In previous post “How to install Nodejs on Ubuntu using NVM”, I have introduced the way to setup Node.js environment using NVM (Nodejs Version Manager). Usually, nvm is used to setup development environment, so it will be installed in individual user account.
However, sometime you want to install Nodejs for all users, example for testing deployment in different users or roles. You also want to switch Nodejs to run in many different versions. The solution is to install NVM in /opt/nvm as root. The directory “/opt/nvm” seemed like an appropriate location.
Clone the nvm source code into /opt/nvm directory:
# git clone email@example.com:creationix/nvm.git /opt/nvm
Created the directory /usr/local/nvm. This is where the downloads will go ($NVM_DIR):
# mkdir /usr/local/nvm
Create the directory /usr/local/node. This is where the NPM global stuff will go:
# mkdir /usr/local/node
Created a file called nvm.sh in /etc/profile.d with the following contents:
export NVM_DIR=/usr/local/nvm export NPM_CONFIG_PREFIX=/usr/local/node export PATH="/usr/local/node/bin:$PATH" source /opt/nvm/nvm.sh
Re-login to a shell session, then set the default node version:
# nvm install 0.10.37 # nvm alias default 0.10.37
The node binaries should now be in the PATH for all users the next time you login to a shell session. NPM will install global things to the /usr/local/node prefix.