Rajeev Kannav Sharma

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Uninstall and install node nodejs npm on ubuntu

12 Jun 2015

Remove old “node” Package to Avoid Conflicts

$ dpkg --get-selections | grep node
ax25-node                                       install
node                                            install

If you found the old “node” package installed, run this command to completely remove it:

sudo apt-get remove --purge node

Install Node.js with Ubuntu Package Manager

To install Node.js, open a terminal and type the following command:

sudo apt-get install nodejs 

Then install the Node package manager called “npm”:

sudo apt-get install npm

Create a symbolic link for “node” as many Node.js tools use this name to execute.

sudo ln -s /usr/bin/nodejs /usr/bin/node

Now we should have both the node and npm commands working:

$ node -v
$ npm -v

Install Node.js with Maintained Ubuntu Packages

The process below is described here, too.

Add the Node.js maintained repositories to your Ubuntu package source list with this command:

curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup | sudo bash -

Then install Node.js with apt-get:

sudo apt-get install nodejs

Optionally we can create a symbolic link for “node” (for reasons mentioned earlier):

sudo ln -s /usr/bin/nodejs /usr/bin/node

Using this install option, we end up with newer versions of “nodejs” and “npm”:

$ node -v
$ npm -v
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