Fix node.js cannot update to 8.x or other version on ubuntu 16.04
Node.js upgrade issue
When I was working with few projects with latest npm or related dependencies, sometimes we have to upgrade our node.js version in order to jump out of the dependencies hell especially you are migrating to the latest node.js.
However, when I am updating the node.js with the command
apt-get upgrade or
apt-get install nodejs on ubuntu 16.04 or other linux distrubition. It always telling me that my nodejs is already up-to-date.
Therefore, here are my few notes regarding the upgrade issue and troubleshooting footprint, hope it would be helpful to you:
0. Check the node.js version and download the latest version via package manager
You can use the option
-v to check your current node.js version in your system.
Also, you may try to install/upgrade your node.js via the package manager:
curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_8.x | sudo -E bash - sudo apt-get install -y nodejs
If your node.js still stay at the oldest version, please check the next steps.
If you installed the node.js before, or ran the update command before. In the
/etc/apt/sources.list.d/nodesource.list, you may see the following contents:
deb https://deb.nodesource.com/node_5.x trusty main deb-src https://deb.nodesource.com/node_5.x trusty main
If you are cuurently using the version
5.x, congratulations, that’s why your nodejs always telling you that your node.js is up-to-date but it actually not.
Please change the version to
8.x as the example below:
deb https://deb.nodesource.com/node_8.x trusty main deb-src https://deb.nodesource.com/node_8.x trusty main
Now, you can install the latest node.js via the following command (Debian and Ubuntu based Linux distributions).
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install -y nodejs
For more detail on other distributions, you can read the document on node.js.
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