Ubuntu 17.10, codenamed “Artful Aardvark” was released yesterday…
… with Node.js v6.11.4 #sadtrombone
It could be worse though, Debian 9.x (Stretch) still ships with Node v4… but I’ll save how to remedy that for another post ;)
Now, I can’t imagine you came here to listen to me throw shade at distros that aren’t Arch Linux, so let’s get to upgrading Node.js!
First, you’ll want to make sure that you have
curl installed. Doesn’t hurt to
run an update while you’re in there as well:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install curl
Once that’s all done, you will need to download and run the install script
provided by NodeSource. It’s easy though and why we needed
curl in the
curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_8.x | sudo -E bash -
That’s going to take a minute while it sets up the repository and all of that
goodness. It will run
apt-get update again for you as well. Once that’s done,
you can install Node v8.7 (as of the time of this writing)!
sudo apt-get install nodejs
If you already have Node.js installed, don’t worry, that command will just upgrade the current version to the latest version.
To confirm that everything worked as expected, just spit out the version from
node command to confirm:
That’s all there is to it! Now you’re running the latest version of Ubuntu and the latest version of Node.js.
You’re so bleeding edge that I’m shocked you’re not running Arch :P