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Johnny Simpson
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How to install nvm, the Node Version Manager

nvm stands for Node Version Management. If you don't have it installed already, in this quick guide we'll show you how to. nvm is used to manage the versions of Node.js installed on your computer, so it's a really useful tool. Using it, you can upgrade and change which version of Node.js you're running on your computer, and change Node.js version.

How to install nvm

On Linux or Mac, to install nvm, you can use the curl command:

curl -o- | bash
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If you want to install a different version of nvm, you can replace the v0.39.1 with whatever version you'd like to use. Alternatively, you can use wget to install nvm:

wget -qO- | bash
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After running one of these commands, you need to add nvm to your bash profile. So run this command next, so that you can get started using it immediately:

export NVM_DIR="$([ -z "${XDG_CONFIG_HOME-}" ] && printf %s "${HOME}/.nvm" || printf %s "${XDG_CONFIG_HOME}/nvm")"
[ -s "$NVM_DIR/" ] && \. "$NVM_DIR/" # This loads nvm
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How to install nvm on Windows

As with most things, windows is a little different. If you want to use an nvm-like functionality on windows, you'll need to use a package like nvm-windows. You can learn more about nvm-windows here, and for the latest install instructions, check out this link.


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Top comments (3)

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Fredy Sandoval

give it a try to fnm, it won't slow your terminal

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Johnny Simpson

cool, never heard of it, will check it out

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Andrew Baisden

Having Node Version Management installed is essential because sometimes you need to switch versions on the fly if a package is not working.