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How to install latest Node.js on Linux

Node.JS is a JavaScript runtime built on Chrome’s V8 JavaScript engine. Node.js uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and efficient. Node.js’ package ecosystem, npm, is the largest ecosystem of open source libraries in the world.

Node.JS Key Features

  • Asynchronous and Event Driven − All APIs of the library are asynchronous, that is, non-blocking. It essentially means a NodeJS based server never waits for an API to return data. The server moves to the next API after calling it and a notification mechanism of Events of NodeJS helps the server to get a response from the previous API call.
  • Very Fast − Being built on Google Chrome’s V8 JavaScript Engine, NodeJS library is very fast in code execution.
  • Single Threaded but Highly Scalable − NodeJS uses a single threaded model with event looping. Event mechanism helps the server to respond in a non-blocking way and makes the server highly scalable as opposed to traditional servers which create limited threads to handle requests. Node.js uses a single threaded program and the same program can provide service to a much larger number of requests than traditional servers like Apache HTTP Server.
  • No Buffering − Node.js applications never buffer any data. These applications simply output the data in chunks.
  • License − Node.js is released under the MIT license
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Latest release Node.JS 7.3.0 changelog

  • buffer:
    • buffer.fill() now works properly for the UCS2 encoding on Big-Endian machines
  • cluster:
    • disconnect() now returns a reference to the disconnected worker
  • crypto:
    • The built-in list of Well-Known CAs (Certificate Authorities) can now be extended via a NODE_EXTRA_CA_CERTS environment variable
  • http:
    • Remove stale timeout listeners in order to prevent a memory leak when using keep alive
  • tls:
    • Allow obvious key/passphrase combinations
  • url:
    • Including base argument in URL.originFor() to meet specification compliance
    • Improve URLSearchParams to meet specification compliance.

How to Install Node.JS 7.3.0 on Ubuntu 16.04

  • Install some dependencies
sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install build-essential libssl-dev
curl -sL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/creationix/nvm/v0.33.0/install.sh -o install_nvm.sh

bash install_nvm.sh
  • Close your Terminal screen and open it again to gain access to the nvm functionality. Then run the following commands
nvm list

nvm ls-remote

nvm install 7.3.0

nvm use 7.3.0

nvm alias default 7.3.0

Note: When you install Node.js using nvm, the executable is called node. To view the version installed, simpy run the following commands

node -v
  • Update the npm to latest version
npm install -g npm

npm -v

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