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joyeecheung and Trott src: schedule destroy hooks in BeforeExit early during bootstrap
Instead of doing it in the `internalBinding('async_wrap')`
initialization whose first call is uncertain depending on how
the native modules are loaded in JS land during bootstrap.

PR-URL: #25020
Reviewed-By: Jeremiah Senkpiel <>
Reviewed-By: James M Snell <>
Reviewed-By: Anna Henningsen <>
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  • Nightly: Code from the Current branch built every 24-hours when there are changes. Use with caution.

Current and LTS releases follow Semantic Versioning. A member of the Release Team signs each Current and LTS release. For more information, see the Release README.


Binaries, installers, and source tarballs are available at

Current and LTS Releases

The latest directory is an alias for the latest Current release. The latest-codename directory is an alias for the latest release from an LTS line. For example, the latest-carbon directory contains the latest Carbon (Node.js 8) release.

Nightly Releases

Each directory name and filename contains a date (in UTC time) and the commit SHA at the HEAD of the release.

API Documentation

Documentation for the latest Current release is at Version-specific documentation is available in each release directory in the docs subdirectory. Version-specific documentation is also at

Verifying Binaries

Download directories contain a SHASUMS256.txt file with SHA checksums for the files.

To download SHASUMS256.txt using curl:

$ curl -O

To check that a downloaded file matches the checksum, run it through sha256sum with a command such as:

$ grep node-vx.y.z.tar.gz SHASUMS256.txt | sha256sum -c -

For Current and LTS, the GPG detached signature of SHASUMS256.txt is in SHASUMS256.txt.sig. You can use it with gpg to verify the integrity of SHASUM256.txt. You will first need to import the GPG keys of individuals authorized to create releases. To import the keys:

$ gpg --keyserver --recv-keys DD8F2338BAE7501E3DD5AC78C273792F7D83545D

See the bottom of this README for a full script to import active release keys.

Next, download the SHASUMS256.txt.sig for the release:

$ curl -O

Then use gpg --verify SHASUMS256.txt.sig SHASUMS256.txt to verify the file's signature.

Building Node.js

See for instructions on how to build Node.js from source and a list of supported platforms.


For information on reporting security vulnerabilities in Node.js, see

Current Project Team Members

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TSC Emeriti


Collaborator Emeriti

Collaborators follow the in maintaining the Node.js project.

Release Keys

GPG keys used to sign Node.js releases:

To import the full set of trusted release keys:

gpg --keyserver --recv-keys 4ED778F539E3634C779C87C6D7062848A1AB005C
gpg --keyserver --recv-keys B9E2F5981AA6E0CD28160D9FF13993A75599653C
gpg --keyserver --recv-keys 94AE36675C464D64BAFA68DD7434390BDBE9B9C5
gpg --keyserver --recv-keys B9AE9905FFD7803F25714661B63B535A4C206CA9
gpg --keyserver --recv-keys 77984A986EBC2AA786BC0F66B01FBB92821C587A
gpg --keyserver --recv-keys 71DCFD284A79C3B38668286BC97EC7A07EDE3FC1
gpg --keyserver --recv-keys FD3A5288F042B6850C66B31F09FE44734EB7990E
gpg --keyserver --recv-keys 8FCCA13FEF1D0C2E91008E09770F7A9A5AE15600
gpg --keyserver --recv-keys C4F0DFFF4E8C1A8236409D08E73BC641CC11F4C8
gpg --keyserver --recv-keys DD8F2338BAE7501E3DD5AC78C273792F7D83545D
gpg --keyserver --recv-keys A48C2BEE680E841632CD4E44F07496B3EB3C1762

See the section above on Verifying Binaries for how to use these keys to verify a downloaded file.

Other keys used to sign some previous releases:

Contributing to Node.js