Switch Node.js versions with the Node Version Manager (nvm)

Switch Node.js versions with the Node Version Manager (nvm)

NVM, the Easiest Way to Switch Node.js.To switch through installed versions, nvm provides the nvm use command. This works similar to the install command. So, you need to follow this by a version number or one of the aliases.

Nope, I didn’t Misspell NPM — Node Version Manager is it’s Own Handy Dev Tool

Multiple Node Environments are a Pain to Develop In Locally

I’m sure I’m not alone when I tell you that my current development team owns two different UI applications: one built in AngularJS (the old one) and one built in React (the new one). The two work together to serve up a single user experience, while we slowly migrate over the existing screens and functionality from the old, AngularJS application into the new, React application. The end goal is that the React application will one day host the entire application on its own.

I’m sure I’m also not alone when I tell you that the AngularJS application will ONLY run on Node.js version 9 (it crashes and causes weird bugs if it’s not), and our React application needs Node version 10 or above to take advantage of all the ES6 and beyond features.

And you know what? Switching between Node environments for local development is kind of a pain. It’s not easy, it’s something I forget to do frequently (until I have an unexplained issue during development), and frankly, it’s just not the easiest thing to do on a Mac.

This was my lot in life, until a co-worker clued me in to an awesome tool called Node Version Manager (NVM).

NVM is a local development game changer. Let me tell you how.

Node Version Manager What Is It?

Node Version Manager is exactly what its name says:

[NVM is a] Simple bash script to manage multiple active node.js versions. — NVM, Github

While it doesn’t sound complicated, what NVM can do is awesome. It makes it possible to:

  • Access every long term support (LTS) version of Node.js from v0.1.14 to the latest version today, which happens to be v.11.10.1, as I write this,
  • Download any one of those remote LTS versions of Node locally with a simple command,
  • Set up aliases to switch between different downloaded versions of Node with ease,
  • Default to automatically use whichever version of Node.js is specified if a .nvmrc file is present in a repo,
  • And it works with multiple types of shells: Sh, Bash, Zsh, Dash, Ksh, (not Fish though).

As long as you’re fairly comfortable with the command line, you can use NVM.

Setting Up NVM

NVM is relatively easy to set up too — after hearing about its benefits, I was able to use the Github README.md to set it up on my computer in short order.

Step 1: Install NVM

The first step is simplest: just install NVM with the curl or wget command provided in the documentation.

Curl command:

curl -o- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/creationix/nvm/v0.34.0/install.sh | bash

Wget command:

wget -qO- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/creationix/nvm/v0.34.0/install.sh | bash

Step 1.2 Verify NVM in the Command Line

Close out your terminal, open a new window and type:

command -v nvm

If it’s installed you’ll get a message like:

If that happens, you’re ready to go and can skip step 2.

Otherwise if you get an error, you’ll be like me and need to do a bit more manual installation to set up your shell to point to NVM’s home directories. Keep reading.

Step 2: Add the NVM Directory Paths to Your Shell Profile (When Needed)

For me, even after installing NVM using the curl command, I still got an error message in my terminal when I typed command -v nvm to verify the installation.

At that point, I jumped down the documentation to the Git install section which had additional notes on how to add the NVM directory paths to the various shell profiles like ~/.bashrc or ~/.zshrc, in my case, since I prefer to use Zsh.

To edit my .zshrc, I just run:

nano .zshrc

Scroll down to the bottom of the file, paste in the following lines.

export NVM_DIR="$HOME/.nvm"
[ -s "$NVM_DIR/nvm.sh" ] && \. "$NVM_DIR/nvm.sh"  # This loads nvm
[ -s "$NVM_DIR/bash_completion" ] && \. "$NVM_DIR/bash_completion"  # This loads nvm bash_completion

Then type CTRL + X from a Mac, Y to save the changes, and Enter and you should be back where you started in the terminal.

If you want to double check your changes are there, you can run cat .zshrc and scroll down with the down arrow key to check the new NVM scripts are at the bottom of the file.

Once you’re sure it’s there, completely quit the terminal program and reopen it and type:

command -v nvm again, and you should see this:

We’re ready to use NVM now.

Using NVM

NVM is super simple to use. Here’s the commands you’ll need to know when you want to work with NVM in the command line.

nvm ls-remote

This shows you all available LTS versions of Node.js.

nvm ls

Shows you all installed versions available locally on your machine.

nvm install node OR nvm install 8.15.1

Typing nvm install node will install the latest version of Node.js to your machine, or nvm install <SPECIFIC_NODE_VERSION> will install the specified version.

nvm use node OR nvm use 11.10.0

This command will set the version of Node.js running locally to the latest version downloaded if you just type nvm use node, or the version specified if you append the command with the version numbernvm use --version e.g. nvm use 8.15.1.

  • Note: the version you want to run locally must be installed on your machine first, or else Node will fall back to whatever version it was running before the command was issued.

nvm run node OR nvm run 11.10.0

This command is almost the same as the one above, the only difference is typing nvm run node or nvm run --version like nvm run 11.10.0 will switch to the specified version of Node.js and open up a Node command line for you to run commands manually from afterwards.

In this way, you could, potentially, have multiple terminals open running multiple versions of Node at once. 🤔 Pretty handy…

nvm alias default node OR nvm alias default 11.10.0

These commands will set an NVM alias called ‘default’ to the latest downloaded version of node with nvm alias default node, or the specified version with nvm alias default --version like nvm alias default 11.10.0.

Once this default alias is set, any new shell will default to running with that version of Node.

These are the main commands you’ll probably use to download and switch between Node.js versions while doing local web development. At least, they’re the ones I use most of the time.

The NVM documentation though, is pretty good and it goes into real depth if you want to get fancy with your NVM-ing.


Node versions are something we rarely think about until they become a problem during development. And if your situation is at all similar to mine, you may need to switch between multiple versions regularly, because your various UIs demand it.

Node Version Manager makes it incredibly easy to do this right from the command line. From installation to actual use, NVM is simple, and it makes development in whatever version of Node.js that’s required, so much simpler as well. I hope you’ll take advantage of it.

Check back in a few weeks, I’ll be writing about React or something else related to web development, so please follow me so you don’t miss out.

Thanks for reading, I hope NVM can be useful to you and your development team when you’re writing your various JavaScript applications. Claps and shares are very much appreciated!

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Node.js is an open-source, cross-platform, runtime environment that allows developers to run JavaScript outside of a browser. In this post, you'll see top 7 of the most popular Node frameworks at this point in time (ranked from high to low by GitHub stars).

Node.js is an open-source, cross-platform, runtime environment that allows developers to run JavaScript outside of a browser.

One of the main advantages of Node is that it enables developers to use JavaScript on both the front-end and the back-end of an application. This not only makes the source code of any app cleaner and more consistent, but it significantly speeds up app development too, as developers only need to use one language.

Node is fast, scalable, and easy to get started with. Its default package manager is npm, which means it also sports the largest ecosystem of open-source libraries. Node is used by companies such as NASA, Uber, Netflix, and Walmart.

But Node doesn't come alone. It comes with a plethora of frameworks. A Node framework can be pictured as the external scaffolding that you can build your app in. These frameworks are built on top of Node and extend the technology's functionality, mostly by making apps easier to prototype and develop, while also making them faster and more scalable.

Below are 7of the most popular Node frameworks at this point in time (ranked from high to low by GitHub stars).


With over 43,000 GitHub stars, Express is the most popular Node framework. It brands itself as a fast, unopinionated, and minimalist framework. Express acts as middleware: it helps set up and configure routes to send and receive requests between the front-end and the database of an app.

Express provides lightweight, powerful tools for HTTP servers. It's a great framework for single-page apps, websites, hybrids, or public HTTP APIs. It supports over fourteen different template engines, so developers aren't forced into any specific ORM.


Meteor is a full-stack JavaScript platform. It allows developers to build real-time web apps, i.e. apps where code changes are pushed to all browsers and devices in real-time. Additionally, servers send data over the wire, instead of HTML. The client renders the data.

The project has over 41,000 GitHub stars and is built to power large projects. Meteor is used by companies such as Mazda, Honeywell, Qualcomm, and IKEA. It has excellent documentation and a strong community behind it.


Koa is built by the same team that built Express. It uses ES6 methods that allow developers to work without callbacks. Developers also have more control over error-handling. Koa has no middleware within its core, which means that developers have more control over configuration, but which means that traditional Node middleware (e.g. req, res, next) won't work with Koa.

Koa already has over 26,000 GitHub stars. The Express developers built Koa because they wanted a lighter framework that was more expressive and more robust than Express. You can find out more about the differences between Koa and Express here.


Sails is a real-time, MVC framework for Node that's built on Express. It supports auto-generated REST APIs and comes with an easy WebSocket integration.

The project has over 20,000 stars on GitHub and is compatible with almost all databases (MySQL, MongoDB, PostgreSQL, Redis). It's also compatible with most front-end technologies (Angular, iOS, Android, React, and even Windows Phone).


Nest has over 15,000 GitHub stars. It uses progressive JavaScript and is built with TypeScript, which means it comes with strong typing. It combines elements of object-oriented programming, functional programming, and functional reactive programming.

Nest is packaged in such a way it serves as a complete development kit for writing enterprise-level apps. The framework uses Express, but is compatible with a wide range of other libraries.


LoopBack is a framework that allows developers to quickly create REST APIs. It has an easy-to-use CLI wizard and allows developers to create models either on their schema or dynamically. It also has a built-in API explorer.

LoopBack has over 12,000 GitHub stars and is used by companies such as GoDaddy, Symantec, and the Bank of America. It's compatible with many REST services and a wide variety of databases (MongoDB, Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL).


Similar to Express, hapi serves data by intermediating between server-side and client-side. As such, it's can serve as a substitute for Express. Hapi allows developers to focus on writing reusable app logic in a modular and prescriptive fashion.

The project has over 11,000 GitHub stars. It has built-in support for input validation, caching, authentication, and more. Hapi was originally developed to handle all of Walmart's mobile traffic during Black Friday.

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