Run any command on specific Node.js versions.
- can run multiple Node.js versions at once
- can be run programmatically
- is much faster
- does not need a separate installation step for each Node version
- can run the major release's latest minor/patch version automatically
- works on Windows. No need to run as Administrator.
- does not require Bash
- is installed as a Node module (as opposed to a
Bash installation script
nve executes a single file or command. It does not change the
npm global binaries. To run a specific Node.js version for an entire project
or shell session, please use
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# Same as `node` but with Node 12 $ nve 12 node Welcome to Node.js v12.22.12. Type ".help" for more information. > .exit # Same as `node file.js` but with Node 8 $ nve 8 node file.js # Any command can be used $ nve 12 npm test # Execute a local binary $ nve 8 ava # Run a specific version $ nve 8.10.0 npm test # Use a version range $ nve "<8" npm test # Run the latest Node.js version $ nve latest npm test # Run the latest LTS version $ nve lts npm test # Run the Node version from `~/.nvmrc` or the current process version $ nve global npm test # Run the current directory's Node.js version using its `.nvmrc` or `package.json` (`engines.node` field) $ nve local npm test # Run the Node version using a file like `.nvmrc` or `package.json` $ nve /path/to/.nvmrc npm test # Use a different mirror for the Node binaries $ nve --mirror=https://npmmirror.com/mirrors/node 8 npm test # Do not use the cached list of available Node.js versions $ nve --fetch 8 npm test # Always use the cached list of available Node.js versions even if it's more # than one hour old $ nve --no-fetch 8 npm test # Use a different CPU architecture for the Node binaries $ nve --arch=x32 8 npm test # Chaining commands $ nve 8 npm run build && nve 8 npm test # Cache Node 8 download $ nve 8 node --version
Examples (multiple versions)
# Run multiple versions $ nve 12,10,8 npm test ⬢ Node 12.22.12 105 tests passed Finished 'test' after 3.8 s ⬢ Node 10.24.1 105 tests passed Finished 'test' after 4.2 s ⬢ Node 8.17.0 105 tests passed Finished 'test' after 4.5 s # Do not abort on the first version that fails $ nve --continue 12,10,8 npm test # Run all versions in parallel $ nve --parallel 12,10,8 npm test # Cache multiple Node downloads $ nve 12,10,8 node --version
Examples (list versions)
# Prints latest Node.js version $ nve latest 20.4.0 # Prints latest Node.js 8 version $ nve 8 8.17.0 # Prints latest Node.js 12, 10 and 8 versions $ nve 12,10,8 12.22.12 10.24.1 8.17.0
You can try this library:
npm install -g nve
node >=18.18.0 must be globally installed. However the command run by
can use any Node version (providing it is compatible with it).
To use this programmatically (from Node.js) instead, please check
nve [OPTIONS...] VERSION,... [COMMAND] [ARGS...]
This is exactly the same as:
But using a specific Node
VERSION. Several comma-separated
VERSION can be
specified at once.
VERSION can be:
- any version range such as
latest: Latest available Node version
lts: Latest LTS Node version
global: Global Node version
local: Current directory's Node version
- a file path towards a
engines.nodefield) or similar files
COMMAND must be compatible with the specific Node
VERSION. For example
is only compatible with Node
Both global and local binaries can be executed.
By default, when running multiple Node versions and one of those versions fails, the others are aborted. This option disables this.
When running multiple Node versions, run all of them at the same time. This is faster. However this does not work if the command:
- requires some interactive CLI input (for example using a prompt)
- is not concurrency-safe
Whether to show a progress bar while the Node binary is downloading.
Base URL to retrieve Node binaries. Can be overridden (for example
The following environment variables can also be used:
The list of available Node.js versions is cached for one hour by default. With:
--fetch: the cache will not be used
--no-fetch: the cache will be used even if it's older than one hour
The default value is
undefined (neither of the above). When no
specified (only printing the Node.js version), the default value is
Node.js binary's CPU architecture. This is useful for example when you're on x64 but would like to run Node.js x32.
All the values from
The first time
nve is run with a new
VERSION, the Node binary is downloaded
under the hood. This initially takes few seconds. However subsequent runs are
COMMAND can be omitted in order to cache that initial download without
executing any commands.
Difference with nvm
nve is meant for one-off command execution. Examples include:
- running tests with an older Node.js version
- checking if an older Node.js version supports a specific syntax or feature
- benchmarking different Node.js versions
- programmatic usage or child processes
nve can (and probably should) be used alongside those tools.
If your code is using native modules,
nve works providing:
- they are built with N-API
- the target Node.js version is
>=8.12.0(since N-API was not available or stable before that)
Otherwise the following error message is shown:
Error: The module was compiled against a different Node.js version.
nve: 261ms nvm exec: 619ms npx node: 994ms
nvebut programmatic (from Node.js)
execa: Process execution for humans
get-node: Download Node.js
preferred-node-version: Get the preferred Node.js version of a project or user
node-version-alias: Resolve Node.js version aliases like
normalize-node-version: Normalize and validate Node.js versions
all-node-versions: List all available Node.js versions
fetch-node-website: Fetch releases on nodejs.org
global-cache-dir: Get the global cache directory
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