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How to update NPM and Node.js

⚠️ Note: I did this on MacOS. I have no idea if it will work on Windows or Linux.

In my previous post I covered how to get set up with Node.js and NPM. It's been a full 2 days since then, and in the meantime there's been an update that caused the Node app I cloned to fail.

The most straight forward solution I found was to use the n package in NPM to update Node.

Update NPM

First make sure NPM (Node Package Manager) is up to date.

  1. npm -v Check which version you've got installed.
  2. npm install npm@latest -g Install the latest version.
  3. npm -v Confirm that it was updated.

The version number might not change if you already had the latest version. This happened to me. No harm done.

Update Node.js

Next focus on Node.js.

  1. sudo npm cache clean -f Force NPM to clear its cache. The terminal will ask for your password since this command is using sudo.
  2. sudo npm install -g n Install the "n" package, which lets us install and manage different versions of Node.
  3. sudo n stable Install the latest stable version of Node.

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