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How To Install NVM on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Install NVM on Ubuntu 22.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install NVM on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, NVM is a command-line utility that simplifies the management of Node.js versions on your system. It allows you to install, uninstall, and switch between different Node.js versions effortlessly. By using NVM, you can ensure that your projects are running on the desired Node.js version, avoiding compatibility issues and enabling you to test your applications across multiple versions. NVM is particularly useful for Ubuntu users who require the flexibility to work with various Node.js projects that may have different version requirements.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the NVM (Node Version Manager) on Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 22.04 and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pop!_OS, and more as well.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 22.04, 20.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install NVM on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish

Step 1. To ensure a smooth installation process, it’s essential to update your Ubuntu system and install the necessary build tools. Follow these steps to prepare your system:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install wget apt-transport-https gnupg2 software-properties-common

Step 2. Installing NVM on Ubuntu 22.04.

By default, NVM is not available on Ubuntu 22.04 base repository. Now run the following command below to download the latest stable version of NVM to your Ubuntu system:

wget -qO- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/nvm-sh/nvm/v0.39.1/install.sh | bash

The script clones the nvm repository to ~/.nvm, To use it, you must first source your .bashrc file:

source ~/.bashrc

Confirm you have successfully installed NVM:

command -v nvm

Now, you can ask NVM which versions of Node are available:

nvm list-remote

There will be a very long list to choose from. You can install any of the versions listed here. For example, to install Node.js 16.15.0 version you can simply use the install command with the specific version:

nvm install v16.15.0

Once the installation is completed, verify it by printing the Node.js version:

node -v

Review all installed versions of Node with the ls command:

nvm ls

Congratulations! You have successfully installed NVM. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the NVM (Node Version Manager) on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official NVM website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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