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 curl installed:

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!