Installing Node.js & Node Packaged Modules (npm) on Amazon EC2 Debian

This is a quick guide to installing Node.js and Node Packaged Modules (npm) on Amazon EC2 Debian instance.

There’s a number of ways to install Node.js, here’s two common ones.

The following examples are for Node.js v0.10.13.

Method 1:

It uses Node Version Manager (nvm) to manage the installation of multiple Node.js and npm versions.

1. Install required packages

2. Clone the Node Version Manager (nvm) repository from

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

4. Add nvm to ~/.profile file to have it automatically sourced upon login.

5. Check the Node.js latest stable version from the Node.js website

6. Download and compile Node.js & npm.

7. Set v0.10.13 the default version to be used. This will add ~/.nvm/v0.10.13/bin to the PATH environment variable.


Method 2:

It uses the usual configure / make / make install procedure.



I hope this is useful to you. If you have any comments or suggestions, please let me know in the comment section below.

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