Recently I had to install Node.JS on a server and allow all users to be able to use it.
As I like the nvm concept to be able to easily install Node.Js, I would like to be able to install Node via NVM, and make Node.Js available for all users. I do not want users to be able to install their own version of Node.JS, and I want to control the Node.js global packages on that computer.
So we will do the following
Install some usefull packages
- as root user[source, bash]
apt-get install git vim curl build-essential sudo
Install nvm as “root” / superuser
First you need to clone the nvm repository :
- clone nvm
git clone https://github.com/creationix/nvm.git /opt/nvm
Then create the directory
- create diretory
The edit the
~/.bashrc and add the following line to the file :
export NVM_DIR=/usr/local/nvm source /opt/nvm/nvm.sh
Then logout and login again, or type
source ~/.bashrc to enable nvm
- try nvm
nvm install 6.10.1
Now nvm is installed for root, but not all users.
To activate the node installation for users, we will add the script
local/nvm/alias/default` export PATH="/usr/local/nvm/versions/node/v$VERSION/bin:$PATH"VERSION=`cat /usr/
Then make that file runnable :
chmod +x /etc/profile.d/nvm.sh
Now connect as a user, and try to use node :
- try node
You should see the node version installed before (6.10.1)
Then try to install a new version of node :
- try node
nvm install 7.8.0
Result should be
nvm : commande introuvable
Install some global packages
With node you may want to install some package globbaly (
forever for example), and I think we should not allow users to install what they want so we may install global packages as root also.
As root run the command
npm install -g nodemon yarn for example, then login as a user, and run
nodemon index.js and it works.
So all global package should be installed as root (or other superuser).