This page provides a series of miscellaneous reference articles that can be helpful when installing Plasma Group components.
Running a Terminal
Before you keep going, it's probably good to become familiar with using the terminal on your computer. Here are some resources for getting started:
- Windows: Command Prompt: What It Is and How to Use It
- MacOS: Introduction to the Mac OS X Command Line
- Linux: How to Start Using the Linux Terminal
git is an open source version control system.
You don't really need to know how it works, but you will need it in order to install most Plasma Group components.
Atlassian has a good tutorial on installing
git on Windows.
It's basically just installing an
.exe and running a setup wizard.
git on a Mac is pretty easy.
You basically just need to type
git into your terminal.
If you have
git installed, you'll see a bunch of output.
Otherwise, you'll get a pop-up asking you to install some command-line tools (including
git on Linux is also pretty easy.
However, the exact install process depends on your distribution.
Here's a guide for installing
git on some popular distributions.
In order to run our tools, you'll need to make sure that you’ve got
Here's a list of ways to install
Node.js on different operating systems:
If you're on a windows computer, you can download the latest Long-term Support (LTS) version of
You'll just need to install the
.msi file that
Node.js provides and restart your computer.
You have some options if you want to install
Node.js on a Mac.
The simplest way is to download the
.pkg file from the
Node.js downloads page.
Once you've installed the
.pkg file, run this command on your terminal to make sure everything is working properly:
If everything is working, you should see a version number pop up that looks something like this:
Note: If you've already installed
Node.js with the above steps, you can skip this section!
You can also install
Node.js using Homebrew.
First, make sure Homebrew is up to date:
Now just install
brew install node
There are different ways to install
Node.js depending on your Linux distribution.
Here's an article that goes through installing
Node.js on different distributions.