Install npm on Ubuntu 16.04

We’ll show you, how to install npm on Ubuntu 16.04. npm is a JavaScript package manager which can be used to install, share, and distribute code as well as to manage dependencies in your projects. It is written entirely in JavaScript as an inspiration from the other similar projects like PEAR for PHP or CPAN for Perl. Installing npm on Ubuntu 16.04, is an easy task, just follow the steps bellow and you should have successfully installed npm on Ubuntu 16.04.

1. Connect via SSH and Upgrade your System

The very first thing you need to do is to connect to your Linux VPS via SSH and upgrade your system software to the latest version available. You can do that by using the following command:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get -y upgrade

The upgrade process could take from few seconds to few minutes depending on the software that needs to be upgraded. Once your system is up to date, you can proceed with the other steps of this tutorial.

Next we’ll need to install Node.js, The installation of Node.js on Ubuntu 16.04, can be done using several different methods:

APT: the default Ubutun package manager
PPA: Personal Package Manager
NVM: Node Version Manager

For detailed instructions for each of those methods, please visit our blog post on how to install Node.js on Ubuntu 16.04

2. Install Node.js Version – 4.x on Ubuntu 16.04

npm is bundled with Node.js, so to install npm you only need to install Node.js on your Ubuntu VPS. To install Node.js 4.x LTS on Ubuntu 16.04, run the following commands:

curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_4.x | sudo -E bash -
sudo apt-get install -y nodejs

3. Install Node.js Version – 7.x on Ubuntu 16.04

Alternatively, to install Node.js 7.x on Ubuntu 16.04, which is the current version of Node.js, run the commands below:

curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_7.x | sudo -E bash -
sudo apt-get install -y nodejs

4. Verify npm Installation on Ubuntu 16.04

To verify that the installation is successful you can check the version of npm:

npm -v

The output should be similar to the one below:

# npm -v

5. Check npm Help Documentation

A good way to start using npm is to read the npm help page or the npm documentation. To check the npm help page, enter the following command:

npm help

Here is the npm help page:

# npm help

Usage: npm <command>

where <command> is one of:
    access, add-user, adduser, apihelp, author, bin, bugs, c,
    cache, completion, config, ddp, dedupe, deprecate, dist-tag,
    dist-tags, docs, edit, explore, faq, find, find-dupes, get,
    help, help-search, home, i, info, init, install, issues, la,
    link, list, ll, ln, login, logout, ls, outdated, owner,
    pack, ping, prefix, prune, publish, r, rb, rebuild, remove,
    repo, restart, rm, root, run-script, s, se, search, set,
    show, shrinkwrap, star, stars, start, stop, t, tag, team,
    test, tst, un, uninstall, unlink, unpublish, unstar, up,
    update, upgrade, v, version, view, whoami

npm  -h     quick help on 
npm -l           display full usage info
npm faq          commonly asked questions
npm help   search for help on 
npm help npm     involved overview

Specify configs in the ini-formatted file:
or on the command line via: npm <command> --key value
Config info can be viewed via: npm help config

npm@4.2.0 /usr/lib/node_modules/npm <command>

That’s it, you have successfully Installed npm on Ubuntu 16.04. The npm documentation is available at https://docs.npmjs.com/.

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