Right on schedule, Canonical has released the latest long term service release of Ubuntu, version 18.04.
This particular release is shipping with Node.js 8 which is the current long term service release of Node.js. Unfortunately, the version which shipped (8.10.0) is already a bit behind the latest version, 8.11.1 (at the time of this writing)
Never fear though, you can easily upgrade to the latest and greatest with a
couple of commands. First, let’s make sure we have
sudo apt install curl
Once that’s done, download and run the Node.js 8.x installer:
curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_8.x | sudo -E bash -
The installer will create a source file for the official repo, pulls down the
signing key and even does you a solid by running an
apt update for you.
All that’s left to do is to install (or upgrade to) the latest version of Node.js 8.x:
sudo apt install nodejs
As a bonus,
npm will be installed as well.
Now you’re good to go with the latest Node.js 8.x on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS!