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Node Version Manager - Simple bash script to manage multiple active node.js versions
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Node Version Manager

It's repository based version of creationix's nvm. It means that it doesn't download tarballs but just switches tags on node.js repository and compiles needed versions.


First you'll need to make sure your system has a c++ compiler. For OSX, XCode will work, for Ubuntu, the build-essential and libssl-dev packages work.

To install clone it:

git clone --recursive git:// ~/.nvm

To activate nvm, you need to source it from your bash shell

. ~/.nvm/

I always add this line to my ~/.bashrc or ~/.profile file to have it automatically sources upon login.
Often I also put in a line to use a specific version of node.


To compile, and install the v0.4.1 release of node, do this:

nvm install v0.4.1

And then in any new shell just use the installed version:

nvm use v0.4.1

Or you can just run it:

nvm run v0.4.1

If you want to see what versions are available:

nvm ls

To restore your PATH, you can deactivate it.

nvm deactivate

To set a default Node version to be used in any new shell, use the alias 'default':

nvm alias default v0.4.1


If you try to install a node version and the installation fails, be sure to delete the node downloads from src (~/.nvm/src/) or you might get an error when trying to reinstall them again or you might get an error like the following:

curl: (33) HTTP server doesn't seem to support byte ranges. Cannot resume.

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