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How to install Node.js on macOS using Homebrew

This post provides a step-by-step guide with a list of commands on how to install Node.js on macOS using Homebrew.

What is Node.js?

“Node.js is a JavaScript runtime built on Chrome’s V8 JavaScript engine. Node.js uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and efficient. Node.js’ package ecosystem, npm, is the largest ecosystem of open source libraries in the world.” ~ Node.js

What is Homebrew?

Homebrew is a free and open-source software package management system that simplifies the installation of software on Apple’s macOS operating system. It is known as the missing package manager for macOS.

Quick Commands

The following is the single command required to install Node.js on macOS using Homebrew.

$ brew install node

Brew Commands

This section provides a quick set of commands on how to install Node.js on macOS using Homebrew. It is assumed that Homebrew is already installed. If not, please follow this link.

$ brew update             # Fetch latest version of homebrew and formula.
$ brew search node        # Searches all known formulae for a partial or exact match.
$ brew info node          # Displays information about the given formulae.
$ brew install node       # Install the given formulae.
$ brew cleanup            # Remove any older versions from the cellar.

Summary

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Node.js on macOS making use of Homebrew. Follow me on any of the different social media platforms and feel free to leave comments.