git, and is package-agnostic. To install Bower execute the following commands:
sudo apt-get install git-core sudo npm cache clean sudo npm install -g bower
Once it is installed on the VPS, more information about Bower is available via ‘bower help’:
# bower help Usage: bower <command> [<args>] [<options>] Commands: cache Manage bower cache help Display help information about Bower home Opens a package homepage into your favorite browser info Info of a particular package init Interactively create a bower.json file install Install a package locally link Symlink a package folder list List local packages lookup Look up a package URL by name prune Removes local extraneous packages register Register a package search Search for a package by name update Update a local package uninstall Remove a local package Options: -f, --force Makes various commands more forceful -j, --json Output consumable JSON -l, --log-level What level of logs to report -o, --offline Do not hit the network -q, --quiet Only output important information -s, --silent Do not output anything, besides errors -V, --verbose Makes output more verbose --allow-root Allows running commands as root See 'bower help <command>' for more information on a specific command.
This is just enough to get you started.
Of course you don’t have to do any of this if you use one of our Linux VPS hosting services, in which case you can simply ask our expert Linux admins to install node.js and Bower on your VPS for you. They are available 24×7 and will take care of your request immediately.
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