Node.js on RPi

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Node.js works on Rapsberry Pi. Currently, it is possible to install an older version of Node.js using apt-get,

usually you will want or need a more recent version, and NodeJS are now maintaining more recent builds for RPi.

You can also compile the very latest yourself.

npm is now installed with nodejs.

Install Node.js 0.6

Simply call:

apt-get install nodejs

Download more recent version of Node.js

tar -xzf node-v0.10.28.tar.gz
node-v0.10.28-linux-arm-pi/bin/node --version

Build latest version of Node.js

Go to and copy the source code download url. In my example:

Create a file called and paste the folloing code:

tar -xzf node-v0.10.2.tar.gz
cd node-v0.10.2
sudo make install

Note that in your case, you may need to change the bold parts according to the version you want

After that, you can check that Node and NPM are properly installed using the following command lines:

node -v

should reply v0.10.2

npm -v

should reply 1.2.25

The compilation will run for 1 or 2 hours on RPi. If you are doing that using ssh connection, you may want to install screen: It will allow you to close the ssh connection without killing the compilation process. See

Those instructions have been tested with Node.js 0.10.2

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