Install Node / NPM On Ubuntu 14.04


Node is fairly new and is constantly improving. With Ubuntu LTS, the repository versions tend to stay the same version and only changing for patches. This doesn’t help with fast changing software like node.js so a manual install gets around this.

Pre Requisite

Install the required packages:
sudo apt-get install build-essential libssl-dev curl


Go to and download the Linux binaries for either 32 or 64 bit. At the time I got node-v0.10.28-linux-x64.tar.gz so this will be used as the example from here on.

This guide will go through installing using root but it can also be installed without by using a different path to /usr/local e.g ~/local/

Extract the downloaded file to the directory created above:
sudo tar -xzf ~/Downloads/node-v0.10.28-linux-x64.tar.gz -C /usr/local

Rename the directory so that it is not version specific:
sudo mv /usr/local/node-v0.10.28-linux-x64 /usr/local/node

Add the binary executable directory to the shell path to save typing /usr/local/node/bin/[something]. Edit /etc/environment and append :/usr/local/node/bin onto the end of the PATH= inside the quotes. For example from:




For non root, edit ~/.bashrc file and append this to the file:
export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/node/bin

Reload bash shell to pick up the changes. Root install:
source /etc/environment

Non root:
source ~/.bashrc

To check the install worked, type the following and the prompt should change:

To allow sudo users to run node and more importantly npm command (which allows packages to be updated) edit /etc/sudoers and append :/usr/local/node/bin to the line starting with Defaults secure_path=


NPM is installed as part of node.js but it doesn’t have execute permissions. To enable this:
sudo chmod +x /usr/local/node/lib/node_modules/npm/bin/npm.cmd

To test it works type:


Small inconvenience to get the latest and greatest.

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