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 previous step:

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 the node command to confirm:

node --version

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