Installing Node.js on a Mac is a straightforward process that can be completed in just a few minutes. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to install Node.js and npm on your Mac machine.
Step 1: Download Node.js
To begin, you need to download the Node.js installer for macOS from the official website. Visit nodejs.org and click on the “Download” button for the LTS (Long Term Support) version, which is recommended for most users.
Step 2: Run the Installer
Once the installer file is downloaded, locate it in your Downloads folder and double-click on it to run it. This will initiate the installation process.
Make sure to close any open Terminal windows before running the installer. This will prevent any conflicts during installation.
Step 3: Complete Installation
The Node.js installer will guide you through the installation process with a series of prompts. Simply follow these prompts and click “Continue” or “Next” where applicable.
- Introduction: Click “Continue” to begin
- License: Read through the license agreement and click “Continue”, then click “Agree” to accept the terms
- Select Destination: Choose your desired destination for installing Node.js or leave it as default and click “Install”
- Password: Enter your administrator password when prompted and click “Install Software”
- Installation Complete: Click “Close” to finish the installation process
Once the installation is complete, you can verify that Node.js is successfully installed by opening a new Terminal window and typing the following command:
If you see a version number displayed, such as “v14.15.1”, it means that Node.js has been installed successfully.
Step 4: Verify npm Installation
npm (Node Package Manager) is automatically installed alongside Node.js. To check if npm is installed, open a new Terminal window and enter the following command:
If you see a version number displayed, such as “6.14.8”, it means that npm has been installed successfully.
You have successfully installed Node. You are now ready to start developing applications using Node.js and its vast ecosystem of packages and libraries.
In this tutorial, we walked you through the step-by-step process of downloading and installing Node.js on your Mac. We also verified the installations of both Node.js and npm using simple commands.
Happy coding with Node.js!