There are a few ways to install Node.js, but it looks like only one way gives you the best experience for long term. Please find a few tips below how could you setup Yarn as well.
The best way to install Node.js on Mac is
You have to have the Command Line Tools on your Mac. Either you install the full XCode from App Store or just use the small Command Line Tools installer:
$ xcode-select --install
(If you’ve just installed XCode, don’t forget to launch it first and accepting the Terms and Conditions.)
You can use the install script for
$ curl -o- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/nvm-sh/nvm/v0.35.3/install.sh | bash
However, I would encourage you to use the manual installation process. Nothing special there. Firstly, you just clone the whole repo in a subfolder in your home directory. (
~/.nvm) Secondly, you add two extra lines to your console script (to
Please follow these steps as described in
nvm’s Readme: https://github.com/creationix/nvm#git-install
You have to relaunch your Terminals. Maybe you have to log out and log back to activate the new settings.
List your installed node versions:
$ nvm list
List the available node versions in the cloud:
$ nvm ls-remote
You can use the combination of this two commands to see only the last 9 lines from the huge list of versions:
$ nvm ls-remote | tail -n9
It is safe if you choose one of the most recent LTS (long time support) version and install it with the following command:
$ nvm install 14.4.1
Setup this version as the default.
$ nvm use 14.4.1 $ nvm alias default 14.4.1
Check your node version with
$ node -v
You should see
v14.4.1 if you installed the above version.
You can update your
npm to the latest.
$ npm install -g npm
After the update, the npm version,
npm -v, should be at least
6.14.5 or above.
A little extra tip. Remember for the following command because it simplifies the update process. ;)
Let’s say, you would like to stay on the stable, LTS version and you would like to keep all the global package what you’ve already installed. Here is the solution:
$ nvm install 12 --reinstall-packages-from=12 --latest-npm
It updates your Node.js version to the latest version 12 and install the latest npm, plus it setup all your previously installed global packages.
Alternatives for installing Node.js, but not suggested:
- Official Installer: https://nodejs.org/en/download/
- Using brew: https://nodejs.org/en/download/package-manager/#alternatives
Advanced tips for setting up
I use the following steps to keep
yarn up to date and use only
yarn global installer instead of
npm, so if a Node.js package is installed globally there won’t be any surprise and version mismatch in the future.
First of all check out that your
yarn default global binary folder is part of the standard
$PATH. Usually we don’t have to do anything here, because it should be
/usr/local/bin and it is part of our standard
$ yarn global bin /usr/local/bin $ env | grep PATH
You can create a shortcut
alias for calling
yarn command only with
y in your terminal. Aliases should be placed in your
Now, here is the trick. Install
npm, after install
yarn from global npm folder.
$ npm i -g yarn $ yarn global add yarn $ npm rm -g yarn
You can also install
yarn and remove the original
npm. In this case you have only one global copy of
$ yarn global add npm
(If you really wanna be sure that the yarn installed npm is gonna work, you can just rename the old npm command to something random and check with
witch npm that your terminal still can see an
Now, you can safely ask npm to remove itself from the original node folder.
$ npm rm -g npm
Advantage of this process, that all your globally installed Node package stays in
yarn’s folder so if you upgrade your Node.js with
nvm, you don’t have to reinstall them again.
For example install Prettier with yarn.
$ yarn global add prettier
Check how many global packages are installed in
npm folder and in
$ yarn global list $ npm ls -g --depth=0
Yarn should list
prettier, etc… The second command should list empty if you removed all the global packages with
npm rm -g.
You can always keep up to date your global packages with one simple command.
$ yarn global upgrade
Please avoid to install Node.js with
apt-get on Ubuntu. If you already installed Node.js with the built in package manager, please remove that. (
sudo apt-get purge nodejs && sudo apt-get autoremove && sudo apt-get autoclean)
The installation process on Linux is the same as on OSX.
With the provided script:
$ curl -o- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/creationix/nvm/v0.35.3/install.sh | bash
(Please read the instructions under OSX section.)
$ nvm list $ nvm ls-remote $ nvm install 14.4.1 $ nvm use 14.4.1 $ nvm alias default 14.4.1 $ node -v $ npm install -g npm $ npm -v
One more thing! Don’t forget to run the following command, which increases the amount of inotify watches.
$ echo fs.inotify.max_user_watches=524288 | sudo tee -a /etc/sysctl.conf && sudo sysctl -p
On Windows, if you don’t need more version from Node.js, you can use the official installer.
Install also Git for Windows.
Additionally, don’t forget to read this instruction, which is very interesting not just for Ember developers, but for everybody who uses Node.js on Windows.
Plus install and run
$ npm install -g ember-cli-windows $ ember-cli-windows
Always run your PowerShell or CMD.exe as Administrator.
Don’t forget to run these two commands in PowerShell (as Administrator):
$ Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -scope Process $ ember-cli-windows
Log out and log back in Windows.
Try to upgrade
npm and after install the latest
$ npm install -g npm $ npm install -g ember-cli
I would suggest, experiment with different shells. Which worked better for you? PowerShell, Git Shell, the original CMD.exe? Please, share your Windows experiment in a comment.
Now, you have Node.js on your machine, it’s time to go back to the Ember Tutorial